'The danger you have to negotiate is not the dimpled coyness of the past – it is its obscenity.' So argued Hilary Mantel, taking aim at ‘grumbling’ in literary circles about historical fiction. ‘Chick-lit with wimples’ it ain’t, she says. Taking up the debate are Melissa Ashley, Hannah Kent and Liam Pieper, who have written about periods ranging from Nazi Germany to 19th century Ireland. They talk to Ashley Hay and tackle the question: can we engage with the present without revisiting the past?
When: Thursday 25 May 2017, 11.30am
Where: Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney NSW
Cost: $15-$20. Tickets available here.
Contact: Visit Sydney Writers' Festival for more information.