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Tony Birch: Immaculate Collections

Sat 4 Sep, 2pm
State Library Victoria, Conversation Quarter

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. Jeanine Leane chats with Birch about his celebrated collections.


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.

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri poet and writer from the Murrumbidgee River. She currently teaches at the University of Melbourne.

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