In 2014, Writing NSW introduced a new series of events, Honouring Australian Writers, to pay tribute to and reconnect people with Australian writers of importance that may have slipped from view. The first writer we focused on was Thea Astley.
On Saturday 29 August 2015 Writing NSW held the second event in this series, celebrating the life and writing of Western Australian author Randolph Stow.
A poet, novelist, critic, and librettist, Stow won the Miles Franklin award in 1958 and the Patrick White award in 1979. He was known for the metaphysical and existential qualities of his writing. Robert Adamson said of him: “The light of his vision could be blinding as well as illuminating. He became a long-distance role model and over the years his work stood up and became stronger. Stow’s craft, sparse and strong, held his visionary concepts and images in a translucent cage of language that floated on the pages of his books…”
Honouring: Randolph Stow brings together Gabrielle Carey, author of Moving Among Strangers a memoir about her family’s connection to Stow, Suzanne Falkiner whose biography will be released in 2016, Richard Tipping a poet and producer of a documentary on Stow, and West Australian author Alice Nelson whose career has been inspired by him.
Read about the event on our On Writing blog here.
Find out more about Randolph Stowe on our research page.
The Honouring Australian Writers series is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and State Library of NSW.
More in the Honouring Australian Writers series:
Alice Nelson was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists for her first novel, The Last Sky, which also won the TAG Hungerford Award and was shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and the Barbara Jefferis Award. She is also the author of the recently-released After This: Survivors of the Holocaust […]
Suzanne Falkiner is a Sydney writer. Author of twelve previous books of fiction and nonfiction, her most recent books include The Imago: E. L. Grant Watson & Australia, UWAP 2011 and Mrs Mort’s Madness, Xoum 2014. She has been a shortlisted in the Vogel Award, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, and the NSW History Awards. […]
Gabrielle Carey started writing as a teenager and published her first co-written book, Puberty Blues, in 1979. She has since written, In My Father’s House, a biography of her father, Waiting Room, a memoir of her mother, and a book of personal essays, So Many Selves. Her most recent book, Moving Among Strangers, is an […]
Poet and artist Richard Tipping has three degrees including a doctorate from the University of Technology Sydney (2007). He is a widely-published poet and makes artworks which incorporate his own poetic texts – such as in engraved stone sculpture, in original and altered sign designs, and with visual poetry graphics on paper. He worked as […]
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