Bri Lee is in-conversation with multi-award winning historian and author Clare Wright for the launch of You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World.
For the ten years from 1902, when Australia’s suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration.
Clare Wright’s epic new history tells the story of that victory—and of Australia’s role in the subsequent international struggle—through the eyes of five remarkable players: the redoubtable Vida Goldstein, the flamboyant Nellie Martel, indomitable Dora Montefiore, daring Muriel Matters, and artist Dora Meeson Coates, who painted the controversial Australian banner carried in the British suffragettes’ monster marches of 1908 and 1911.
Preservation, based on the true story of the wreck of the Sydney Cove, sees master storyteller Jock Serong turn his talents to historical narrative. On a beach not far from the isolated settlement of Sydney in 1797, a fishing boat picks up three shipwreck survivors, distressed and terribly injured. They have walked hundreds of miles across a landscape whose features—and inhabitants—they have no way of comprehending. They have lost fourteen companions along the way. Their accounts of the ordeal are evasive.
It is Lieutenant Joshua Grayling’s task to investigate the story. He comes to realise that those fourteen deaths were contrived by one calculating mind and, as the full horror of the men’s journey emerges, he begins to wonder whether the ruthless killer poses a danger to his own family.
To celebrate the new hardback release of Australian classics Monkey Grip and The Children’s Bach, we are delighted to have Helen Garner joining us to talk about the impact on her writing life of these two novels.
Tickets are $35 per person and include your choice of one of the two signed books.
Join a Salon of emerging writers for the launch of Toni Jordan’s new novel The Fragments. From the award-winning, bestselling author of Addition and Nine Days, a superbly crafted and captivating literary mystery about a lost book and a secret love.
Join Toni Jordan as she talks about her new book, The Fragments. From the award-winning, bestselling author of Addition and Nine Days, The Fragments is a superbly crafted and captivating literary mystery about a lost book and a secret love.