Contemporary Australian Writers

Claire Johnson

Thurs 1.30 – 3pm

 April 4, 11, 18 and May 2, 9, 16

If you have enjoyed Claire’s previous offerings and would like to discuss more Australian modern fiction, come along to this course. New enthusiasts for contemporary writers are also welcome. Learn how these authors contribute to our lives, to our understanding of ourselves and humanity, our connection to landscape, our history and our place in the world.

This semester’s course will mainly explore issues related to the impacts of displacement by war, alienation, refuge and asylum-seeking. Most of the writers have won the Miles Franklin Award in recent years – Anna Funder (All That I Am), A.S. Patric (Black Rock, White City), Alice Nelson (The Childrens House), Evie Wyld (All the Birds, Singing), Peter Carey (Parrot and Olivier in America) and Thea Astley (Drylands). It is not essential to be familiar with these authors but you may wish to read any of these books with which you are not familiar.

This course aims to open doors to new authors and perspectives and stimulate ideas. Come to these sessions and bring your own knowledge and reading experience.

Min 6 –  Max 16

Cost $10

Venue: Main Meeting Room, Margaret River Community Centre, 33 Tunbridge St