Although her novels confront the moral issues of our times, Lionel Shriver has long avoided religion in her work. An atheist, Shriver confesses that to make her characters religious would, for her, make them 'unfathomable'. Her fictional characters do not adhere to any faith.
Literature and religion share a common purpose in what they address and the purpose they serve humanity: to sustain us with stories. In a candid reflection based on her personal experiences, Shriver examines the intersection of literature and religion in this thought-provoking opening address.
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20-23 Feb 2014
Perth Writers Festival brings you a stellar line-up of international and Australian authors, thinkers and provocateurs.
Sat 22 Feb 2014
Martin Amis is one of the most influential and polarising literary figures of our times.
3-9 March 2014
A gorgeously rendered biopic of French writer Violette Leduc, who caused a sensation in post-war France with her provocative novels.