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In the late 1920s and early 30s, Zora Cross interviewed her fellow women writers for the popular magazine the Australian Woman’s Mirror. Without her entertaining profiles, there would be little trace of these writers — Myra Morris, Llwelyn Lucas and Kathleen Dalziel among them — in literary history or biography. These three dozen interviews appear in the Mirror alongside flapper fashions, home remedies, and articles on ‘women of the world’.

Join Cathy Perkins for a lively glimpse of the Mirror’s writing women.

Cathy Perkins is the editor of SL magazine at the State Library of NSW. Her recent MA thesis in History looked at the life and work of Australian writer Zora Cross, the subject of her articles in Meanjin (Summer 2014 and Winter 2017).

Hosted by Inner West Cultural Services.

Proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for History Week 2017, supported by Create NSW.

When: Sunday 3 September 2017, 2:00pm
Where: Dickson St Space, 35-39 Dickson Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Cost: Free – book online
Contact: or 02 9550 4156

Images: covers of The Australian Woman’s Mirror, courtesy the National Library of Australia. Headshot by Joy Lai, State Library of NSW.