She I Dare Not Name

Donna Ward in conversation with Suzanne Leal

Thursday 13 August 2020
12.30PM – 1.30PM

“Spinster” – synonymous with solitude – is one word Donna Ward dares not name. In a world made for couples and families, Donna talks with Suzanne Leal about the challenges and courage of walking the road alone through midlife and beyond, and how she found the contentment and sense of achievement she never thought possible.

Presented by National Circuit


Donna Ward

Donna Ward is the publisher at Inkerman & Blunt. She founded indigo, the journal of Western Australian creative writing. Her prose can be found in respected journals and anthologies nationally, internationally and online. She has past lives as a psychotherapist and as a social worker. She, I Dare Not Name: A Spinster’s Meditations on Life is Donna’s first book.


Suzanne Leal

Suzanne Leal is the author of novels The Deceptions, The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street. A regular presenter at literary events and festivals and board member of Sydney Crime Writers Festival, Suzanne chairs the fiction and poetry panel for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and is the former senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Suzanne is a lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, and a senior member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and former member of the Refugee Review Tribunal.