Keloid Geography: The Year in Australia

Keloid Geography: The Year in Australia keloid geography the year in australia gillian whitlock It isn’t often that the Brisbane Writers’ Festival is written up in e N Th ew Yorker and the New York Times, but in September 2016 it was, and the repercussions provoked readings and thoughts about life writing, women’s writing, appro- priation, and race throughout this past year. The event that triggered this provocation was the opening keynote speech by American novelist Lionel Shriver, a “fly-in, fly-out” writer at the festival who ostensibly spoke on its theme of “Community and Belonging.” But from the outset, Shriver set her own course: “I hate to disappoint you folks, but unless we stretch the topic to breaking point, this address will not be about ‘Community and Belonging.’ In fact, you have to hand it to the festival’s or- ganisers: expecting a renowned iconoclast to speak about ‘community and belonging’ is like expecting a great white shark to balance a beach ball on its nose.” Instead, Shriver spoke about ideologies that, she argues, call into ques- tion her right to write fiction at all. She begins with a “tempest in a teacup” on campus at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. As she tells it, two http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Keloid Geography: The Year in Australia

Biography, Volume 40 (4) – Mar 8, 2018

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keloid geography the year in australia gillian whitlock It isn’t often that the Brisbane Writers’ Festival is written up in e N Th ew Yorker and the New York Times, but in September 2016 it was, and the repercussions provoked readings and thoughts about life writing, women’s writing, appro- priation, and race throughout this past year. The event that triggered this provocation was the opening keynote speech by American novelist Lionel Shriver, a “fly-in, fly-out” writer at the festival who ostensibly spoke on its theme of “Community and Belonging.” But from the outset, Shriver set her own course: “I hate to disappoint you folks, but unless we stretch the topic to breaking point, this address will not be about ‘Community and Belonging.’ In fact, you have to hand it to the festival’s or- ganisers: expecting a renowned iconoclast to speak about ‘community and belonging’ is like expecting a great white shark to balance a beach ball on its nose.” Instead, Shriver spoke about ideologies that, she argues, call into ques- tion her right to write fiction at all. She begins with a “tempest in a teacup” on campus at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. As she tells it, two

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