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Program updates for Friday: 
- Sydney Morning Herald’s innovation editor, Stephen Hutcheon, is replacing Conal Hanna on the Tiny screen, big disruption: Mobile-first strategies, and Amy O’Leary will not be appearing.
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Susan Wyndham

The Sydney Morning Herald
Literary editor

Susan Wyndham is literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. Since beginning her 35-year career in journalism as a Herald cadet, she has worked as a news reporter, feature writer, Good Weekend editor, New York correspondent for The Australian and a deputy editor of theHerald. She is the author of Life In His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist (2008), contributing editor of My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent (2013) and has edited and written for several other books.

Susan Wyndham in six words: Reads books, reviews books, writes books.  

A career moment I’m proud of is …

Taking literature to the ABC’s Lateline in July, sitting in That Chair opposite Emma Alberici to talk about Harper Lee’s new novel, Go Set a Watchman. (More enjoyment than pride.)

Something or someone I’m inspired by is …

All the young writers publishing accomplished and original fiction, such as Maxine Beneba Clarke, Emily Bitto, Ellen van Neerven, Omar Musa, and many others. My admiration grows as I wrestle with a novel myself.

The time/place I’m most creative is …

Lying in bed thinking about what I want to write. Why is it never as good when I write it down? But the words come out best any time after midday (After a career of 6pm deadlines I’m not a morning person).

A kind of innovation that excites me is …

The increasing number of feature-length documentaries getting cinema release. Many of the recent films I’ve seen were docos – and many told creative women’s stories: Amy, Iris, Bill Cunningham New York, Finding Vivian Meyer, He Named Me Malala, Women He’s Undressed, Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words.

Other storytellers I admire are …

The late Oliver Sacks, David Attenborough, David Sedaris, Helen Garner, Charlotte Wood (especially her new novel The Natural Way of Things).

I would advise my 15-year-old self …

Stick to your plan to do an Arts degree and go into journalism because you will love it and do well. But try to publish a book before you turn 50 – it is such a satisfying feeling.

At Storyology I can’t wait to share …

Ideas about how writers can get their books into the world.

The Storyology session I’m looking forward to is …

Friday 9.25am keynote by Jim Roberts of Mashable, Keep the Change: The Power of Embracing Disruption.