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Tony Birch at Abbotsford Convent


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For Tony Birch, the Yarra River is a rich vein of memories and inspiration, and is especially central in his acclaimed novel, Ghost River. Join him at historical Abbotsford Convent – which sits on a bend in the Yarra – for reflections on the river, his childhood and his writing.



Tony Birch

Tony Birch holds the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at Melbourne University. He is the author of three novels, five short fiction collections, and two poetry books. In 2023 he will release a new novel, Women and Children. ... Read more


Abbotsford Convent

16 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

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