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Robyn Davidson: Unfinished Woman


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Go off the beaten track with Robyn Davidson, bestselling author of Tracks, as she blazes a new trail through uncharted territory – her past.

About the Event

Decades after the success of her first memoir, Robyn Davidson brings us Unfinished Woman, delving deeper into the diverse landscapes that have defined her unconventional life: from her childhood on a cattle station in outback Queensland, to her itinerant youth in Sydney, to migrating with nomads in India, to the literary high tables of London and beyond.

With unwavering honesty and mesmerising clarity, Davidson draws from her past to illuminate universal experiences of grief, growth, freedom and the search for home. The event will open with a reflection on Davidson’s work and influence by writer Anna Krien, followed by a conversation between Davidson and host Hilary Harper.

Live at the Wheeler Centre for Spring Fling, Davidson shares her wandering spirit and invites us into life beyond Tracks.


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About the Book

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

About Spring Fling

Spring Fling returns in 2023, and this year we’re going Above and Beyond.

We’re looking further, delving deeper, and asking bigger questions with outstanding thinkers who are reshaping our world and envisioning extraordinary futures.

Spring Fling is supported by the Victorian State Government.


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Robyn Davidson

Robyn Davidson was born on a cattle property in Queensland. She moved to Sydney in the late Sixties, returning to study in Brisbane before going to Alice Springs to prepare for her journey across the Australian desert. Davidson’s first book Tracks was an international sensation, and was adapted in... Read more

Hilary Harper

Hilary Harper has a degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing, and 30 years’ experience in radio. She’s been at the ABC since 2005. She’s covered everything from news and current affairs to traffic reporting, arts, health, gardeni... Read more

Anna Krien

Anna Krien is the author of the award-winning Night Games and Into the Woods, as well as two Quarterly Essays, Us and Them and The Long Goodbye, and a novel Act of Grace. Anna’s writing has been published in The Monthly, The Age, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories and The Big Issue. I... Read more


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