A Pilgrim’s Progress

Bendigo Writers Festival

Event Date: 
11 August 2019
Author / Presenters: 
Barry Hill, Tom Griffiths

In poetry, fiction, reportage and essays, Barry Hill has travelled far and wide. With a style very much his own, he writes about labour history, frontier poetics, about India and its heroes, about Japan and its disasters. Both deeply personal and philosophical, his writing is not easily defined. Tom Griffiths who calls Hill’s work mysterious and compelling, is fascinated by the way each book, each poem, each essay, adds to what has come before, distinct and whole, but coming together “like jewels in a necklace”. This conversation between two influential and admired writers will be both a tribute to Barry Hill’s unusual place in Australian letters as well as a celebration of curiosity and the life of the mind.