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Code: 108  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Fiction
Friday, May 18 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Kate Grenville, Thomas Keneally, Michael Heyward, Geordie Williamson
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For a long time it was argued that there was no such thing as Australian literature. That's all changed, right? Kate Grenville, Tom Keneally, Geordie Williamson and Michael Heyward discuss Australian Classics.

Kate Grenville (Australian)

Kate Grenville's bestselling novel The Secret River has been published in more than 20 countries and received numerous awards; it won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The companion memoir is Searching for the Secret River. The Idea of Perfection won Britain’s prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction. Kate’s most recent novel, Sarah Thornhill, is a sequel to The Secret River and makes up the third novel in a loose historical trilogy that includes The Lieutenant.

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Thomas Keneally (Australian)

Thomas Keneally has written many novels and has shown an increasing interest in producing histories. His history of Irish convictism, The Great Shame, and later work, The Commonwealth of Thieves, were published in all the English-language markets. His novels include Bring Larks and Heroes, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, Schindler's Ark and The People's Train. Thomas has the won numerous awards, among them the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Book Prize and the Royal Society of Literature Prize.

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Michael Heyward (Australian)

As well as being an author and editor, Michael Heyward is the managing director and publisher of Text Publishing, a multi-award winning independent publishing company in Melbourne. Text publishes Australian and international authors including Barack Obama, Kate Grenville, Helen Garner, Tim Flannery, Yann Martel, Peter Temple, John Clarke, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lloyd Jones, Nick Cave and MJ Hyland.

Geordie Williamson (Australian)

Geordie Williamson has been chief literary critic of The Australian since 2008. He studied at the University of Sydney and University College London, and worked for half a decade as a rare-book dealer in the UK. He is currently writing a book about the neglect of Australian literature for Text Publishing.

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