COLIN DRAY : SIGN
Saturday 4 August, 2.30pm @ Kiama Family History Centre
Colin’s novel Sign, published last year by Allan and Unwin recounts how sometimes even the best of intentions can lead down a very dangerous road. The story has young Sam left mute after an operation to remove cancer in his throat. One day, Sam and his sister Katie are suddenly packed into the car by their god-fearing Aunt Dettie, who is determined to drive them to Perth to be re-united with their father. As the children are driven across Australia in the middle of a dangerous bushfire season, the children begin to realise that there is something very wrong. It’s a slow burn of a road novel that creep into psychological thriller territory..
Colin Dray teaches English literature and creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as Meanjin and his non-fiction has been published in Australian Studies and Antipodes, and his novel has been shortlisted for the Australian Vogel’s Literary Award. He lives in the Illawarra with his wife and two daughters. Put this down in the diary as another very interesting Saturday afternoon’s entertainment!
BEN DOHERTY : NAGALAND
Saturday 1 September, 2.30pm @ Kiama Family History Centre
Ben Doherty is a former award-winning foreign correspondent, video journalist and photographer, specialising in international issues. He has reported from more than 20 countries for newspapers around the world including the Sydney Morning Herald and the Guardian, and has won three Walkley Awards for his international, human rights and immigration reporting.
Inspired by a true story, Nagaland is Ben Doherty’s first launch into the literary world, a debut novel set in the far north-east of India, and a journey into the life and legends of the Naga – a forgotten people struggling to survive in the modern world. It has been described as a powerful and evocative story