Moderator: Lucy Neave • Kaya Wilson, Natasha Sholl, Sam Vincent and Lech Blaine
What are the personal and professional pressures to ‘make it’? From ambition to burnout, from societal and parental pressure to leaving the inner-city life to take over the family farm, our panel gets real about what they strive for and at what cost.
Kaya Wilson is a writer and tsunami scientist based in Australia. His non-fiction writing blends essay and memoir to explore universal themes of identity, gender and origin. Kaya was the winner of the 2019 Writing NSW Varuna Fellowship. Beautiful As Any Other is Kaya’s trailblazing memoir.
Natasha Sholl is a Melbourne-based writer and lapsed lawyer. Her writing has appeared in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend magazine, The Guardian, SBS Voices, Mamamia and elsewhere. She graduated from the University of Melbourne, majoring in Creative Writing. In 2020 she completed the KYD Mentors Program. Found, Wanting is her debut book.
Sam Vincent’s writing has appeared in The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review and The Best Australian Essays. His first book, Blood and Guts, was longlisted for the Walkley Book Award and in 2019 he won the Walkley Award for longform feature writing. He runs a cattle and fig farm in the Yass Valley, NSW; his new book is the memoir My Father and Other Animals: How I Took on the Family Farm.
Lech Blaine is a writer from Toowoomba. He is the author of the stunning memoir Car Crash and his writing has appeared in The Monthly, Guardian Australia, The Best Australian Essays and Meanjin. He was an inaugural recipient of a Griffith Review Queensland Writers Fellowship.
Lucy Neave is the author of the novels Believe in Me and Who We Were, a Griffith Review prize-winning novella set in a horse hospital in Dubai. She spent several years living in the US as a Fulbright scholar and in 2019 as a visiting scholar at New York University. She currently works at The ANU.