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Geraldine Brooks on Writing History

20 July 2022
6.30pm – 7.30pm AEST
Roundhouse, UNSW Sydney
Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks | Fiona Morrison

If you love fiction that draws on the richness of history, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from two-times Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks. Brook’s novels are complex narratives steeped in history and anchored in fact that often contain fascinating unsolved mysteries. 

In conversation with Fiona Morrison from literary studies at UNSW Sydney, hear about the pleasures and challenges of writing, why she loves writing history, how she gets into her creative flow, and of course her books which include People of the Book, March and Caleb’s Crossing, and her new novel Horse.  

Horse glides effortlessly across three places – 1850s Kentucky, 1950s New York City and 2019 Washington DC. From a discarded painting in a roadside clean-up, forgotten bones in a research archive, and Lexington, the greatest racehorse in US history, Horse is a sweeping story of spirit, obsession and injustice in America. 

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture 
 



LIVE EVENT & VENUE

The Roundhouse is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus (highlighted red on this map). Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream.  
 


 
VISITOR SAFETY INFORMATION

The health and safety of our patrons is our top priority. This event will abide by the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry and check back here for updated information prior to the event.  

  • Do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have recently experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

  • Face masks are recommended.
     



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ACCESS

Wheelchair Access
The closest accessible drop off point to the Roundhouse is the north entrance (D5 on map). Vehicles need to arrive via High Street, Gate 2, follow the road to Third Avenue and turn onto 1st Avenue West. The closest accessible parking is available in the Western Campus Car Park on Anzac Parade (G2 on map). 

Assisted Listening
The Roundhouse has a hearing loop. Patrons wishing to utilise this need to simply switch their hearing aid to the T (Telecoil) setting to pick up on the wireless signal. 

Auslan & Captioning 
Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request. 

To discuss access requirements and book selected services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email centreforideas@unsw.edu.au
 



PUBLIC TRANSPORT & PARKING

The Roundhouse is easily accessible via public transport. Call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit transportnsw.info.

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’. For more information head here
 



CONTACT 

For all enquiries, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email centreforideas@unsw.edu.au

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit relayservice.gov.au, then ask for 02 9065 0485. 

Speakers
Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in Sydney's western suburbs. In 1982, she won a scholarship to the journalism master's program at Columbia University in New York. Later she worked for the Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. 

In 2006, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel March. Her novels Caleb's Crossing and People of the Book were both New York Times bestsellers, and Year of Wonders, People of The Book and The Secret Chord are international bestsellers, translated into more than 25 languages.  

She is also the author of the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. In 2011, she presented Australia's prestigious Boyer Lectures, later published as The Idea of Home. In 2016, she was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia for her services to literature. Geraldine Brooks divides her time between Sydney and Massachusetts and has two sons. 

Fiona Morrison

Fiona Morrison

Fiona Morrison is an expert in postcolonial literatures in English and Australian literature and has taught extensively across the English literary canon. Her most recent book, Christina Stead in America (Sydney University Press, 2019), centres on Stead’s American novels (1940-1955). Her current research project is about The Fortunes of Richard Mahony trilogy (1917-1929) by Henry Handel Richardson.