Australian writer Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction, including Animal People, The Children and The Writer's Room - a collection of interviews with writers about their work. Her most recent book, The Natural Way of Things, was inspired by an ABC documentary, Exposed to Moral Danger, about the hidden history of one of Australia's most notorious state institutions, the Hay Institution for Girls. The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, and was joint winner of the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. Also last year, Wood was named the Charles Perkins Centre's inaugural Writer in Residence at the University of Sydney. Wood recently visited Wellington as a guest of Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).