The Change Makers
Participating Chair: Linda Jaivin • Emma Batchelor, Diana Reid and Jo Dyer
Sometimes significant incidents in life can only be fully appreciated after they’ve passed. Four passionate women unpack pivotal moments and the vagaries of power and prestige.
Emma Batchelor is a writer and author from Canberra. After university and travel, Emma eventually embraced her desire to write and created her own online publication. Emma lives part-time with her partner Jesse and full-time with her cat Luna. Emma’s first novel, Now That I See You, won the 2021 Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript by an author under the age of 35.
Diana Reid is a Sydney-based writer, who graduated from the University of Sydney last year with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons Philosophy)/Laws. In January 2020, her career in theatre was off to a promising start: the musical she co-wrote and produced, 1984! The Musical!, debuted and she was set to direct and write theatre performances in Sydney and over to the Edinburgh Fringe. When COVID-19 saw the cancellation of global theatre, she decided she’d spend her time in shutdown writing a manuscript. Love & Virtue is her debut novel.
Jo is a writer, literary curator and producer of theatre and film. Most recently Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week, Jo has held leadership roles at national cultural institutions such as Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Theatre Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre. Her films have won awards and screened worldwide, notably at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2021, Jo was unexpectedly thrust into the national spotlight when she became an advocate for her deceased friend Kate, after Kate’s accusations of rape against then attorney-general Christian Porter were posthumously made public.
The Shortest History of China is Linda Jaivin’s twelfth book and her fifth work of non-fiction. Her seven novels include two based in China. She is a prolific essayist, cultural commentator and literary translator from Chinese, specialising in film subtitling. She is co-editor of the China Story Yearbook published by the Australian Centre on China in the World at The ANU. Linda lived for nine years in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China before settling in Australia.