This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: SR38  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Australian History
Find out about the online Dictionary of Sydney and the writers commissioned to write about Blue Mountains’ icons for the site. Delia Falconer, Julian Leatherdale, Naomi Parry and John Low talk with Lisa Murray (Dictionary of Sydney board member) about the places they chose and the writing of place as a keeper of memories.

A Varuna and Dictionary of Sydney partnership, proudly supported by Blue Mountains City Council through the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust Cultural Grants Program.

Monday 16 May 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba

Delia Falconer (Australian)

Delia Falconer is the author of two novels, The Service of Clouds and The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers. Her 2010 nonfiction work, Sydney, a personal history of her home town, won the CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature and was shortlisted for other major national prizes including the New South Wales Premier's History and National Biography awards. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at University of Technology, Sydney.

Julian Leatherdale (Australian)

Julian Leatherdale is a novelist, researcher and journalist. He was a researcher and photo editor for the 16-volume Time-Life Australians At War series and later co-writer and researcher on ABC-Film Australia TV history documentaries The Forgotten Force (Australia’s role in post-war occupied Japan) and Return To Sandakan (Japanese POW camp atrocity and its legacy). His novel Palace of Tears (Allen & Unwin, 2015) is inspired by the history of the Hydro Majestic hotel and will be translated and published by HarperCollins in Germany in May 2016.

Naomi Parry (Australian)

Naomi Parry is a Katoomba-based historian who has published widely on child welfare and Aboriginal history. She was the NSW historian on the Find & Connect web resource and project editor at the Dictionary of Sydney. In 2015 she received the National and State Libraries Australasian Honorary Fellowship at the State Library of NSW to research the life of the Aboriginal warrior Musquito. She is currently coordinating the NSW Centenary of Anzac Book NSW and the Great War.

John Low (Australian)

John Low was Local Studies Librarian at the Blue Mountains City Library 1982-2007. An active member of the Blue Mountains Historical Society, he received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2012.

Lisa Murray (Australian)

Dr Lisa Murray is the City Historian, overseeing a diverse program at the City of Sydney Council encompassing community, civic and urban history. Lisa is the award-winning author of planning histories and a regular contributor to debates around public history, including being a speaker at TEDxSydney 2013. Her forthcoming book is a Field Guide to Sydney Cemeteries with NewSouth Publishing. Lisa is a Board Member of the Dictionary of Sydney, and Councillor of the History Council of NSW.



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