2024 Colin Roderick Memorial Lecture | Townsville

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1st August 2024

6pm - 8pm


Townsville Civic Theatre, 41 Boundary Street, South Townsville, QLD 4810




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Foundation for Australian Literary Studies |

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The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies is proud to announce that the 2024 Colin Roderick Memorial Lecture will be hosted by award winning author, Mirandi Riwoe.

The lecture Past, Present, Future: Writing Historical Fiction is presented in conversation with Emma Maguire in Townsville and Roger Osborne in Cairns.

Giving life and meaning to a minor character from a Somerset Maugham short story in Fish Girl, enriching and expanding North Queensland's gold rush history in Stone Sky Gold Mountain, and evoking the complex culture of a Dutch East Indies affected by war and imperialism in Sunbirds, Mirandi Riwoe is an award-winning writer of historical fiction. In conversation with Emma Maguire and Roger Osborne, Mirandi will share her thoughts on writing historical fiction for readers of today and tomorrow.

Mirandi Riwoe is the author of Stone Sky Gold Mountain, which won the 2020 Queensland Literary Award – Fiction Book Award and the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize and longlisted for the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Her short story collection, The Burnished Sun, includes the novella, The Fish Girl, which won Seizure Viva la Novella and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Review of Australian Fiction, Griffith Review and Best Summer Stories. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies and lives in Brisbane.

Dr Emma Maguire is a Lecturer in English and Writing at James Cook University. She writes short fiction, essays, and criticism. Her literary and scholarly work explores girls' and women's experiences of selfhood, power, and pain.

Associate Professor Roger Osborne is the Roderick Associate Professor in English Literature at James Cook University, within the Roderick Centre for English Literature and Creative Writing. Roger is a prize-winning scholar in Australian literary studies for his research on the novels of Joseph Furphy and also his research on the long history of American editions of Australian novels.

These events are free however, registrations are essential.