Sydney Ideas - Reading Australian Literature with Fiona McFarlane at Sydney University
22 September 2014
Fiona McFarlane on The Aunt’s Story by Patrick White
"Patrick White’s The Aunt’s Story is the book that, more than any other, produces a bodily reaction in me: I react to it with a kind of horrified, delighted rapture. I hope to explore why this is, and to think more generally about the many metaphysical spinsters and acts of escape in White’s fiction.”
Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney. Her first novel, The Night Guest, was shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin award, and her short stories have been published in Southerly, Zoetrope and the New Yorker.
Reading Australian Literature is a series in which acclaimed Australian writers reflect on the Australian books they value. In a thoughtful and engaging public lecture, each writer will discuss a favourite Australian literary text. What has led them to these books? What do they find remarkable about them? Have these encounters with Australian books left an imprint on the speakers’ own writing?
Reading Australian Literature offers a unique insight into an ongoing writerly dialogue with our literary heritage.
6.00pm - 7.00pm