Getting On: Seventy Is The New Fifty

Vicki Laveau-Harvie in conversation with Ashley Hay

Thursday 13 August 2020
2.30PM – 3.30PM

When Vicki Laveau-Harvie won the 2019 Stella Prize for her memoir, The Erratics, she described herself as “stepping out of a shell to claim something for herself…where many would view women of her age as surplus to requirements, like garden gnomes”. Now that 70 is the new 50, growing older isn’t what it used to be. How does this change the experience of ageing?

Presented by National Circuit. Sponsored by Griffith Review


Vicki Laveau-Harvie

Vicki Laveau-Harvie was born in Canada and lived for many years in France before settling in Australia. She has three passports and treasures the perspective this quirk of fate affords her. She has won prizes for short fiction and poetry. Her memoir The Erratics won the 2019 Stella Prize and the 2018 Finch Memoir Prize. She is currently working on her next book.


Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay has published three novels and four books of narrative non-fiction and is the editor of Griffith Review. Her most recent novel A Hundred Small Lessons was published in Australia, the US and UK and will appear in Italy in 2020.