Tom Keneally is one of
Australia’s most beloved authors, well known for his prize-winning Schindler’s Ark – the basis for Academy
Award-winning film Schindler’s List –
as well as his outspokenness on all matters political as well as rugby league.
He is the author of more than 50 works of fiction and nonfiction, and as
well being the first Australian to win the Booker Prize, has twice won
Australia’s most prestigious fiction award, the Miles Franklin, been
shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award and the Commonwealth
Writers Prize, and garnered Australian Film
Institute and Critics Circle awards for his screenplays.
His passion for Australian history embues much of his work, particularly
a three volume series focusing on the people of Australia, Australians. He has recently begun a series of crime novels set in
colonial Australia co-written with his daughter Meg, citing that he has too
many ideas to write himself in his remaining years.
Keneally visited China in 1979 as a founding member of the Australian
government’s Australia-China Council, involved in the creation of the China Daily, and the first overseas
delegate visit to the Entombed Warriors, as well as academic and other
exchanges. Keneally is an official ‘Australian Living Treasure’ and in 1983 he was
made an Officer of the Order of Australia.
| Friday May 12 | 7.30pm | 50rmb (includes a drink)
Keneally’s visit is part of Australian Writers Week in China (8-18 May 2017); presented by the Australian Embassy in
Beijing, Consulates-General in Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai, and supported
by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.