One evening in December 2015, following a symposium on Christina Stead (‘Re-Discovering Again’), participants and members of the public gathered at the University of New South Wales’s Io Myers Studio for a sold-out writers’ panel. For over an hour the audience listened enthralled as Delia Falconer, Gail Jones and David Malouf seemed to forget where they were and plunged, in the way only fellow writers can, into the fiercely libidinal and dpassionately restless element that is Stead’s writing. In tandem with the symposium that generated this special ALS issue, this lively scene of writerly engagement demonstrated the cultural significance and maturity of Christina Stead studies in the present moment.
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