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Robyn Davidson

There are restless people ... and then there is Robyn Davidson.

She’s the kind of person who spends months travelling through western India with nomadic Rabari cattle-herders. And, perhaps most famously, she’s the kind of person (well, the only person) who undertakes 2,700-kilometre journeys across Australian desert with four feral camels and a dog for company. Her account of that incredible journey is, of course, the much-loved 1978 Australian classic, Tracks.

The book inspired generations of Australians to examine their own ideas around freedom, country, solitude and connection. And these are subjects that Davidson has continued to question throughout her career, returning to nomadic peoples and cultures and travelling and writing about remote places – especially in north-western India and Tibet.

This year, Tracks turns 40 and Davidson will appear in conversation with Elizabeth McCarthy to discuss the Australia she saw then, and the Australia she sees today. Join this remarkable Australian writer for a conversation about travel, creativity and what keeps her moving.

Presented in partnership with Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove.

Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery will be our bookseller at this event.

Who?

Portrait of Robyn Davidson

Robyn Davidson

Robyn Davidson is an award-winning travel writer, novelist, scriptwriter, essayist and reviewer whose work has been translated and published extensively around the world.

Portrait of Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy is a Melbourne-based radio producer and presenter who currently produces the Breakfast show at Australia’s biggest independent broadcaster, 3RRRFM. Her book reviews can be heard on Breakfast. From 2013–2017, she anchored Triple R’s flagship books and writing show, Multi-Storied.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

Why go postal when you can go coastal?

On seven Fridays throughout the year, from March to October, the Wheeler Centre brings the best of Australian writing to the Mornington Peninsula. Swap the hustle of the city for an unhurried, immersive look at the stories behind the stories – all while enjoying outstanding food and wine, fascinating company and the opportunity to hear from writers in an intimate and relaxed setting.

Share in Books and Ideas at Montalto – perfect for lovers of fine writing, good conversation and great wine.

Where?

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