Tim Winton : book reading
Acclaimed Australian author Tim Winton reads from his new novel Dirt Music

6.00pm Thursday 15 November 2001
James O. Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
$8 NGA Members/Concessions; $12 Others
(includes light refreshments)
email eventbookings@nga.gov.au
phone +61 2 6240 6504

Tim Winton was awarded the Australia Day Achievement Award for Literature in 1999. He was voted 'Australia's Favourite Author' by Dymocks Booksellers' customers nationwide, and also voted one of Australia's 'National Living Treasures' by the Australian public.

Winton was born in 1960 in Perth. His first novel, An Open Swimmer, was awarded the 1981 Australian/Vogel Prize. He has twice received the Miles Franklin Award (for Shallows, 1984 and Cloudstreet, 1991) and the Banjo Prize, the WA Premier's Prize, the Deo Gloria Award (UK), the Marten Bequest and the Wilderness Society Environment Award. The Riders was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1995.

Cloudstreet has been made into an internationally acclaimed stage play and several of his other novels have enjoyed success as films, stage plays, radio plays and even puppet shows. Winton's books have been translated into twelve languages. He lives in Fremantle with his wife and three children.

Dirt Music
Set in the wild landscape of Western Australia, this is a novel about the odds of breaking with the past, a love story about people stifled by grief or regret, whose dreams are lost, whose hopes have dried up.

Georgie Jutland is a mess. At forty, with a career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Leached of all confidence, Georgie has lost her way; she barely recognises herself. One morning, in a boozy pre-dawn gloom, she looks up from the computer screen to see a shadow lurking on the beach below, and a dangerous new element enters her life. Luther Fox, the local poacher. Jinx. Outcast.

So begins an unlikely alliance.

Further Information:
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