In Conversation > Linden's Writers in Residence

In Conversation > Linden's Writers in Residence
IMAGE > A participant making notes at an Linden event. Photograph: Shelley Xue.

Ever wanted to write a memoir but are too afraid that it'll hurt the people you love? Meet Linden's new writers in residence, Alexandra Collier and Georgina Banks as they discuss non-fiction writing, the anxiety of oversharing personal and family stories and how to represent the truth in their recently released memoirsAlexandra is the author of Inconceivable: Heartbreak, Bad Dates and Finding Solo Motherhood and Georgina is the author of Back to Bangka: Searching for the Truth about a Wartime Massacre. The event will be hosted by fellow Linden writer Bram Presser (The Book of Dirt).

The books will be available for purchase during the event. 

WHEN  > Sunday 3 September 2023
TIME  > 2:30PM to 4PM
VENUE  > Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda

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About the Speakers

Alexandra Collier

Alexandra Collier is an award winning Melbourne writer who has written for theatre, screen and print. Her memoir Inconceivable was recently published by Hachette. She lived and worked in New York for a decade where her plays have been produced Off Broadway, including Triplight, a new musical written with ARIA award-winning composer Greta Gertler Gold, at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. In Australia, her plays have been produced and developed at Sydney Theatre Company, La Mama and the Hayes. She has written for The Guardian, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Harper’s Bazaar and Mamamia. She is a MacDowell fellow, a winner of the RE Ross Trust Playwrights Award and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her screenwriting has been optioned by Revlover, and she has worked on developments for BBC Australia, Truce Films and Princess Pictures.

Georgina Banks

First time writer, long time storyteller.

Born in Sydney, Georgina left at nineteen to study acting in New York at the Neighbourhood Playhouse and then worked as a performer throughout her twenties. Following her interest in what makes people tick, she changed direction and went back to university to study Applied Psychology. In her consulting business, Changeable, Georgina combines her psychology background and facilitation skills to enable meaningful change for individuals, teams and organisations. As a performer, Georgina worked mainly in theatre for companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Playbox and Theatre South, and in television for shows like A Country Practice and Outback. Now Melbourne based, she has two daughters in their early twenties. When she has time she likes to escape with her husband to their block of land near Kyneton.

Bram Presser

Bram Presser is a semi-reformed punk rocker, recovering academic, lapsed lawyer and, now, full-time dad. His novel, THE BOOK OF DIRT (Text Publishing), won the National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction (USA), the Voss Prize and three categories at the NSW Premiers Literary Awards: the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the People’s Choice Award. His stories have appeared in numerous journals and collections. He was also co-founder of Melbourne Jewish Book Week and writes the popular novella-focussed Substack, A Book For Ants. 

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