Unpicking Classic RomancesSun 8 Sep, 2.30pm
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space
What’s up with Mr Darcy? What a mansplainer. And don’t get us started on Romeo. Armed with a contemporary lens, authors Clare Connelly, Anne Gracie, and Toni Jordan inspect how the classics may not hold up to today’s standards. With The Guardian’s Calla Wahlquist.
Clare Connelly is voracious reader and writer of romance, with over seventy category romance novels to her name. The appeal of romance is, for Clare, timeless and universal. When Clare isn't writing, she's most likely walking along the placid coastline of South Australia coming up with new story ideas.
Award-winning Melbourne writer Anne Gracie started her first novel while backpacking solo around the world. She's now working on her 22nd book. A nationally bestselling author in the USA, her Regency-era novels have been translated into more than eighteen languages.
Toni Jordan is the author of five novels, including the international best-seller Addition, the Indie award-winning Nine Days, and Our Tiny, Useless Hearts, a bedroom farce inspired by her love of Molière. Toni teaches creative writing at Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin. Her latest novel is The Fragments.
Calla Wahlquist is a Walkley award-winning journalist with Guardian Australia and a genre fiction tragic.