Back to All Events

Griffith Review - Storied Lives


Every life offers a unique story – but some lives stand out so distinctly they leave their mark on the world. How do some people make such a difference – and trigger change both at large and close to home?

Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives – The Novella Project V focuses on people who have effected a change in the world. It looks at the lives of others – real and imagined – that have created a narrative that resonates.

Their stories, personal, political, scientific or cultural, help map change, and illustrate how an individual life can coalesce with history to leave an enduring mark. For the first time, Griffith Review's Novella Project combines both fiction and non-fiction in order to highlight the rich diversity of writing talent in Australia.

Join contributors Frank Moorhouse and Biff Ward, in conversation with GR founding editor Julianne Schultz.

Tickets: $12 (includes a glass of house wine or soft drink)




Biff Ward is the author of the literary memoir In My Mother’s Hands, which was shortlisted for the 2015 NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Literary Prize for non-fiction, and the 2016 WA Premier’s Prize for non-fiction, longlisted for The Stella Prize 2015, and won the 2014 Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for non-fiction. In 1984, her groundbreaking book Father-Daughter Rape, one of the first in the world about child sexual abuse, was published in the UK and the US. She is currently finishing a memoir about the Vietnam War.


Frank Moorhouse was born in the coastal town of Nowra, NSW. He worked as an editor of small-town newspapers and in the 1970s became a full-time writer. He has written fiction, non fiction, screenplays and essays and edited many collections of writing. Grand Days, the first novel in the beloved Edith Trilogy, won the SA Premier's Award for Fiction, while the second, Dark Palace, won the Miles Franklin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and The Age Book of the Year Award. His most recent book is The Drover’s Wife: A Collection.