In 2014, Writing NSW introduced a new series of events, Honouring Australian Writers, to pay tribute to and reconnect people with Australian writers of importance that may have slipped from view. The first writer we focused on was Thea Astley in 2014, and Randolph Stow in 2015.
In 2016 we honour Henry Handel Richardson (1870-1946), the pen name of Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson. The author of nine novels including The Getting of Wisdom and The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney, she is considered to be one of our great foundation novelists.
Speaking on the significance of Henry Handel Richardson’s writing are director Bruce Beresford, author Sophie Cunningham, historian Anna Clarke, and Richardson biographer Professor Michael Ackland.
Find out more about Henry Handel Richardson on our research page.
The Honouring Australian Writers series is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and State Library of NSW.
More in the Honouring Australian Writers series:
Bruce Beresford is an Australian film and stage director, screenwriter, and producer who specialises in small-budget character-driven dramas. After studying in Sydney, Beresford went to London, where he helped produce documentaries for the British Film Institute (1966–71). Back in Australia, he directed three films before his widely acclaimed Breaker Morant (1980), which helped establish the […]
Anna Clark is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney. With Stuart Macintyre, she wrote the History Wars in 2003, which was awarded the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History and the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Best Literary or Media Work Advancing Public […]
Michael Ackland was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, Monash University, Cologne University and the Australian National University, and taught for many years at Monash University. He has also taught and lectured widely in Europe and North America. He is fluent in French and German. His recent temporary positions included Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and […]
Sophie Cunningham is the author of five books, City of Trees, Geography, Bird, Melbourne, and Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy. She is a former publisher and editor, was a co-founder of the Stella Prize and is now an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University’s Non/fiction Lab. In 2019 Sophie Cunningham was made a Member of […]
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