Whitehorse Manningham Libraries is considering the experience of ageing through a literary lens for Ageism Awareness Day.

We’re inviting readers of all ages to explore complex, nuanced and authentic experiences of aging by borrowing from a recommended book list including titles like Always (Morris Gleitzman), The Remember Balloons (Jessie Oliveros), Room for a Stranger (Melanie Cheng) and Tirra Lirra by the River (Jessica Anderson).

Jane Caro will be part of an online panel discussing the books that helped form her perspective on ageing and is keen to share her thoughts on the topic.

Authentic Stories of Ageing with Jane Caro and Joanna Nell

In conversation with Claire Halliday

04 Oct 2022 – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Online Via Zoom



What are your most memorable stories of ageing? Your favourite writers and characters that depict the nuanced, complex and unexpected facets of ageing? Join a panel featuring authors Jane Caro and Joanna Nell in conversation with Claire Halliday to be inspired, moved and transformed by the power of fiction.

About the authors:

Jane Caro AM is a Walkley Award-winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, advertising writer, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. Jane has published 12 books including the memoir Plain Speaking Jane, and Unbreakable which featured stories women writers had never told before and was published just before the Harvey Weinstein revelations. Her most recent non-fiction work is Accidental Feminists, about the fate of women over 50.  Her latest book The Mother (March 2022) is her first novel for adults.

Joanna Nell is a British-Australian writer, GP and advocate for positive ageing. She is the author of four bestselling novels The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village, The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker, The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home, and The Tea Ladies of St Jude’s Hospital. Joanna’s short fiction has won numerous awards and been published in magazines, journals and short story anthologies including Award Winning Australian Writing. She has also written for The Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum and Sunday Life magazines.

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