Dr Sue Woolfe
Dr Sue Woolfe is the author of four novels, including the internationally acclaimed Leaning Towards Infinity, which won the Christina Stead Award, the Asia-Pacific Region section of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Tip Tree prize in the US. Her first novel, Painted Woman, was also nominated for the Commonwealth Prize. She has adapted both novels for ABC radio, for the professional stage, and Leaning Towards Infinity has been optioned for a film in the US. Her third novel, The Secret Cure, is currently being adapted for an opera and her fourth novel The Oldest Song in the World was published in 2012. Sue teaches Creative Writing at the University of Sydney, and is the author of The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady: a Novelist looks at Neuroscience and Creativity and, with Kate Grenville, Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels Were Written.
The Power of Landscape
When: Thursday 23 May
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Venue: Richard Wherrett Studio, Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Our relationship with our environment determines the identity of every individual and every culture. If we shift where we are, can personal or spiritual revelation come more readily? Melissa Lucashenko (Mullumbimby) and Sue Woolfe (The Oldest Song In the World), discuss the power and influence of the Australian landscape on their writing with Walter Mason (Destination Saigon).
Who Are We Without Language?
When: Saturday 25 May
Time: 11:30 - 12:30 PM
Venue: Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Cost: Free, no bookings
A discussion of language and its place in human identity with Diego Marani, novelist, essayist, translator and creator of ‘Europanto’, a language without rules; poet Martin Harrison, whose latest collection Living Things looks at what crosses over between languages in translation; Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of the autobiographical novel My Struggle; and chair Sue Woolfe, whose latest novel The Oldest Song in The World looks at Indigenous Australian languages.