Kicking The Door Down

Kate Grenville In Conversation With Nicole Abadee

10.00 AM – 11.00 AM
Manning Clark Hall
Kambri Cultural Centre (ANU)

Kate Grenville’s grandmother, Dolly Maunder, was born at the end of the nineteenth century, when society’s long-locked doors were finally starting to creak ajar for women. Born into a poor farming family in country New South Wales but clever, energetic and determined, she spent her restless life pushing at those doors…

In her new novel, Kate Grenville imagines her way into the life of her grandmother. Join Kate and Nicole Abadee for an intimate conversation about the stories - and voices - we lose to history, and how they might be reclaimed.


KATE GRENVILLE is the author of fifteen books, including fiction, non-fiction, biography, and books about the writing process. Her international bestseller, The Secret River was awarded local and overseas prizes, has been adapted for the stage and as an acclaimed television miniseries. Her most recent novel is the bestselling A Room Made of Leaves. In 2017 Grenville was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.


NICOLE ABADEE is the books writer for Good Weekend, out on Saturdays in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and is also a regular contributor to their much-loved Two of Us column. She has a segment, ‘Between the Covers’ every second Friday on ABC Sydney where she talks books with Josh Szeps on his Afternoons show and she appears regularly as an interviewer at writers' festivals and literary events.