to announce a conversation with noted author Alex Miller
Maleny Community Centre Wednesday 26 October 6.00 pm Booking: Maleny Bookshop 2/41 Maple Street 5494 3666 $12/$8 students
Alex Miller is the author of ten novels. He's twice won the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s premier literary prize, forThe Ancestor Game in 1993, and for Journey to the Stone Countryin 2003. His fifth novel, Conditions of Faith, won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC International Literature Award. He has, in fact, won too many awards to list them all here, although it's perhaps best to mention he was an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, for The Ancestor Game, and that, more recently, Lovesong was winner of the AgeBook of the Year and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. He lives with his wife in Castlemaine, Vic. He is also, just by the way, a fabulous raconteur.
His new novel is Autumn Laing, in which the cantankerous, engaging, unrestrainable 85-year-old Autumnreflects on her tumultuous relationship with the abundantly talented painter Pat Donlon fifty years before. Autumn is shocked to find within herself a powerful need for redemption. Having long outlived the legendary circle of artists she cultivated in the 1930s, she starts to unravel their stories.
Written with compassion and intelligence, this energetic, funny, wise novel peels back the layers of storytelling and asks what truth has to do with it. Autumn Laingis an unflinchingly intimate portrait of a woman and her time.
Mr Miller will be in conversation with Steven Lang.
Half a life time ago, Geoffrey Datson
set out from the Sunshine Coast on the journey of the rest of his life: “I started writing poetry at sixteen and a few years later was given an Appalachian Mountain dulcimer. About this time my parents bought a farm, the intention being that I’d help my father run it. Punk rock appeared. I sold the dulcimer to buy an electric guitar, fled the farm and headed to Sydney.” A quarter of a century later he find's himself full circle, back wearing his late father's boots, back where it all began. Then, and Then: a Memoir, traces the artist's journey home, both physically and musically, from the Dulcimer, through rock, electronica and now back to hand made instruments. This is a major work for Datson; a collection of spoken word poetry and song from the past ten years. Geoffrey and his partner Annette, also an author, will talk about the work and perform songs from it.
outspoken is organised by Steven Lang and Chris Francis. It is an initiative of the Maleny Community Centre. Each evening takes the form of approximately one hour of conversation between the invited author and an interviewer, including time for questions. The evening commences with a short reading or performance (or both) from an emerging author. Please visit our website for more details We are funded by Arts Queensland. We are pleased to be able to announce that we have recently received continued funding for 2011-12 through RADF and the Sunshine Coast Council's Cultural Development Fund . This means we will be able to continue providing author evenings to Maleny and the Sunshine Coast. We will also be organising a couple of workshops with visiting authors through Sunshine Coast Libraries. The Community Centre will be running a bar so please come from
6 pm to enjoy a drink and sample our complimentary cheese and biscuits. Proceedings start 6.30 pm sharp. Booking
We are pleased to acknowledge our association with Rosetta Books Rosetta Books act as booksellers on the night. They will have a selection of books by the author for sale in the hall.
We will be issuing tickets. We expect this event to attract a lot of attention. Please book as soon as possible.
Upcoming Events Our final event for 2011 will be with
author, playwright, historian
(and Australian Living Treasure) Thomas Keneally
on the release of the second volume of his history of the people of this country: Australians, From Eureka to the Diggers
Maleny Community Centre, Wednesday 30th November, 6.00 pm Bookings: Maleny Bookshop 5494 3666