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.

Tony Birch (Australian)

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of three novels, four short story collections and a book of poetry. He is also a regular essayist. His most recent novel is The White Girl. In 2017, he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature and culture.

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.