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Sydney Ideas - Reading Australian Literature with Beth Yahp

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Reading Australian Literature is a series in which acclaimed Australian writers reflect on books they value. In a thoughtful and engaging public lecture, each writer will discuss a favourite Australian literary text. What has led them to these books? What do they find remarkable about them? Have these literary encounters left an imprint on the speakers’ own writing?

Join us on 17 October to hear Beth Yahp reflect on The Scent of Eucalyptus by Barbara Hanrahan.

"Barbara Hanrahan’s The Scent of Eucalyptus was one of the first Australian novels I read as an aspiring writer newly in Australia in the mid-1980s: its telescoping perspective, time swoops and forensic attention to mundane detail led to a magical, dizzyingly captivating world. This world of suburban women remains both familiar and strange, and Hanrahan’s formal dexterity and textual ‘wandering/ wondering’ are qualities as striking to me today as they were then. Hanrahan’s ‘slipping from view’ after her premature death in 1991 is something I find as astonishing as the intensely private, densely lyrical and fastidiously documented world she offers her readers."

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Beth Yahp migrated to Australia from Malaysia in 1984. She has lived in Sydney, Kuala Lumpur and Paris. Her hybrid memoir Eat First, Talk Later was published in 2015 and her first book of short fiction, The Red Pearl and Other Stories, will be published in September 2017, along with a reissue of her award-writing novel, The Crocodile Fury. Beth lectures in the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Sydney.

A Sydney Ideas series presented with the School of Literature, Art, and Media at the University of Sydney.

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