Paul Daley will be in conversation with Chris Hammer on Daley’s new book, Canberra, part of the critically acclaimed City Series.
“Canberra is a city of orphans. People arrive temporarily for work, but stay on because they discover unanticipated promise and opportunity in a city that the rest of the country loathes but can’t really do without,” says Daley. “In Canberra, people don’t ask you where you went to school, as they do in Melbourne, or where your house is and how much you paid for it, as they do in Sydney. They ask you where you’ve come from. And how long you’re going to stay.”
Author and journalist Paul Daley moved to Canberra in 1993. He writes a weekly column for Fairfax and is the author of Beersheba: A Journey Through Australia’s Forgotten War (2009), which was shortlisted for the 2010/11 Prime Minister’s Australian History Prize and won special mention in the Manning Clark House Cultural Awards. Collingwood: A Love Story (2011) and Armageddon: Two Men on an Anzac Trail (2011) are his other titles. He has worked as a political writer for The Sunday Age, as a foreign affairs and defence correspondent for The Age, a London correspondent for Fairfax and a national affairs editor for The Bulletin. He has won the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism and the Paul Lyneham Award for Press Gallery Journalism.
Chris Hammer won ACT Book of the Year 2011 for The River and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award.
Book sales and signings will follow the lecture.
When: Thursday 15 November, 6-7pm Where: Copland Theatre, Copland Courtyard, Kingsley Street, The Australian National University