Australian Literature 102: Ruth Park: The Harp in the South
Join host James Ley and writer Alice Pung to discuss the beloved Australian classic The Harp in the South, Ruth Park’s book about the life and loves of the Darcy family in Sydney’s slums. Considered scandalous when first published, it’s now a respectable staple of high school reading lists, and close to the hearts of many booklovers.
James Ley holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Western Sydney. He has been a professional literary critic for fifteen years.
Alice Pung is an award-winning Australian writer whose books include the bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem (2006) and Her Father's Daughter (2011), and the novel Laurinda (2014). She is the editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia (2008), and created the Marly books for Penguin's Our Australian Girl series (2015). Her latest book is the novel One Hundred Days (2021).