Wollongong Writers Festival: Seventy is the new fifty


When: 6pm AEDT, Thursday 26 November 2020
Where: Zoom hosted by Wollongong Writers Festival
Tickets: $10 + booking fee. Purchase here.

In a world where seventy is the new fifty, old age isn’t what it used to be. By 2060, the ratio of Australians aged over sixty-five will have passed one in four. This unprecedented demographic transformation marks a quiet revolution with far-reaching consequences for both individuals and wider society. Join Griffith Review editor Ashley Hay and contributors to Griffith Review 68: Getting On Helen Garner and Vicki Laveau-Harvie as they discuss ageing in contemporary times.

About the panellists

Helen Garner’s first book, Monkey Grip, appeared in 1977. She is well-known for her novels, short stories, journalism and essays, and for several influential works of non-fiction. The first volume of her diaries, Yellow Notebook, was published in 2019.

Vicki Laveau-Harvie was born in Canada, but lived in France for many years before coming to Australia. She is a former academic and translator, and taught ethics in a primary school after retiring. Her memoir, The Erratics (4th Estate, 2019), won the 2018 Finch Memoir Prize and the 2019 Stella Prize.

Ashley Hay (Chair) is the editor of Griffith Review. She is a prize-winning author who has published three novels and four books of narrative non-fiction. Her work has won several awards, including the Colin Roderick Prize, the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing.



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