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Go Back to Where You Wrote From!
Code: 77  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir
Friday, May 18 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Alice Pung, Tanveer Ahmed, Georgia Blain (facilitator)
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The number of accomplished memoirs by young writers whose immigrant families settled here when they were children is one measure of the success of multiculturalism in Australia. Alice Pung has written three memorable books about her Cambodian family and how they adjusted to their new lives. Similarly, Tanveer Ahmed’s Bangldeshi family’s experiences provide a rich source of humour as well as pathos. They talk to Georgia Blain.

Georgia Blain (Australian)

Georgia Blain has published six novels: Closed for Winter, Candelo, The Blind EyeNames for Nothingness, Too Close to Home and the young-adult novel Darkwater. She was named one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists in 1998 and has been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, with Too Close To Home currently on the shortlist for the Barbara Jefferis award, and her memoir Births Deaths Marraiges, shortlisted for the Nita B. Kibble Award in 2009.

Alice Pung (Australian)

Alice Pung is the author of Her Father’s Daughter. Alice’s first book, Unpolished Gem, won the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award and was nominated for the Victorian and New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. She edited the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia and her work has appeared in The Monthly, Good Weekend, The Age, The Best Australian Stories and Meanjin.

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Tanveer Ahmed (Australian)

Tanveer Ahmed is a psychiatrist, columnist and author of the entertaining memoir of migration, The Exotic Rissole. He writes a regular opinion column for The Sydney Morning Herald, sits on several boards and is a practising psychiatrist in Sydney and rural NSW. He is a former TV journalist, has co-hosted a game show and appears in various media.