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On Canaan’s Side
Code: 151  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction
Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Sebastian Barry, Suzanne Leal
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Sebastian Barry’s characters move from book to book, just as he himself moves between genres, writing fiction, poetry and plays. He is described by as “the best prose writer in the English language”. In his latest novel, On Canaan’s Side, 80 year old Lilly Bere reflects how even escaping to Chicago did not free her from the tangles of The Troubles back home. Sebastian Barry talks to Suzanne Leal.

Sebastian Barry (International)

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels include The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, Annie Dunne, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture. A Long Long Way, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2007. The Secret Scripture won several awards and was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Sebastian lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children.

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Suzanne Leal (Australian)

Suzanne Leal practised criminal law before being appointed to several tribunals including the Refugee Review Tribunal. She is a facilitator and interviewer at literary events and functions and has been a regular legal commentator on ABC Radio 702. She has also been a judge for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and ‘The Nib’ CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature. Her novel, Border Street, is the story of the unlikely friendship between a young Australian woman and her Czech-Jewish neighbours.

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