Poet, essayist, journalist, critic, editor, novelist, historian, librettist – Barry Hill is one of Australia’s most versatile and distinguished writers; he has won Premier's Awards for poetry, non-fiction, and the essay.
Across genre, form and discipline, he’s been drawn again and again to the big subjects: questions of history, human psychology, politics and spirituality.
His new book, Reason and Lovelessness, is testament to the breadth and depth of his contribution to Australian writing. A collection of 32 essays from 1980 to today, it covers real-life encounters with the Dalai Lama and Christina Stead; critical appreciations of the work of Rai Gaita, Ezra Pound and John Berger; commentary on Australian politics and accounts of Hill’s own travels.
In conversation with literary critic Justin Clemens, Hill will discuss essaying on lovelessness.
Embiggen Books will be our bookseller at this event.
Barry Hill is a multi-award winning writer of poetry, history, biography, fiction and reportage.
Reason and Lovelessness is his latest collection of essays variously published in Australia, India and London. It includes ‘satellites’ of his major works – such as Sitting In (1992), a landmark memoir in labour history; Broken Song: TGH Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession (2002), a literary biography on Aboriginal and frontier poetics; and Peacemongers (2014), a pilgrimage book about Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi in the years leading up to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Justin Clemens is a philosopher, translator, social critic, poet and academic. He has published three collections of poetry, The Mundiad (Black Inc, 2004), Villain (Hunter Publishers, 2009) and Me ‘n’ me trumpet (Vagabond, 2011).