In conversation: Encounters with the landscape

   10am- 12pm Venue: RSL Club
Encounters with the landscapeQuestions of perception. How do we encounter landscapes? A discussion on writing, reflecting on and reading the landscape with historian Mark McKenna, fiction writer Glenda Guest and John Blay, naturalist, walker and poet. Facilitated by Bill Brown, ABC.
Mark McKenna is one of Australia’s leading historians. A Professor of History at the University of Sydney, his books have won several national awards while his essays and commentary appear regularly in The Monthly, ABR and The Australian. His most recent book is From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories (MUP 2016)

Glenda Guest’s first novel, Siddon Rock, was awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the best first book in 2010. She is particularly interested in the way a sense of place and stories influence each other. Her next book A Week in the Life of Cassandra Aberline will be published by Text Publishing in September 2017.

John Blay has written extensively about the bush and its people in poetry, drama and prose. For more than forty years the south-east forests of New South Wales have been the main focus of his work, often in association with local Aboriginal communities. On Track: Searching out the Bundian Way (New South Publishing 2015); Back Country (Canopy Press 2016)

Bill Brown has an extensive career as a producer, director, writer and journalist and is a cross media reporter with ABC South East NSW creating feature stories for radio, online, and TV.

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1pm – 2pm Venue: RSL Club