Natural Born Storytellers

Moderator: Jane O’Dwyer • Ruth Wilson, Jane Caro and Hilde Hinton

SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 2022
10.00 AM – 11.00 AM
House of Representatives Chamber
Museum of Australian Democracy

Behind the doors and curtains of everyday homes, what dramas are quietly playing out? Three writers with a talent for noticing the extraordinary in the ordinary discuss what makes good people, good lives, and good stories.

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RUTH WILSON

Ruth Wilson read her first Jane Austen novel in 1947. In 2021, at the age of 88, she graduated from The University of Sydney with a PhD suggesting a new approach to reading literary fiction at school. She encourages her four children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren to read widely, wisely and well. She and her husband are LATs, a married couple who live apart together. She is the author of The Jane Austen Remedy.

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JANE CARO

Jane Caro AM is a Walkley Award-winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, advertising writer, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator.

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HILDE HINTON

Hilde avoided being a writer for many years. But after her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Loudness of Unsaid Things, made a number of bestseller lists, everything changed. Now the stories won't stop. Hilde lives in a boisterous house in Melbourne with a revolving door for the temporarily defeated and takes great pride in people leaving slightly better than when they arrived. Her children are mostly loved. And so are her books.

Moderator

JANE O’DWYER

Jane O’Dwyer is CEO of the Cooperative Research Australia. Jane has more than 25 years of Australian and international experience across politics, media, peak bodies and higher education.