Literature & Ideas

Helen Garner

How to End a Story

Helen Garner 1pm South Lawn, Fremantle Arts Centre $19
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Helen Garner’s third volume of diaries is an account of a woman fighting to hold on to a marriage that is disintegrating around her. Living with a powerfully ambitious writer who is consumed by his work and trying to find a place for her own spirit to thrive, she rails against the confines. At the same time, she is desperate to find the truth in their relationship – and the truth of her own self. 

This is a harrowing story, a portrait of the messy, painful, dark side of love lost, of betrayal and sadness and the sheer force of a woman’s anger. But it is also a story of resilience and strength, strewn with sharp insight, moments of joy and hope, the immutable ties of motherhood and the regenerative power of a room of one’s own. 

Helen Garner joins us via live stream in conversation with Gillian O’Shaughnessy.

Helen Garner

Helen writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. In 2019 she was honoured with the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Her novels include The Children’s Bach, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Spare Room. She lives in Melbourne.

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Time & Location

Sun 27 Feb

1pm South Lawn, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle / Walyalup



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