In its annual Honouring Australian Writers series, Writing NSW pays tribute to writers who have made an important contribution to our literary culture.
This year Writing NSW honours Sumner Locke Elliott (1917-1991), internationally best-selling author, playwright, and scriptwriter. Elliott is best known for Careful, He Might Hear You, which won the 1963 Miles Franklin Award and was adapted into the 1983 film.
The event will include conversations, readings, and archival material. Sharon Clarke, Kimball Knuckey, Margaret Fink and Walter Mason will be speaking on the life and work of Sumner Locke Elliott.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Saturday 17th August | 2:30-4:00pm
Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW
Free entry | RSVP required
Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
Sharon Clarke is an academic and a writer who recently moved house from Sydney to the NSW south coast. She gained her BA (Hons) and Ph.D. at University of Wollongong and was the Academic Director of Boston University Sydney Programs for over 20 years until she began the road to retirement in January 2017. Her authorised biography of Sumner Locke Elliott was published in 1996 and short-listed for the inaugural Australian Biography Award.
Kim Knuckey is a Sydney actor and director with a keen interest in the stage work of Sumner Locke Elliott. He compiled an event for New Theatre which celebrated Locke Elliott’s most famous (and notorious) play, Rusty Bugles. Knuckey has been acting in Sydney, Melbourne and the UK for 30 years. Kim was in the films The Great Gatsby, A Few Best Men and Don’t Tell. He is the ineffectual local policeman in ABC tv’s Rosehaven and was in ABC’s Rain Shadow and Kokoda.
Margaret Fink is an Australian film producer, noted for her important role in the revival of Australian cinema in the 1970s. Her productions include The Removalists (1975), My Brilliant Career (1979), For Love Alone (1986), Edens Lost (1988) (for TV), and Candy (2006).
Walter Mason is the author of Destination Saigon and Destination Cambodia. He is the Vice President of the NSW Dickens Society and a well-known travel writer and speaker. Walter is also a popular teacher of writing, mindfulness and creativity. As well as leading tours to Vietnam, Walter teaches Cambodian, Vietnamese and Buddhist history.