Kate will discuss all things books and writing with our panellists, and what they have to share about 20/20: Foresight/Hindsight.
Kate is a writer and teacher, who lives on the outskirts of Melbourne with her young family. She has taught in schools, at RMIT University and State Library Victoria, has volunteered with Teachers Across Borders in Cambodia &co-hosts The First Time podcast. Her debut novel, Skylarking, was published in 2016 and was long-listed for the Voss Literary Prize 2017 and the Indie Book Awards 2017.
Skylarking is set an isolated Australian cape in the 1880s and is inspired by a true story. It is a story about friendship, love and loss and questions what it is to remember and how tempting it can be to forget. Kate’s novel The Mother Fault is due for release in September this year.
Tony Birch is a multi-award-winning author, highly respected curator, historian and community activist. He is the author of four short story collections (Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, The Promise, Common People) and three novels (Blood, Ghost River and The White Girl). In 2017 he became the first Indigenous writer to be awarded the Patrick White Prize for his contribution to Australian literature. His most recent novel, The White Girl, has been long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award.
The White Girl shines a spotlight on the 1960s and the devastating government policy of taking Indigenous children from their families. The story of Odette Brown and her granddaughter Sissy has the reader looking at history as it played out in individual lives.
Lucy Treloar a graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, is a writer and editor and has plied her trades both in Australia and in Cambodia, where she lived for a number of years. Her novel, Salt Creek won an Indie Award, the Matt Richelle award, the Dobbie Award and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin and the UK’s Walter Scott Prize. Her most recent novel Wolfe Island is shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her short stories and nonfiction have been widely published. Lucy is currently working on her PhD and her third novel.
There is a thin line between the present and a dystopian future in Lucy’s second novel, Wolfe Island.
This is a story of families rupturing and new types of families forming, sutured with trust and cunning. It is about the damage done by humanity's attempted dominion over the environment. Wolfe Island is an account of abandonment and loss, of discovery amidst the ruin, of building art and lives from brokenness.
It is a captivating, haunting novel. Houses cling to the edges of Wolfe Island, and this story holds fast to the mind, rippling, reverberating beyond the book's end.
Michael Veitch is an actor, writer, broadcaster and tv presenter. He acted in the glory days of TV sketch comedy with shows such as D-Generation and Fast Forward, performed on stage, worked as a columnist and theatre critic, and hosted the ABC’s Sunday Arts program for five years, followed by a three-year stint on ABC Radio.
His real passion, however, was realised in print when his first book Flak was published in 2006, as a collection of untold stories of World War 2 airmen. He has published six further books, Fly, The Forgotten Island, Southern Surveyor, Heroes of the Skies, 44 days, and Hell Ship.
Hell Ship is the grim tale passed down through Michael Veitch's family: the story of Ticonderoga, a clipper ship that sailed from Liverpool in August 1852, crammed with poor but hopeful emigrants- mostly Scottish victims of the Clearances and the potato famine. A better life, they believed, awaited them in Australia.
James William Henry Veitch was the ship's assistant surgeon, on his first appointment at sea. Among the volunteers who helped him tend to the sick and dying was a young woman from the island of Mull, Annie Morrison. What happened between them on that terrible voyage is a testament to human resilience, and to love.
Michael Veitch is their great-great-grandson, and Hell Ship is his brilliantly researched narrative of one of the biggest stories of its day, now all but forgotten. Broader than his own family's story, it brings to life the hardships and horrors endured by those who came by sea to seek a new life in Australia.
This event is made possible by Writers Victoria and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.