Interview with Judy Nunn about her novel Maralinga: About acting, script writing and writing historical fiction


Featuring a gutsy female investigative journalist, Maralinga is a compelling story of romance, power and espionage set during the 1950s when the British government conducted an extensive series of nuclear tests in the desert of South Australia, an area inhabited and traditionally owned by Indigenous Australians. Very little was known about these events at the […]

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2011: Judy Johnson and Jesse Blackadder at Varuna

Authors Judy Johnson and Jesse Blackadder

Fiction in History In this session about historical fiction and telling the stories of those who may have been forgotten, Carol Major spoke with poet/novelist Judy Johnson (The Secret Fate of Mary Watson) and Jesse Blackadder (The Raven’s Heart). All three writers are Varuna alumni. Judy Johnson’s novel is set in far-north Queensland and is […]

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2011: Thomas Keneally and Edmund Campion at Varuna


This year marks the 20th anniversary of Varuna, the Writers’ House — Australia’s only national, residential  writers’ centre. Varuna holds an important place in Australia’s literary and political heritage. The ‘Grand Old Lady of the Mountains’, The Carrington hotel in Katoomba is the home of the increasingly popular Varuna program of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Built […]

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