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Local Libraries: Tony Birch

Sat 11 Sep, 10.30am
Doncaster Library

Twice Miles Franklin–shortlisted author Tony Birch emerged from lockdown having penned two new books that showcase his versatility in both poetry and prose. Whisper Songs is a collection of poems that reveals Birch at his lyrical and intimate best, addressing the legacies of colonial history and the relationship between Country and memory. Dark as Last Night extends his repute as a master of the short story, capturing the power of human connection at pivotal moments in our lives. Join Birch as he discusses his celebrated collections. With Jack Latimore.


1 hour

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Tony Birch’s releases for 2021 are the poetry collection, Whisper Songs and the short story collection, Dark As Last Night. His previous books are the novels The White Girl, Ghost River and Blood, and the short story collections Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People.

Jack Latimore is a journalist and writer. He has worked previously as the Managing Editor—Digital for NITV, daily editor for IndigenousX, state correspondent for Koori Mail, and a reporter and columnist for Guardian Australia. He is currently the Indigenous affairs journalist at The Age.

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