Conversations with Friends #4: Lauren Chater and Sarah-Jane Burton

Old friends are the best kind of friends!  In this episode, we get to listen in on Lauren Chater and Sarah-Jane Burton as they discuss their long time friendship. It’s a story that could be made into a movie!  They talk about being young writers, the city, the country, Sylvia Plath and would you believe, there’s even a positive Goodreads story?

Lauren Chater (above) is the author of the bestselling historical novels The Lace Weaver and Gulliver’s Wife, as well as the baking compendium Well Read Cookies – Beautiful Biscuits Inspired by Great Literature.

In 2018 she was awarded a grant by the Neilma Sidney Literary Fund to travel to the Netherlands to research her third novel The Winter Dress, inspired by a real 17th century gown found off the Dutch coast in 2014.

In her spare time, she loves baking and listening to her children tell their own stories. She is a member of Writing NSW and the Australian Society of Authors.


Dr Sarah-Jane Burton (above) is a Research Fellow in the the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics with the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University. She holds a BA in Communications and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Wollongong. Her research is focused on twentieth-century American poetry with a particular interest in the literary history of New England. She is the Official Historian for the New England Poetry Club in Boston, MA and her research has been funded internationally by Harvard and Indiana University. She has worked as a freelance writer and stylist and is the author of multiple magazine, newspaper and academic pieces. For more information, visit

Twitter: @doctorsjburton

Instagram: @doctorsjburton

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