Nunn - globally-acclaimed actor, scriptwriter and now one of Australia’s
leading fiction writers - will be a special guest of the Harry Bailey Memorial
Library in Coffs Harbour on November 17 to talk about her life and
her latest novel ‘Spirits of the Ghan’.
travelling on The Ghan three years ago, she was instantly inspired and a
long-held desire to set a novel in the centre of Australia was reignited.
have always been fascinated by the Red Centre. Every single time I visit such
places I am struck by the sense of spirituality that abounds in the silence of
the outback. The sensation is palpable. The land seems to breathe with a life
all its own, and never more so than in the Red Centre,” says Judy.
of the Ghan’ is set in 2001 and as the world charges into the new Millennium, a
century-old dream is about to be realised with the completion of the mighty
novel tells the story of two people deeply involved in realising that dream -
Jess Manning, an Aboriginal woman whose role as negotiator between the Elders
and the railway has earned her respect among those involved with the project
and Matthew Witherton, a senior surveyor overseeing the construction of the
line. When their paths finally cross, their respective cultures collide to
reveal a mystery that demands attention, and could threaten the completion of
first three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, became instant
bestsellers. She has since developed a love of writing Australian
historical-based fiction and her fame as a novelist has spread rapidly
throughout Europe where she is published in English, German, French, Dutch,
Czech and Spanish.
2015 Judy was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her ‘significant
service to the performing arts as a scriptwriter and actor of stage and screen,
and to literature as an author’.
Judy will be at the
Library on Tuesday, November 17, at 6pm where she will be in conversation with local
Coffs Coast Advocate journalist Claudia Jambor. The Book Warehouse will also be
selling copies of ‘Spirits of the Ghan’ at the event so you can have your copy
personally signed by Judy Nunn. Entry is free, but to book your place, call
6648 4900, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or book online at http://libraries.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au