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The Author Talks: An Evening with Felicity Castagna

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Margaret Martin Library

73 Belmore Road

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Randwick, NSW 2031

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No More Boats

Join award-winning author Felicity Castagna as she discusses her latest novel 'No More Boats', exploring Australian attitudes to the refugee problem and the paradoxical relationship which our country has with its migrant origins.

Set in Sydney’s multicultural Parramatta, the focal point of the novel involves the dramatic turnback of the Norwegian ship the Tampa in 2001, with its 438 desperate refugees. In focus as well is the nation’s collective anxiety, the fear of ‘the foreign invader,’ in a country which has been historically built on waves of migration.

For some earlier migrants, John Howard’s historic assertion of border control arouses supportive passion; they believe they struggled harder than today’s less deserving ‘boat people’. Yet the novel questions whether, ultimately, anybody is “from” here and whether our identities, jobs, families, and homes can only be a temporary refuge.

Books will be available for purchase on the night.

This event is free. Enquiries: 9093 6400

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