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Top Ten Tips with Tony Birch

Join author, academic and activist, Tony Birch as he shares his top ten tips for writing and a literary career.

Tony Birch became the first recipient of the Dr Bruce McGuinness Indigenous Research Fellowship at Victoria University in Melbourne in June 2015. He won the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards prize for Indigenous Writing with Ghost River in 2017, the Patrick White Award in 2017, the Indigenous Writers' Prize in the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin in 2020 with White Girl. Tony's writing career didn't really get started until his 30's and has gone from strength to strength. Drawing on a career spanning award-winning novels, short stories, poetry and radio, Tony will present his top writing tips followed by a Q&A.

About White Girl readers say:

'Author Tony Birch’s prose, simple and spare, tells a powerful story whilst hinting at a much more intricate background. It is this undercurrent of history that informs the reader and communicates messages about the complexities of cultural change and prejudices.'

'Another incredible story by Tony Birch, this book is a story about family, hope, freedom and courage. As always, Tony creates the most wonderful characters; Odette’s strength, Henry Lamb’s gentleness and generosity and Sergeant Lowe’s cruelty (‘if there was good in men such as Sergeant Lowe and Joe Kane, then it must be buried deeply ...’)



About Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl; Ghost River, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award. In 2021 he will publish two new books; Whisper Songs, a poetry collection, and Dark As Last Night, a book of short stories, both with University of Queensland Press. Tony is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, a regular guest at writers’ festivals, and a climate justice campaigner. In 2021 Tony will publish two new books; a poetry collection, Whisper Songs, and a new book of short stories, Dark As Last Night (both with UQP).

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  • Starts: March 1st, 2022 7:00 PM
  • Finishes: March 1st, 2022 8:30 PM

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