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Brisbane Writers Festival: An Evening with Richard Flanagan

THU 03 OCTOBER, 2013

Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival & Brisbane Powerhouse

Best-selling and award-winning writer Richard Flanagan joins Richard Fidler in conversation for reflection on his life, career, and his deeply personal new novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Set against one of the most infamous episodes of WWII history, the construction of the Thai-Burma Death Railway in Japan, the novel draws on Richard Flanagan’s father’s experience as a Japanese POW, and is dedicated to him. The novel is the latest installment  in a career that has seen Richard become one of Australia’s greatest literary treasures.

His first novel was Death of a River Guide, described by the Times Literary Supplement as “one of the most auspicious debuts in Australian writing.” The Sound of One Hand Clapping, his next book, was a major bestseller, selling more than 150,000 copies in Australia.  Richard won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2002 and has had his novels published in over 26 countries.

Richard has also directed an acclaimed feature film based on his novel, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, and collaborated with celebrated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann on the screenplay of Australia.

Richard Flanagan will be available for a Q&A after the event as well as book signing and book sales.



Richard Flanagan is probably best described as the Ernest Hemingway of Australia, you know on the one hand he’s this immense intellect and on the other hand he’s this extremely adventurous outdoors man of a man.

Baz Lurhmann

Brisbane Writers Festival is thrilled to host one of Australia’s greatest literary authors, Richard Flanagan. It’s sure to be an un-missable evening.

Kate Eltham Artistic Director of BWF

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