Author Charlotte Wood becomes Notre Dame’s first Copyright Agency writer in residence

28 October 2019

Described as one of Australia’s most original and provocative writers, Charlotte Wood has been announced as the inaugural Copyright Agency’s writer in residence at The University of Notre Dame Australia, where she will begin work on a new novel about Catholicism and nuns.

Charlotte is the multi award-winning author of six novels and two books of non-fiction and was recently named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence for 2019.

Her new book The Weekend, about friendship and ageing, has been hailed as her ‘greatest novel yet’. Her bestselling book, The Natural Way of Things, won multiple awards including the Stella Prize, in 2016.

“I’m thrilled to be the inaugural writer in residence at Notre Dame and look forward to thinking in a new way about my planned new novel – an inventive work, I hope, about Catholicism and nuns, and the tension between the secular and spiritual demands of belief,” said Charlotte.

“I’m also excited about the various public activities that will take place throughout my residency, starting with a conversation about creativity, collaboration and friendship, with my fellow writer and friend Tegan Bennett Daylight at the Broadway campus in early December.”

In this free public event, Charlotte and Notre Dame writing lecturer, Tegan Bennett Daylight, will discuss how intellectual camaraderie and collaboration sustains their very different creative lives.

Associate Professor Camilla Nelson, head of the university’s writing program, said she was thrilled to welcome Charlotte to Notre Dame.

“Charlotte is a powerful and distinctively feminist voice in Australian literature. I deeply admire her willingness to enter difficult terrain and to pose risky and confronting artistic questions.”

Charlotte Wood’s residency is supported by a $30,000 grant from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Charlotte Wood will appear ‘In Conversation’ with Tegan Bennett Daylight at St Ben’s Hall on the Notre Dame Sydney campus, 104 Broadway, Chippendale, on Thursday 5 December at 6pm. Please RSVP at

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