Australian Literature 102
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Join host James Ley and writer Alice Pung to discuss the beloved Australian classic The Harp in the South, Ruth Park’s book about the life and loves of the Darcy family in Sydney’s slums. Considered scandalous when first published, it’s now a respectable staple of high school reading lists, and close to the hearts of many booklovers.
James Ley holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Western Sydney. He has been a professional literary critic for fifteen years.
Alice Pung is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. Her books include Close to Home, On John Marsden, the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the novelLaurinda. She is the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson.
We’ve created an Australian Classics book club, just for you – with special writerly guests each month.
Last year’s hugely popular Australian Literature 101 set the scene by introducing ten texts our experts deemed unmissable Australian reading.
This year, we invite you on a brand new, leisurely stroll through our national literature, as we guide you through rediscovered classics and much-loved favourites alike.
Our host is renowned critic – and literature lover – James Ley, editor of the Sydney Review of Books.