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Beauty and Loss: A conversation with Delia Falconer

Presented as part of The Grieve Project

On Friday 18 August, please join us for a deep dive conversation about writing and ecological grief with award-winning author, Delia Falconer, to be held at Momo Wholefood Café in Newcastle.

In her latest book, Signs and Wonders: Dispatches from a time of beauty and loss, Falconer describes how it feels to live as a reader, a writer, a lover of nature and a mother of small children in an era of profound ecological unravelling.

Beautifully observed, brilliantly argued and deeply felt, these essays explore how global heating and species loss are changing not only our planet but our culture. Our emotions, our art, our relationships with the generations around us – all the delicate networks that make us who we are, Falconer suggests – have already been transformed.

In this intimate event, Delia speaks with Hunter Writers’ Centre director, Katherine McLean, about the profound cultural transformations happening alongside the “great acceleration” in human impact on the natural world. Presented as part of the Grieve Conversation Series, this event examines writing and grief in an age of accelerated global change.

During the session, Delia will be offering a writing prompt to participants at the event. You are invited to bring along your favourite writing tools, and join us to write.


A black and white photograph of author Delia Falconer. Image by Bronwyn Rennex

Delia Falconer is the author of the novels The Service of Clouds and The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers and Sydney, a personal history of her hometown.

Her writing has been widely anthologised and shortlisted for prizes across the fields of fiction, non-fiction, history, and biography. Her fourth book, Signs and Wonders: Dispatches from a Time of Beauty and Loss was published in 2021.

Signs and Wonders was named as a best book of 2021 by Anna Funder and Robert Adamson in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and by Brenda Walker and Tom Griffiths in The Australian Book Review, and won the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary award in 2022.

Read more about Delia here: Delia Falconer


Friday 18th August 2023
6.30pm for a 7.00pm start
Momo Wholefood Café
227 Hunter St, Newcastle, NSW


Members: $35 (Join the Hunter Writers’ Centre)
Non-members: $45
Online: $10 (a zoom invite will be forwarded on the day of the event)


LIGHT RAIL: Alight at the Crown St Light Rail stop

PARKING: Parking can be found on Wharf Rd Newcastle, across from Scratchleys on the Wharf, near Harry’s Café de Wheels


The Grieve Project, now in its 11th year, explores storytelling across the spectrum of loss. It provides permission and a platform to write our collective grief out loud. In 2023, the Hunter Writers’ Centre presents Grieve as a series of workshops and seminars held in August during National Grief Awareness month. The Grieve Project is an initiative of the Hunter Writers’ Centre. Find out more at: The Grieve Project – Hunter Writers Centre