The Late Great
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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’.
Dr Tony Moore is a writer, historian, academic and Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University.
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.
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.
As a City of Literature and a country of readers we don’t always serve our writers past and present as well as we might. Across 2011, we pay tribute to Australia’s literary heritage, remembering past masters and celebrating their craft.
A bi-monthly event.