This event is at Randwick Library. Award-winning writer, actor and director Brendan Cowell discusses his second novel, Plum, a moving, angry and joyous novel of men, their inarticulate pain and what it takes for them to save themselves. Peter ‘The Plum’ Lum, a former star NRL player, discovers he has a brain disorder as a result of the thousand-odd head knocks he took in his 20-year career. Plum has to make some changes – right now – or it’s dementia, or even death. He embarks on a journey of self-care and self-discovery, which is not easy when all you’ve ever known is to go full tilt at everything.

Brendan Cowell (Australian)

Brendan Cowell

Brendan is an award-winning writer, actor and director for television, theatre and film. He wrote the smash hit Ruben Guthrie for Belvoir St Theatre in 2009, and wrote two episodes of the multi award-winning series The Slap. He has won the Patrick White Playwright's Award, the Philip Parsons Young Playwright's Award and the Griffin Award. He was a writer on the acclaimed TV series Love My Way, in which he also starred. Brendan's debut novel How It Feels was published in 2010, and his most recent book Plum was longlisted for the 2022 Indie Book Awards.