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Blaze a Tale: The Power of Story

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What does it mean to be a storyteller in Australia today? Two of our most treasured authors, Tony Birch and Alice Pung, will appear in conversation with Paddy O’Reilly at Clunes, to discuss the thrills, dangers and possibilities of storytelling.

They’ll discuss their most recent books, Common People and Close to Home, and explore how stories transport and transform us. Does form matter? Does genre matter? And what’s the special significance of stories from, and about, home?

Presented in partnership with Clunes Booktown Festival.

Featuring

Tony Birch

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 Pa... Read more

Alice Pung

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&#... Read more

Paddy O'Reilly

Paddy O’Reilly is a writer from Melbourne. Her work has been published and broadcast widely both here and internationally. Her latest novel, The Fine Colour of Rust, is published in the UK, Australia and the USA. Paddy’s short-story collection The End of the World garnered much review coverage i... Read more

Location

Clunes Town Hall

98 Bailey St, Clunes, 3370 Australia

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