Thea Astley

‘The more you try to be interested in other people, the more you find out about yourself.’

Thea Astley

Sometimes we forget about the great when revelling in the new.  In its annual Honouring Australian Writers series, the NSW Writers’ Centre addresses this by paying tribute to writers who have made an important contribution to our literary culture.

On the tenth anniversary of her death, we revisit or perhaps discover the works of Thea Astley, who won the Miles Franklin four times. A woman of sharp wit and deep humanity, Astley draws our eye back to that from which we may wish to turn away. She often wrote of the lush Queensland landscape but she grappled with those issues beneath the surface: cruelty and injustice towards Aborigines, women, and the marginalised.

Editor, critic and longtime friend Mark MacLeod joins author Debra Adelaide (The Household Guide to Dying), literary critic Susan Sheridan, and author Felicity Castagna (Small Indiscretions) to celebrate Thea Astley and her work.

This event was held on Saturday 23 August, 2014 at the Metcalfe Auditorium in the Macquarie Street Building of the State Library.

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