Dispossession and Discovery: Aboriginal Novelist Tara June Winch

Monday, October 26th 4:30 p.m. via Crowdcast

About the Event

Australian-born Wiradjuri author, Tara June Winch, brings to life the culture, language, and traditions of Aboriginal people in her novel, The Yield. A granddaughter returns home to find her family’s land is at risk of being stolen from a mining company. In her quest to save it, she discovers the stories of her people, the secrets of the river, and the meaning of “home.” In a hopeful reminder that the past can endure, Winch’s novel is what Booklist calls “a clear-eyed look at the experiences of native people and the ways in which history is inherited through generations.” Winch will be in conversation with Jacki Lyden. Sponsored by the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center. 

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Tara June Winch

About Tara June Winch

Tara June Winch is an Aboriginal Australian writer based in France. Her first novel Swallow the Air, (UQP) 2006 was critically acclaimed. In 2008, she was mentored by Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. The novel has been on the HSC syllabus for Standard and Advanced English since 2009 and a tenth-anniversary edition was published in 2016.

The short-story collection After the Carnage, (UQP) was published in 2016 also to critical acclaim. In 2018 she wrote the script for the Indigenous dance documentary Carriberrie. Her current novel The Yield, (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin) was published in 2019 and won the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award. In 2020 new editions are published in France (Actes Sud) and the US/CA/UK (HarperVia, HarperCollins).

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