Author performance

On the radio


Adelaide Writers Week 2018 – audio
  • Seeking Refuge – In Claire G Coleman’s novel Terra Nullius, she creates a world where the Settlers are eager to settle the savages. In Jane Rawson’s From the Wreck a mysterious creature survives the 1859 sinking of the Admella and attaches herself to a young boy. Join them for a conversation about how the fantastical helps make sense of Australia’s colonial past.
  • Invented Histories – This session brings together two writers who have taken moments in Australian history and imagined them into stories of blood, bonds and memory. In Storyland Catherine McKinnon connects Flinders’ voyage to Illawarra to a 19th century farm and then well into the future. In From the Wreck, Jane Rawson connects the sinking of the steamship Admella with a creature seeking refuge on earth.
  • On Bees & Birds (chair) – One time metaphor for sex, the birds and bees are increasingly a harbinger of doom. In Harriet McKnight’s novel Rain Birds, two women in a remote community find themselves at odds over a flock of cockatoos. In Maja Lunde’s novel The History of Bees, a century of beekeepers is lost to the future. For both writers nature is a place to consider our future.


At the Wheeler Centre – video
  • Science Fiction Addiction – 27 Oct 2014 – Is there such a thing as Australian science fiction – when you’re dealing with other worlds, does the nationality of the writer (and the setting) matter? Are there any questions or issues that Australian science fiction is uniquely positioned to address? And what’s so good about science fiction, anyway? Doug Hendrie talked to Jane Rawson, Lucy Sussex, Andrew Macrae and Max Barry about why they read and write in the genre, and what it means to be an Australian sci-fi writer.
  • The City of the Future – 13 Feb 2013 – In 30 years, Melbourne’s CBD will have another 220,000 new residents. A ‘second CBD’ has been proposed for Melbourne’s west, along with a third runway for Tullamarine airport – and more green wedge land for housing. Can a big Melbourne remain beautiful – let alone liveable or sustainable? Can we have it all, or do tough choices lie ahead? Part of our second Ideas for Melbourne series, Jane Rawson led a panel comprising Alan Davies, David Nichols and Roz Hansen.
  • On Politics and Conservation – 12 Nov 2012 – interviewing Tim Flannery about his Quarterly Essay.