The Late Great: Marcus Clarke

The Late Great: Marcus Clarke

Iconic Australian literature doesn’t come much more iconic than For the Term of His Natural Life, the quintessential convict tale. We remember its author: journalist, poet and novelist Marcus Clarke, and reflect on the urban bohemian writer in all his glory, and the historical impulses behind Australia’s definitive ‘ripping yarn’. Hosted by Tony Moore, with writer Robyn Annear and rare books expert Des Cowley.


Portrait of Tony Moore

Tony Moore

Dr Tony Moore is a writer, historian, academic and Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University.

Portrait of Robyn Annear

Robyn Annear

Best known for her books Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne and A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne, Robyn Annear is also the author of an unpublishable novel set in the city in 1893.

Portrait of Des Cowley

Des Cowley

Des Cowley is the Rare Printed Collections Manager at the State Library of Victoria, and has more than twenty years experience working with rare books.

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