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He Never Asked For the Matches
Code: 242  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Fiction
Sunday, May 20 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Theatre, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Barbara Mobbs, David Marr (facilitator)
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Patrick White left behind one of the great literary caches in this nation’s history with orders that it be destroyed. It wasn’t. The Hanging Garden, a “new” work by White has now appeared 22 years after his death. White’s agent and literary executor Barbara Mobbs talks to David Marr, the biographer of the late Nobel laureate, about the preservation of White’s literary legacy and the ethics of posthumous publishing.

Barbara Mobbs (Australian)

Barbara Mobbs started in book publishing in London over 40 years ago. On her return to Australia she worked for Ure Smith in Sydney and represented their production department in Hong Kong. After 14 years with Curtis Brown in Sydney and London, she started her own agency and represents 65 writers and illustrators. She represents adult literary fiction and children’s books – both YA and picture books.

David Marr (Australian)

David Marr’s most recent book is Panic. He is the multi-award winning author of Patrick White: A life and The High Price of Heaven, and co-author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. In 2010 he wrote the Quarterly Essay Power Trip: The political journey of Kevin Rudd. David serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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