Maleny Community Centre presents outspoken a conversation with Alex Miller
October 26th 6.00 pm $12/ $8 Students
Bookings Maleny Bookshop 5494 3666
Alex Miller is the author of ten novels. He’s twice won the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s premier literary prize, for The Ancestor Game in 1993, and Journey to the Stone Country in 2003. His fifth novel, Conditions of Faith, won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC International Literature Award. He has, in fact, won too many awards to list, although it’s perhaps best to mention he was an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, for The Ancestor Game, and that, more recently, Lovesong was winner of the Age Book of the Year and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. He lives with his wife in Castlemaine, Vic. He is also, just by the way, a fabulous raconteur.
His new novel is Autumn Laing, in which the cantankerous, engaging, unrestrainable 85-year-old Autumn reflects on her tumultuous relationship with the painter Pat Donlon fifty years before. Autumn is shocked to find within herself a powerful need for redemption. Having long outlived the legendary circle of artists she cultivated in the 1930s, she starts to unravel their stories. The book is written with compassion and intelligence, but its subject is also unforgiving of herself, with no time for any more lies. Autumn Laing is an unflinchingly intimate portrait of a woman and her time.
Mr Miller will be in conversation with Steven Lang.
Geoffrey Datson and Annette Hughes
(direct from the Sydney Fringe) performing from Geoffrey’s memoir, Then and Then.
Half a life time ago, Geoffrey Datson set out from the Sunshine Coast on the journey of the rest of his life:
“I started writing poetry at sixteen and a few years later was given an Appalachian Mountain dulcimer. About this time my parents bought a farm, the intention being that I’d help my father run it. Punk rock appeared. I sold the dulcimer to buy an electric guitar, fled the farm and headed to Sydney.”
A quarter of a century later he find’s himself full circle, back wearing his late father’s boots, back where it all began. Then, and Then: a Memoir, traces the artist’s journey home, both physically and musically, from the Dulcimer, through rock, electronica and now back to hand made instruments.
This is a major work for Datson; a collection of spoken word poetry and song from the past ten years. Geoffrey and his partner Annette, also an author, will talk about the work and perform songs from it.
Outspoken is an initiative of the Maleny Community Centre, it is supported by Arts Qld and RADF. Alex Miller comes to outspoken through a partnership with Brisbane Better Books.