• Tony Bosworth

Join the Sydney Writers’ Festival with Hawkesbury Library Service

Hawkesbury Library Service is taking part in the Sydney Writers’ Festival from tomorrow – Tuesday - with three Australian author events to be streamed free from the State Library of NSW via Zoom.

Kate Grenville, one of Australia’s most celebrated writers, will kick off the program on Tuesday at 6:30pm.

Her international bestseller The Secret River has been awarded local and overseas prizes, and has been adapted for both the stage and television.

Her latest novel, A Room Made of Leaves is historical fiction turned inside out, a sleight of hand by one of our most original writers.

The novel is a playful dance of possibilities between the real and the invented, taking as its starting point the fictional idea that Elizabeth Macarthur – wife of the notorious John Macarthur, wool baron in the earliest days of Sydney – wrote a shockingly frank secret memoir.

Anita Heiss, is on Zoom on Wednesday at 6:30pm to discuss her latest novel - Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams), a story of love, loss and belonging, set on Wiradyuri country, where the life-giving waters of the rivers can make or break dreams. The book is based on devastating true events.

Marking a significant milestone in the Australian book industry, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray is the first time that the title of any commercial Australian novel has appeared solely in language on the cover, without an English translation.

Dr Heiss is an award-winning author of nonfiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, children’s novels and blogs.

Come Thursday at 6:30pm there will be the chance to see Candice Fox, whose latest novel, The Chase, is a cat-and-mouse thriller set in the Nevada desert after a mass prison breakout lets loose 650 of the country's most dangerous prisoners.

Bookings are essential for each event via www.hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com or contact Hawkesbury Library staff for more information on 4560 4460. You will receive details for Zoom and how to access the event.

Pic - Suzy Hazelwood

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