Right now, as we each experience isolation differently, food is a comfort for many. These times are also a reminder of how much food is a vehicle for connecting with family, friends and culture.
In Talking Writing: Food, we consider the use of food to convey history, community, identity, love and memory. It can also raise complex questions of class, gender equality, our relationship with nature, and ethics.
Join us online on Thursday 16 July for a discussion with a panel who experience and write about food in fascinating and varied ways. Chaired by author Debra Adelaide and featuring writer and researcher Donna Lee Brien, poet Ellen van Neerven and food writer Richard Cornish.
Debra Adelaide is the author or editor of 17 books, including novels, short stories, essays, and academic publications. Her novel The Household Guide to Dying (2008) was published around the world and short- or long-listed for several awards, including the former Orange Prize. Her most recent publications are the collection of short stories, Zebra (2019) […]
Ellen van Neerven
Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning author of the books Throat, Comfort Food and Heat and Light. Ellen’s mother’s family is Mununjali from south east queensland while Ellen’s paternal family is Dutch.
Richard Cornish is an award-winning food writer, author, creative director and events host. He is well known in the food scene as an independent writer and commentator on food issues. His vision for sustainable food events that helped create food communities and offer great experiences to guests have been part of the Melbourne Food […]
Donna Lee Brien
Professor Donna Lee Brien is Professor of Creative Industries at Central Queensland University. With a Masters and PhD in writing biography, Donna has written many articles and other publications on food writers and food writing, including most recently, in The Conversation on pickling at home and the history of porridge. Her most recent books include:Paradoxes […]
Talking Writing: India
India has long been the subject of literary fascination, from within and without. But what does it mean to write about a country, particularly when your sense of belonging may be complicated or compromised? And as far as muses go, what particular appeal or challenges does India present as a place and culture? Manisha Jolie Amin (Dancing […]