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This Friday Friends of the Library are holding a special event to discuss legendary Australian literary figure Xavier Herbert who is best known for his novels 'Poor Fellow My Country' and 'Capricornia'. Be quick to secure your spot, bookings close 3pm today! ... See MoreSee Less

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Xavier Herbert

November 28, 2014, 5:30pm

Library Conference Room , Level 1, Duhig Building, The University of Queensland

Please join us for a very special Friends of the Library event and Christmas celebration Craig Munro and Geordie Williamson will visit The University of Queensland to discuss the legacy of Xavier Herbert, 30 years after his passing, in a session chaired by Professor David Carter. Writer Xavier Herbert (1901-1984) was an extraordinary figure in Australian literature. He was perhaps best known for his Miles Franklin Award-winning novel Poor Fellow My Country, but Capricornia remains an admired work, described in 1939 by H.G. Wells as "the best written and finest spirited novel that has ever come out of Australia." Both reveal his concern about the impact of European settlement on Indigenous life and culture in Australia. Craig Munro, former publishing manager at UQP, is the author of the award-winning biography Wild Man of Letters: The Story of P.R. Stephensen (1984) and a history of UQP, The Writer's Press (1998). He has been an adviser to the Literature Board of the Australia Council and was the founding chair of the Queensland Writers' Centre. Geordie Williamson is chief literary critic of The Australian newspaper. In 2011, he won the Pascall Prize for criticism, Australia's only major national prize awarded for critical writing. His book The Burning Library explores the lives and work of some of our greatest novelists. David Carter is Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History at The University of Queensland. He is a judge of the annual Patrick White Award and chair of the national Board of Management for AustLit: The Resource for Australian Literature. His most recent publication is Always Almost Modern: Australian Print Cultures and Modernity (Australian Scholarly Press, 2013). The Sadie and Xavier Herbert Collection (UQFL83) is held in the Fryer Library at The University of Queensland. Additional manuscript material relating to Xavier Herbert can be found in the Laurie Hergenhan Collection (UQFL203).

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