Love and Tenderness

Love and Tenderness Sun 23 Feb 12.30pm Banquet Hall Sun 23 Feb 12.30pm Banquet Hall $19
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Tommy Orange’s There There weaves the lives of its Native American characters with breathtaking joy and honesty. Tony Birch’s new offering The White Girl features Odette’s story, one that The Monthly says ‘lays out the realities of Australia’s recent past and its overlooked shame’. Chiké Frankie Edozien’s memoir explores life, love and what it means to be a gay Nigerian. David Stavanger is a poet, performer and lapsed psychologist. Join these male authors in conversation with Meri Fatin as they talk about the women characters in their books and how they write about female strength.

Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, Chiké Frankie Edozien learned to read from the newspapers his father brought home. He grew up to become an ink-stain scribbler telling the stories in service of a greater good. His Lives of Great Men memoir won the Lambda Literary 2018 nonfiction award for Best Gay Memoir/Biography. He’s a tennis enthusiast and lives in Ghana where he’s the Director of New York University Accra.

Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He was born and raised in Oakland, California and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

His first novel, There There, was published by Alfred A Knopf in June 2018 and rights have been sold in Brazil, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Korea, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and Sweden. It was an instant New York Times bestseller and is under option to HBO as a TV series.

There There won the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the 2019 American Book Award. It was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2019 and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. It also won the John Leonard Award for Best First Book, the Anisfield-Wolf Fiction Prize 2019, and the Indie Choice Award for Best Adult Debut. There There was longlisted for the National Book Award 2018 and for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and nominated for the NCIBA Golden Poppy in Fiction, and it was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize in the UK.

Tony Birch is the author of 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. He is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio and a regular guest at writers’ festivals. He lives in Melbourne and is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University.

David Stavanger is a poet, performer, cultural producer, editor and lapsed psychologist. His first full-length poetry collection The Special (UQP, 2014) was awarded the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His new collection is Case Notes (UWAP, 2020). Stavanger is also the co-editor of SOLID AIR: Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019). These days he lives between the stage and the page. 

Time & Location

Sun 23 Feb 12.30pm


Banquet Hall, UWA, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009

    • Adult: $19
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