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Reading History Through People
Sunday, May 24 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
What drives history? Is it large events like a declaration of war? Or is it the seemingly insignificant moments of people’s lives? Join authors Thomas Keneally (Australians: Flappers to Vietnam) and David Hill (The Making of Australia) for a broad-ranging discussion with Suzanne Leal about the art of reanimating the past through the eyes of its participants, and the crucial role compassion plays in bringing history to life.
David Hill (Australian)
During his remarkable career, David Hill has been chairman then managing director of the ABC; chairman of the Australian Football Association; chief executive and director of the State Rail Authority; chairman of Sydney Water Corporation; and chairman of CREATE (an organisation representing Australian children in institutional care). David came from England to Australia in 1959 under the Fairbridge Farm School Child Migrant scheme. He left school at 15, then returned to complete his Master’s degree in economics while working as an economics tutor at the University of Sydney.
Thomas Keneally’s novels include The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Schindler's Ark, The Daughters of Mars and Shame and the Captives. He has the won the Miles Franklin Award, the Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Book Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Prize, the Scripter Award of the University of Southern California, the Mondello International Prize, and the Helmerich Prize. He is also the author of a number of histories including The Great Shame, The Commonwealth of Thieves and most recently Australians: Flappers to Vietnam. He lives in Sydney with his wife, Judy, and is Number 1 ticket-holder of the Manly-Warringah Rugby League team.
Suzanne Leal worked as a criminal lawyer before being appointed to several tribunals including the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal where she decides cases involving child protection, guardianship and licensing. A regular facilitator and moderator at literary events and festivals, she is a judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a former legal commentator on ABC radio 702. Her novel, Border Street, recounts the wartime experiences of a young Czech-Jewish man. Her new novel will be published by Allen & Unwin early next year.