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Writing Environment: Writers' TalkFest 2024
20 June / 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Northcote High School Theatre: 19-25 Saint Georges Road Northcote, 3070 Victoria, Australia

Writing Environment: Writers' TalkFest 2024

Join UQP Author Jeanine Leane alongside, Alice Robinson and Harry Saddler in conversation with Ruth Clare at TalkFest 2024.

From novels about environmental collapse, and poetry that sings with landscape, to non-fiction works about bushfire, birds and the Yarra, TalkFest 2024 is exploring writing about nature, the environment and Country. Climate change, environmental degradation and species decline are front and centre in the news and our lives, but how to centre them in writing? Three writers of varying genres talk to us about the impact the natural world has on their writing, and what impact they are trying to make with their work. They’ll discuss how landscape can shape words, and how writing can make sense of the anxiety about our world, acting as both catharsis and truth-telling. Hear also about the role of activism in the arts, and the beautiful place where poetry and politics converge.

Tickets are $30 (if you can afford it) with a $20 financial pressure option. There will be drinks available for sale, a raffle and a book signing by our authors.

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from south-west New South Wales. Her first volume of poetry, Dark Secrets After Dreaming: A.D. 1887–1961, won the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry, and her first novel, Purple Threads, won the David Unaipon Award. Her latest poetry collection, Gawimarra: Gathering, moves from deeply tender meditations on Country, culture and kinship, to experimental archival poems dissecting the violence and destruction of the settler-colony. Jeanine has published widely in the area of Aboriginal literature, writing otherness and creative nonfiction. In 2023 she won the David Harold Tribe Award for Poetry, Australia's richest poetry prize. Jeanine taught Creative Writing and Aboriginal Literature for many years at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently First Nations Writer in Residence.

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