Communicating the Incommunicable: celebrating the writing of Richard Flanagan, who won the Booker Prize for Narrow Road to the Deep North

2014 Man Booker Prize Winner Richard Flanagan

A River Runs Through it

I CAME TO REALISE THAT MOST CONTEMPORARY CULTURE, INCLUDING ITS LITERATURE, IS MADE BY PEOPLE FOR WHOM THE MEASURE OF THE WORLD IS WHAT IS MAN-MADE. BUT THE FRANKLIN TAUGHT ME THIS: THAT THE MEASURE OF THIS WORLD ARE ALL THE THINGS NOT MADE BY MAN. AND IT WAS THIS SENSE THAT HAS COME TO INFORM ME AND ALL I HAVE WRITTEN SINCE. (SMH TRAVELLER, AUGUST 2013)

The Force, and Failure, of Words

Richard Flanagan and Geordie Williamson at Varuna/Sydney Writers Festival

THEN HE LET THE AXE FALL.
DO I HAVE TO WATCH THE REST?
THANK GOD FOR SMALL MERCIES.

The Power of Love

Self-inflicted Fictions

WRITING MY NOVEL ‘THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH’ I CAME TO CONCLUDE THAT GREAT CRIMES LIKE THE DEATH RAILWAY DID NOT BEGIN WITH THE FIRST BEATING OR MURDER ON THAT GRIM LINE OF HORROR IN 1943. THEY BEGIN DECADES BEFORE WITH POLITICIANS, PUBLIC FIGURES AND JOURNALISTS PROMOTING THE IDEA OF SOME PEOPLE BEING LESS THAN PEOPLE … FOR THE IDEA OF SOME PEOPLE BEING LESS THAN PEOPLE IS POISON TO ANY SOCIETY, AND NEEDS TO BE NAMED AS SUCH IN ORDER TO HALT ITS SPREAD BEFORE IT TURNS THE SOUL OF A SOCIETY SEPTIC. (THE GUARDIAN, 26 FEBRUARY 2015)

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Author. Arts journalist. Latest novel ALMOST A MIRROR shortlisted Penguin Literary Prize, out April. Recent profiles Ben Folds, Sian Clifford. kirstenkrauth.com

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Kirsten Krauth

Kirsten Krauth

Author. Arts journalist. Latest novel ALMOST A MIRROR shortlisted Penguin Literary Prize, out April. Recent profiles Ben Folds, Sian Clifford. kirstenkrauth.com

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