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How do Novelists Engage with Politics?
Code: 42  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Politics, Fiction, Current Affairs, Indigenous, Culture & Heritage
Thursday, May 22 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $25/$20
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Christos Tsiolkas, Alexis Wright, Kathryn Heyman, Margot Saville (facilitator)
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Issue-driven novels can be supremely powerful. How do authors tell their stories, share their views and use fiction to reflect contemporary social issues? In their books Christos Tsiolkas, Kathryn Heyman and Alexis Wright have deftly tackled the topics of class, migration, climate change and Indigenous affairs, to name just a few. They share their experiences with Margot Saville.

Supported by Macleay College.

Alexis Wright (Australian)

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her books include Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in Tennant Creek, and the novels Plains of Promise, and Carpentaria, which won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Victorian and Queensland Premiers’ Awards and the ALS Gold Medal, and was published in the US, UK, China, Italy, France, Spain and Poland. She is a Distinguished Fellow in the University of Western Sydney’s Writing and Society Research Centre. Her most recent book is The Swan Book.

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Margot Saville (Australian)

Currently a freelance writer who is most commonly published on crikey.com.au Margot Saville graduated in Arts/Law from The University of Sydney and practised as a lawyer for a year before entering journalism. Since then she has worked for The Australian, the ABC, the Nine Network and The Sydney Morning Herald, writing about business and politics. In 2007, Margot wrote The Battle for Bennelong, about about Maxine McKew's political coup.

Christos Tsiolkas (Australian)

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels: Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe,which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. He won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, long listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal for his novel, The Slap, which was also announced as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. His most recent book is Barracuda.

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Kathryn Heyman (Australian)

Kathryn Heyman is the author of five novels, including The Accompliceand Captain Starlight's Apprentice, published internationally and in translation. She has received an Arts Council of England Writers Award, the Wingate and the Southern Arts Awards, and been nominated for the Orange Prize, the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Edinburgh Fringe Critic's Awards, the Kibble Prize, and the West Australian Premier's Book Awards. She has written several radio plays for BBC radio, including adaptations of her own work. Her fifth novel, The Floodline was published in 2013.

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