Geordie Williamson

Geordie Williamson is chief literary critic at The Australian, a position he has held since 2008, though his essays and reviews have been appearing in newspapers and magazines here and in the UK for over a decade. In 2011, he won the Pascall Prize for criticism, Australia’s only major national prize awarded for critical writing.

 

His book, The Burning Library: Our Great Novelists Lost and Found (Text Publishing), explores the lives and work of some of our greatest novelists. Alarmed by the increasingly marginal status of Australian literature in the academy, Williamson set out to reintroduce us to those key writers whose works we may have forgotten or missed altogether.  The Burning Library is a dynamic act of reclamation inspired by Miles Franklin’s claim that a nation that fails to acknowledge its literary treasures is ‘neither preserved nor developed, but only defaced’.

 

A former publisher of Picador Australia, Geordie is also Editor at Large of Island magazine in Tasmania, where he lives. More info

SESSIONS

GRAVEYARD OF A MILLION DREAMS: BORDER POLITICS

Julian Burnside AO QC interviewed by Geordie Williamson (The Australian)

SATURDAY
11.00 am - 11.45 am
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A HUNDRED SMALL LESSONS

Ashley Hay interviewed by Geordie Williamson (The Australian)

SATURDAY
3.30 pm - 4.15 pm
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LITERARY DINNER

Richard Fidler in conversation with Geordie Williamson.

Cocktails on the lawn from 6.00 pm.

SATURDAY
6.30 pm
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TICKETED

IN SEARCH OF THE SACRED

Nicolas Rothwell interviewed by Geordie Williamson (The Australian)

SUNDAY
1.30 pm - 2.15 pm
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ENTRY with Weekend Pass