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Double Booked Club: Tony Birch and Tara June Winch
In this edition of Double Booked Club, hear from two outstanding First Nations literary voices discussing dispossession and the ties that bind generations.
Tara June Winch is a Wiradjuri author, now based in France, whose debut novel, Swallow the Air, and short-story collection, After the Carnage, have won many awards, critical acclaim – and the affection of readers. Her second novel, The Yield, is about an Aboriginal elder and his granddaughter. It’s a story about returning to country and reclaiming language.
Tony Birch is a poet, activist and academic, as well as a much-loved novelist, short-story writer and Wheeler Centre regular. His new book, The White Girl, is about the Stolen Generations and is set in 1960s rural Australia. It’s the story of Odette, and her fair-skinned granddaughter, who she must protect from authorities at all costs.
Winch and Birch speak with host Claire G. Coleman – author of The Old Lie and Terra Nullius.
Tony Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He has published three novels; The White Girl, Ghost River and Blood. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature. In 2021 he released two new books, a poetry book, Whisper Songs and a new short story collection, Dark As Last Night.
Tara June Winch is a Wiradjuri author, born in Australia in 1983 and based in France. Her current novel The Yield won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the People's Choice Award and Book of the Year at the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman whose family have belonged to the south coast of Western Australia since long before history started being recorded. Claire writes fiction, essays, poetry and art writing while either living in Naarm (Melbourne) or on the road. During an extended circuit of the continent she wrote a novel, Terra Nullius, which won the black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship and was listed for eight awards including a shortlisting for The Stella Prize. Lies, Damned Lies is her first full length work of non-fiction.