In The White Girl, Miles Franklin Award–shortlisted author Tony Birch shines a spotlight on 1960s Australia and the then-government’s devastating policy of taking Indigenous children from their families. Set in a fictional Australian town at the tail end of the Menzies era, The White Girl is a captivating allegory of good and evil. Through the strong black women at the story’s core, Tony explores the legacy of Australia’s colonial past. Tony, who received the Patrick White Award for his contribution to Australian literature and culture, speaks with Evelyn Araluen about his acclaimed new novel.

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Tony Birch (Australian)

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing, and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin literary prize; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2012. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s DayThe Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature. In 2021 he will release two new books, a poetry book, Whisper Songs and a new short story collection, Dark As Last NightBoth books will be published by University of Queensland Press.

Evelyn Araluen (Australian)

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry has been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. Born and raised in Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation.