Pip Adam talks to new novelists Harriet McKnight (Australia) and Annaleese Jochems (New Zealand) about their debut titles and how it feels to get feedback like ‘Sultry, sinister, hilarious and demented, Baby blazes with intelligence and murderous black humour.’ – Eleanor Catton and ‘Rain Birds is the kind of novel you will feel keenly, and think about for weeks after you’ve finished reading. McKnight is a writer to watch.’ —Ellen Cregan


‘Women of Letters is the perfect alchemy of literary art-party and storytelling’ -- Amanda Palmer







Saturday 11 November


City Gallery


Tickets $15 / $18


Harriet McKnight

Ausstralian Harriet McKnight’s work has been shortlisted for the 2014 Overland VU Short Story Prize, the 2015 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, and the 2016 Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. She works as Managing Editor of The Canary Press. Rain Birds is her debut novel.



Pip Adam has published a collection of short stories, Everything We Hoped For (VUP, 2010) and two novels, I’m Working on a Building (VUP, 2013) and The New Animals (VUP, 2017). Pip facilitates writing workshops with people affected by crime in prisons and communities

Pip makes the Better off Read podcast, too.



Annaleese Jochems was born in 1994 and grew up in Northland. She won the 2016 Adam Prize from the International Institute of Modern Letters for Baby, which is her first book.