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Lia Hills on The Crying Place

Stonnington Libraries

Event Date: 20 November 2017
Author / Presenters: Lia Hills

During the writing of her latest novel The Crying Place, Lia Hills travelled regularly to the centre of Australia where she visited remote Aboriginal communities and began learning the Pitjantjatjara language. Lia will share images and stories of her journey writing The Crying Place, a haunting story of loss, place and the contradictions that lie at the heart of this nation.

Lia Hills is a novelist, poet, and translator of the French language. Lia’s latest novel, The Crying Place (2017), is set mostly in Arrernte and Pitjantjatjara country. Initially recorded rather than written, in order to get closer to traditional forms of storytelling, Lia spent five years completing The Crying Place, regularly visiting the Centre, learning the Pitjantjatjara language, and consulting with Aboriginal people and those working in the field. Released in March to critical acclaim, it was immediately named the Australian Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Month.

Toorak/South Yarra Library
340 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Monday 20 November, 6.30pm-8pm
Bookings essential.

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