A deep-dive discussion with Charlotte Grimshaw about her explosive new memoir, facilitated by filmmaker and fellow memoirist Miro Bilbrough.

Charlotte Grimshaw is the acclaimed author of 10 works of fiction and is the 2021 Voyager Media Awards Reviewer of the Year. Following its April 2021 release, the literary world has been abuzz about her revelatory ‘memoir of the year’, The Mirror Book.

Charlotte grew up in her famous literary family with the mantra, ‘It’s material, make a story out of it’. But when her life suddenly turned upside-down, she needed to re-examine the reality of that material. The more she delved into her memories, the more the real characters in her life seemed to object.

Miro Bilbrough, who also grew up in a 'literary family' of sorts, will guide the discussion as Grimshaw reveals the truth of ‘a whole life lived in fiction’.

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Charlotte Grimshaw 

The author of a number of critically acclaimed novels and outstanding collections of linked stories, Charlotte Grimshaw has been a double finalist and prize winner in the Sunday Star-Times short story competition, and in 2006 she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award. Her story collection Opportunity was shortlisted for the 2007 Frank O’Connor International Prize, and in 2008 Opportunity won New Zealand’s premier Montana Award for Fiction or Poetry. She was also awarded the 2008 Montana Book Reviewer of the Year. Her story collection Singularity was short-listed for the 2009 Frank O’Connor International Prize and the South East Asia and Pacific section of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Grimshaw’s fourth novel, The Night Book, was shortlisted for the 2011 NZ Post Award. She writes a monthly column in Metro magazine, for which she has won the Qantas Media Award. She has also won reviewer of the Year at the Voyager Media Awards in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Miro Bilbrough 

Miro Bilbrough is a writer and filmmaker who grew up in New Zealand and lives in Australia. Her poetry chapbook Small-time spectre was published by Kilmog in 2010, and she has a Creative Doctorate of Arts in screenwriting and screen studies from the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. Her critically acclaimed feature films are Being Venice (2012), which premiered at Sydney Film Festival, and Floodhouse (2004). Excerpts and trailers, as well as her six-minute ciné-poem Urn (1995), can be viewed at


Fri 22 Oct | 1.30pm

60 min

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