Clive James died in November 2019, leaving behind an unrivalled legacy of books, poetry, prose, essays and memoirs, as well as golden moments of television broadcasts and cultural criticism that showcased his gift for the knockout aphorism. Join a panel of Clive’s friends and fellow writers as they read a selection of work from the ‘Kid from Kogarah’, share stories and celebrate his life. Featuring Richard Glover, Peter Goldsworthy, Kathy Lette, Paul Muldoon and host Kerry O’Brien.
Supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.
Paul Muldoon (International)
Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Other recent awards are the Pigott Prize and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is the Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. His most recent collection of poems is Frolic and Detour.
Richard Glover (Australian)
Richard Glover’s most recent book is The Land Before Avocado: Journeys in a lost Australia. Richard is also author of Flesh Wounds, described as a comic romp for anyone whose family was not what they ordered. He writes regularly for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Washington Post, and presents the comedy show Thank God It’s Friday! on ABC local radio.
Peter Goldsworthy (Australian)
Peter Goldsworthy divides his time between medicine and literature. He has won awards across a range of genres, including poetry, fiction, opera and theatre. His 1989 novel Maestro has been reissued in the A&R Australian Classics series, and his 1996 novel Wish in the Text Classic series. Stevie Rodgers' adaptation of his 1993 novella Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam was staged at Belvoir Street Theatre earlier this year. His new novel, his first in 10 years, is Minotaur.
Kathy Lette (Australian)
Kathy Lette is a celebrated and outspoken comic writer who has an inimitable take on serious current issues. She is one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism. She first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major film and a TV mini-series. After several years as a newspaper columnist and TV sitcom writer in America and Australia, she’s written 11 international bestsellers in her characteristic witty voice, including Mad Cows, How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints) (staged by the Victorian Opera) and The Boy Who Fell to Earth. Kathy Lette lives in London.
Kerry O’Brien (Australian)
Kerry O'Brien is a journalist and author best known for his 33 years at the ABC, including 15 years as the editor and anchor of The 7.30 Report, six years as the inaugural anchor of Lateline and five years as the anchor of Four Corners. His four-part ABC interview series with former prime minister Paul Keating was critically acclaimed and expanded into a bestselling book. His latest book, a memoir, is an intimate and groundbreaking account of the big milestone moments of the post-war era.