Randolph Stow

Saturday 29 August 2015

2:30 – 4pm

State Library of NSW

Macquarie St, Sydney

In 2014, Writing NSW introduced a new series of events, Honouring Australian Writers, to pay tribute to and reconnect people with Australian writers of importance that may have slipped from view. The first writer we focused on was Thea Astley.

On Saturday 29 August 2015 Writing NSW held the second event in this series, celebrating the life and writing of Western Australian author Randolph Stow.

A poet, novelist, critic, and librettist, Stow won the Miles Franklin award in 1958 and the Patrick White award in 1979. He was known for the metaphysical and existential qualities of his writing. Robert Adamson said of him: “The light of his vision could be blinding as well as illuminating. He became a long-distance role model and over the years his work stood up and became stronger. Stow’s craft, sparse and strong, held his visionary concepts and images in a translucent cage of language that floated on the pages of his books…”

Honouring: Randolph Stow brings together Gabrielle Carey, author of Moving Among Strangers a memoir about her family’s connection to Stow, Suzanne Falkiner whose biography will be released in 2016, Richard Tipping a poet and producer of a documentary on Stow, and West Australian author Alice Nelson whose career has been inspired by him.

Read about the event on our On Writing blog here.

Find out more about Randolph Stowe on our research page.

The Honouring Australian Writers series is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and State Library of NSW.

More in the Honouring Australian Writers series:


Black and White hero image of Thea Astley smiling at the camera


Sepia portrait of Henry Handel Richardson gazing at the camera





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