Helen Dale
columnist, Spectator, the Australian, Quillette; author, Kingdom of the Wicked and The Hand that Signed the Paper, winner of Miles Franklin Award

Helen Dale won Australia’s equivalent of the Booker Prize (the Miles Franklin Award) for her first novel, The Hand that Signed the Paper, read law at Oxford (where she was at Brasenose), and was previously Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm’s senior adviser.

Book II of her second novel, Kingdom of the Wicked – set in a Roman Empire that has undergone an industrial revolution – was published in June this year. Book I was published in October last year. For her sins, she sometimes consults in public relations and advertising, as well as writing regularly for the Spectator, The Australian, Quillette and the Cato Institute.

Follow Helen on Twitter: @_HelenDale


Saturday 13 October, 12:00 Level G Studio
Questioning diversity: discussing The Tribe

Sunday 14 October, 10:00 Cinema 3
Cultural appropriation in literature: whose voice is it anyway?