Celebrity talk: Charlotte Wood
Beauty and the beastly
Captive and brutalised in an Australian bush prison, a young woman fantasises about The lady and the unicorn in Paris. It’s a fleeting moment in Charlotte Wood’s feminist dystopia, The natural way of things, but it carries many layers of meaning – about beauty and the feminine, imagery and female bodies, romance and the natural world. In this Art After Hours talk, the author discusses the clash of horror and the sublime in her work, and her own complex response to the famous tapestries.
The Australian newspaper has described Charlotte Wood as 'one of our most original and provocative writers’. She is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction. Her novel The natural way of things won the 2016 Stella Prize, 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, and was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction. It has been published across the globe. Her latest book is The writer’s room, a collection of interviews with Australasian writers, and her PhD thesis focused on an examination of the literary creative process.
Image: Charlotte Wood. Photo by Wendy McDougall