Sometimes we forget about the great when revelling in the new. In its annual Honouring Australian Writers series, the NSW Writers’ Centre addresses this by paying tribute to writers who have made an important contribution to our literary culture.
On the tenth anniversary of her death, we revisit or perhaps discover the works of Thea Astley, the only writer to have won the Miles Franklin four times. A woman of sharp wit and deep humanity, Astley draws our eye back to that from which we may wish to turn away. She often wrote of the lush Queensland landscape but also grappled with issues beneath the surface: cruelty and injustice towards Aborigines, women, and the marginalised.
Editor, critic and longtime friend Mark MacLeod joins author Debra Adelaide (The Household Guide to Dying), literary critic Susan Sheridan, and author Felicity Castagna (Small Indiscretions) to celebrate Thea Astley and her work.
Read about the event on our On Writing blog post.
Find out more about Thea Astley 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:
Felicity Castagna’s first book was a collection of stories, Small Indiscretions: Stories of Travel in Asia. It was followed up with a YA novel, The Incredible Here and Now, which won the Prime Minister’s Literature Award in 2014. Felicity turned The Incredible Here and Now into a play that premiered at The National Theatre of […]
Susan Sheridan FAHA is Emeritus Professor in the School of Humanities at Flinders University in Adelaide. Her latest book is The Fiction of Thea Astley (2016). Earlier books include: Nine Lives: Postwar Women Writers Making Their Mark (2011), Christina Stead (1988), Along the Faultlines: Sex, Race and Nation in Australian Women’s Writing 1880s to 1930s (1995), […]
Debra Adelaide is the author or editor of 17 books, including novels, short stories, essays, and academic publications. Her novel The Household Guide to Dying (2008) was published around the world and short- or long-listed for several awards, including the former Orange Prize. Her most recent publications are the collection of short stories, Zebra (2019) […]
Mark Macleod is the author of picture books for children, as well as poems for children and adults. President and Publishing Director of Dirt Lane Press, he has been Publishing Director for Random House and Publisher at Hachette Australia. A former national president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Mark has won awards for distinguished service to Children’s Literature and for many titles published […]
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