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In Conversation – Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell with Susan Midalia

Monday November 11, 2019
18:00 - 19:00
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Celebrate the non-fiction award winners of the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award with writers Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell in conversation with Susan Midalia.

Half The Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955-1964 tells the story of the post-war community on the Greek island of Hydra. It included Leonard Cohen and other artists and writers, such as the Australian literary couple, Charmian Clift and George Johnston. Drawing on previously unseen letters, manuscripts and diaries, and richly illustrated by the photographs of LIFE magazine photo-journalist James Burke, this book reveals the private lives and relationships of the Hydra expatriates. It charts the promise of a creative life that drew them to the island, and documents the fracturing of the community as it came under pressure from personal ambitions and wider social changes.

Limited copies of Half The Perfect World will be on sale on the evening. Cash only.

Join us for an evening of conversation, wine and nibbles as we celebrate this magnificent achievement.

RSVP is essential.


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Paul Genoni

Paul Genoni is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. Paul is a former President of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.

Tanya Dalziell

Tanya Dalziell works in English and Literary Studies at the University of Western Australia.  Most recently, she is the author of a forthcoming book on Gail Jones (Sydney University Press, 2020).

Susan Midalia

Susan Midalia grew up in the Western Australian wheatbelt and has lived in Perth for most of her adult life. She is the author of three collections of short stories: A History of the Beanbag, An Unknown Sky and Feet to the Stars, and the novel The Art of Persuasion.

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Parking is available at the CPP Aberdeen street car park (25 metre walk) or at Wilsons car park on Zempilas St (10 metres).

Wheelchair access is provided. The Centre for Stories aims to be an inclusive and supportive community venue, please contact us if you have any questions.

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