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Private Lives
Code: 168  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir
Saturday, May 19 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Anne Sebba, Susan Swingler, Hilary McPhee, Anne Chisholm (facilitator)
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Should there be any limits for a biographer, or is it all fair game when it comes to letters, diaries, and other revealing sources? And do the rules change when their subject is dead? Anne Sebba discovered a cache of frank letters from Wallace Simpson. Hilary McPhee edited the revealing diaries of Tim Burstall. Susan Swingler was able to read the confronting letters of her father to her step-mother Elizabeth Jolley. They discuss the rules of engagement with Anne Chisholm.

Anne Sebba (International)

Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, journalist and former Reuters foreign correspondent. Her first job was at the BBC World Service in the Arabic department. She has written eight critically acclaimed books, mostly about iconic women who enjoyed using power and influence in different ways. Her latest biography is That Woman: The life of Wallis Simpson. Anne has presented BBC Radio documentaries, is a member of the Society of Authors Executive Committee and regularly lectures to corporations, clubs and institutions.

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Susan Swingler (International)

Susan Swingler is the stepdaughter of one of Australia’s most revered writers: Elizabeth Jolley. She has been a freelance photographer, gardener, university lecturer, curator and researcher. In 2002 she edited an anthology, New Writers 2001, for the Bath Spa University College and in 2000 wrote a chapter for Shifting Horizons: Women’s landscape photography now. Susan’s short fiction has been broadcast on the BBC. She and her husband travel widely and have made regular visits to Australia since the late 1970s.

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Hilary McPhee (Australian)

Hilary McPhee is a writer and publisher. Wordlines, her selection of recent Australian writing, was published in 2010 after a long stint in the Middle East and Italy. Hilary recently introduced and annotated a collection of Australian film director Tim Burstall’s diaries, Memoirs of a Young Bastard. She is now working on a sequel to Other People’s Words, an account of her life in books.

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Anne Chisholm (International)

Anne Chisholm is a biographer who has worked in publishing and journalism in Britain, the United States and Australia. Her books include lives of Nancy Cunard and Rumer Godden and a biography of the press baron Lord Beaverbrook, written jointly with her husband Michael Davie, former editor of The Age. Anne has judged many literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize, reviews regularly for The Spectator and the Times Literary Supplement and is chair of the Royal Society of Literature in London.

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