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A Writer’s Life

Charlotte Wood, Prof Brian Castro, Simon Winchester OBE in conversation with Emma Alberici

Sunday 25 August 2019
11.30AM – 12.30PM
National Library of Australia

Prolific poet and acclaimed novelist, Brian Castro’s latest book Blindness and Rage: A Phantasmagoria explores in 34 cantos the struggle for recognition for literary authors. Provocative writer Charlotte Wood’s latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, is a fable about young women imprisoned in the desert after complaining about being sexually assaulted by men. New York Times best-selling author and journalist Simon Winchester’s The Perfectionists: The Story of Precision celebrates unsung engineers. Literary awards abound for Australia’s two pre-eminent writers, while Simon was awarded an OBE for his services to journalism and literature. Surely a festival highlight, ABC TV’s Emma Alberici delves into the artistic lives of three pre-eminent writers.