2015 Seymour Biography Lecture: Robert Drewe

nlaevents 26 August 2015


Robert Drewe, Australian author of the prize-winning memoirs The Shark Net and Montebello, presents a lecture exploring the complexity of writing a memoir.

He will explore the literary, personal and public issues involved in writing this increasingly popular and often misunderstood art form.

Drewe grew up on the West Australian coast, the setting for his memoirs. His novels, short stories and non-fiction have won national and international prizes, been widely translated, and been adapted for film, television, radio and theatre.

His novels include The Drowner, The Savage Crows, A Cry in the Jungle Bar, Grace, Our Sunshine and Fortune, which won the National Book Council’s prize for fiction. His short story collections are The Bodysurfers, The Rip and The Bay of Contented Men,which won a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

The Drowner was the first book to win the Premiers’ Literary award in every State, as well as the Adelaide Festival Prize and the Book of the Year prize.Our Sunshine was made into the international film Ned Kelly, starring Heath Ledger, while The Shark Net and The Bodysurfers were adapted for ABC and BBC television mini-series.

The Bodysurfers, in print for the past 30 years, has been made an international Penguin Modern Classic. His latest published books, collections of his humorous columns in The Age and the West Australian, are The Local Wildlife and Swimming to the Moon. He has been awarded honorary doctorates in literature and letters from the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia.

His new novel, The Beach: An Australian Passion, published by the National Library of Australia will be released in November 2015.

Supported by John and Heather Seymour and Australian Book Review

When: Thursday 17 September 2015
Time: 6pm
Where: National Library of Australia, Theatre
Tickets: Free (includes refreshments and book signing)
More info: https://www.nla.gov.au/node/8321

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