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Research and Writing
Code: 209  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Biography & Memoir, History, Fashion
Sunday, May 20 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Delia Falconer, Penny Russell, Eileen Chanin, Suzanne Leal (facilitator)
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Different approaches to literary research are discussed by three award-winning authors. Delia Falconer, winner of the 2011 “The Nib”: CAL Waverley Library Literary Award for Sydney, Penny Russell, author of Savage or Civilised and Eileen Chanin, author of Book Life talk to Suzanne Leal. The session will be introduced by Chris Haywood.

Presented by Waverley Library.

Delia Falconer (Australian)

Delia Falconer grew up in Sydney. Her first novel, The Service of Clouds, was nominated for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her second novel, The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers, was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her recent non-fiction title, Sydney, was shortlisted for the 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and won ‘The Nib’ CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature 2011.

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Penny Russell (Australian)

Associate Professor Penny Russell teaches and writes on Australian history and gender history at the University of Sydney. She is the author or editor of nine books including, most recently, Savage or Civilised? Manners in Colonial Australia, which was shortlisted for five awards in 2011 and won the New South Wales Premier's Award for Australian History. Her current research includes a study of Jane Franklin, wife of the ill-fated Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, and a comparative project on honour in colonial societies.

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Eileen Chanin (Australian)

Eileen Chanin is an author and historian. She co-authored Degenerates and Perverts, which was awarded the 2005 Australia History Prize at the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. Eileen was recipient of the National Archives of Australia Ian Maclean Award and State Library of Victoria Creative Arts Fellowship in 2006 and 2007, and the Currey Fellowship from the Mitchell Library in 2007-8. Book Life: The life and times of David Scott Mitchell received the 2011 Alex Buzo Prize and was shortlisted for ‘The Nib’ CAL Waverley Award for Literature.

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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