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Australian Literature 102

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at The Wheeler Centre

Amy Witting’s I For Isobel

Born to a world without welcome, Isobel observes it warily – an alien trying to pass for a native. She’s more at ease with imaginary friends than the flesh-and-blood people she meets.

Cate Kennedy will talk in terms of her own inspiration, and about Amy’s treatment and reception as an Australian woman writer.


Portrait of James Ley

James Ley

James Ley holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Western Sydney. He has been a professional literary critic for fifteen years.

Portrait of Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely.

Australian Literature 102

We’ve created an Australian Classics book club, just for you – with special writerly guests each month.

Last year’s hugely popular Australian Literature 101 set the scene by introducing ten texts our experts deemed unmissable Australian reading.

This year, we invite you on a brand new, leisurely stroll through our national literature, as we guide you through rediscovered classics and much-loved favourites alike.

Our host is renowned critic – and literature lover – James Ley, editor of the Sydney Review of Books.


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