Sydney Ideas - Reading Australian Literature with Fiona McFarlane

22 September 2014


 

Fiona McFarlane on The Aunt’s Story by Patrick White

"Patrick White’s The Aunt’s Story is the book that, more than any other, produces a bodily reaction in me: I react to it with a kind of horrified, delighted rapture. I hope to explore why this is, and to think more generally about the many metaphysical spinsters and acts of escape in White’s fiction.”

Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney. Her first novel, The Night Guest, was shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin award, and her short stories have been published in Southerly, Zoetrope and the New Yorker.


READING AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE

Reading Australian Literature is a series in which acclaimed Australian writers reflect on the Australian books they value. In a thoughtful and engaging public lecture, each writer will discuss a favourite Australian literary text. What has led them to these books? What do they find remarkable about them? Have these encounters with Australian books left an imprint on the speakers’ own writing?

Reading Australian Literature offers a unique insight into an ongoing writerly dialogue with our literary heritage. In the inaugural series, to be held in the second half of 2014, the other talks are:

Monday 11 August - Michelle de Kretser on Tirra Lirra By The River by Jessica Anderson. Register here

Monday 1 September - Drusilla Modjeska
on Visitants by Randolph Stow. Register here

If you would like to register for all three events please email sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au


Reading Australian Literature is co-presented by the School of Letters, Arts and Media at the University of Sydney. The Australian Literature Program in the University’s Department of English is home of the oldest chair in Australian Literature, an exciting undergraduate major, a specialised honours stream and a variety of postgraduate and research options.

Event details

  • When: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Where: Law School Foyer
    Level 2, Sydney Law School
    Eastern Avenue
    The University of Sydney
    Venue information
  • Cost: Free and open to all with online registration requested
  • RSVP: Register online now by entering your details at the bottom of the page. Click 'register' once and wait for the screen to refresh. You will receive a confirmation email in your inbox shortly after.
  • Contact: Sydney Ideas
    E| sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
    T| 9351 2943
  • More info: www.sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas


Sydney Ideas - Reading Australian Literature with Fiona McFarlane

Where Law School Foyer
Level 2, Sydney Law School
Eastern Avenue
The University of Sydney
Venue information
When

22 September 2014


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