11:30 am - 12:30 pm
University of Newcastle NUspace X207
Cnr Hunter & Auckland St
Newcastle NSW 2300
Meg Vertigan’s The Strong Dress and Kate Ryan’s The Golden Book navigate coming-of-age trauma for girls in Australia. Meg’s protagonist Kate is a fictional teenage patient of a discredited Australian psychiatrist in the era of Cleo’s sealed section and reactive moral panic around female desire. In Kate’s novel, the protagonist Ali revisits an intense childhood friendship in a markedly different era of parenting and understanding of adolescent mental health.
Meg and Kate will unpack the complexities of writing female subjectivity and characterisation with Catharine Coleborne.
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