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Author In-Conversation: Gregory Day – Words Are Eagles – Writing On The Nature & Language Of Place With Facilitator Harriet Gaffney


Event Date: 19 November 2022
Author / Presenters: Gregory Day and Harriet Gaffney

3.30pm to 5.00pm

Wurdi Youang, Level 5, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop Street, Geelong
Grounded in the landscape of southwestern Victoria, and infused with the heightened sense of place and environmental literacy that have long been key to Gregory Day’s work, this collection of essays explores the nuances required to write about landscape, nature, language and history in Australia. Appearing in-conversation with writer Harriet Gaffney, Gregory will explore the resurgence of the global nature writing movement and the need for ecological care and value of Indigenous knowledge and practices.
Audience questions welcomed. Book sales and book signings will be offered at the conclusion of the event.

Tickets – $20; $10 for GRLC Members

About the presenters: Gregory Day is a writer and musician living on Wadawurrung tabayl in the Eastern Otways region of Victoria, Australia. Gregory has published five novels to date and has won many awards, including the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. In 2019 Gregory’s most recent novel A Sand Archive was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. In 2020 Gregory received the Patrick White Award for his ongoing body of work, and in 2021 he was awarded the Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize for his essay The Watergaw. Gregory’s first book of essays, Words Are Eagles: Selected Writings on the Nature and Language of Place was published in July by Upswell Publishing.
Harriet Gaffney is an award-winning writer, scholar and arts administrator. She has an MA in Creative Writing and is currently working on a novel for her PhD. She freelances as a literary professional for festivals and organisations in Australia and beyond.

David McCooey is a prize-winning poet, critic, and editor, who lives in Geelong. He is the author of four collections of poetry, and a forthcoming collection, The Book of Falling, to be published by Upswell. His work appeared in ten of the last eleven years of The Best Australian Poems series, and has been widely anthologised elsewhere. He is also a composer and sound artist. His most recent album is The Apartment (with Paul Hetherington). He is a Professor of Writing and Literature at Deakin University.

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