Skip to content Skip to main navigation


Canberra's most awarded family
owned real estate agency

Seminar: Xavier Herbert

By nlaevents 13 November 2015 0

Little attention is being paid to the works of Xavier Herbert, one of Australia’s outstanding novelists. So why are they so rarely recommended in school text lists? His best-known novels, Capricornia (1938) and Poor Fellow My Country (1975) were judged as highly significant, winning major awards. So, are his novels forgotten or repressed?

In this Keynote lecture and panel, it is timely to reflect, as it is the fortieth anniversary of Poor Fellow My Country winning the Miles Franklin Prize for Australian Literature. Herbert wanted to write the great Australian novel, but there was little glitter in his portrayals of greed, racism and rapaciousness towards Aboriginal women and the land. As a literary figure, he was a great self-stylist, assuming the persona of the bushman crusader. Eager to explore new ways of imagining a more mature Australia, his legacy is overdue for examination.

When: Friday 20 November
Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Where: Theatre, National Library of Australia
Tickets: Free
More info:

What’s Your opinion?

Please login to post your comments, or connect with

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Copyright © 2018 Region Group Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. | | |

Search across the site