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Friday, May 22 2015
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
What’s in a journey? Three novelists talk about their attraction to the search for meaning. Amit Chaudhuri’s Odysseus Abroad follows a day in the life of an Indian student in London. Amanda Lohrey’s A Short History of Richard Kline explores one man’s search for meaning. In Ben Okri’s The Age of Magic, a group of filmmakers travel from Paris to Basel for a documentary about arcadia. Amit, Amanda and Ben speak with Geordie Williamson.
Supported by Editor Group
Amanda Lohrey (Australian)
Amanda Lohrey is one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers. Her first full length novel in 10 years, A Short History of Richard Kline was published in March 2015. Her previous novels include Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, as well as the award-winning short story collection Reading Madame Bovary. She has also written two Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award.
Amit Chaudhuri is a multi-award winning author and internationally acclaimed musician and essayist. He has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction forFreedom Song: Three Novels, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Infosys Prize for Humanities - Literary Studies. Amit’s new novel is Odysseus Abroad and his most recent work of non-fiction is Calcutta: Two Years in the City. He is a contributor to the London Review of Books, Granta, and The Times Literary Supplement, is a professor of contemporary literature at the University of East Anglia and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Ben Okri has published nine novels, including The Age of Magic and the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays. His work has been translated into more than 26 languages. Ben is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has been awarded an OBE and has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore International Literary Prize. He was born in Nigeria and lives in London.
Geordie has been chief literary critic at The Australian since 2008, though his essays and reviews have appeared widely in Australia and the UK for over a decade. In 2011, he won the Pascall Prize for literature and his first book, The Burning Library, on neglected Australian writers, was published by Melbourne's Text in 2012. He is currently at work on a second non-fiction title, based on his Scottish forbear's half-century ownership of Easter Island.