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Join Newcastle Writers Festival for a special online event with Richard Flanagan!

Newcastle Writers Festival is delighted to present Richard Flanagan: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams in conversation with Jennifer Byrne.


The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is an ember storm of a novel. This is Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan at his most moving.In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna’s aged mother is dying—if her three children would just allow it.

Richard Flanagan’s novels have received numerous honours and are published in forty-two countries.

He won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish.

A rapid on the Franklin River is named after him.Jennifer Byrne is a celebrated journalist, editor, quizmaster, Logie-winning presenter, and formerly publishing director of Reed books and host of ABC’s decade-spanning The Book Club.

This digital event is broadcast from 7pm AEST, 29 September 2020, and available on demand until 9pm AEST, 13 October 2020 in Australia & New Zealand.

Viewing instructions for the event will be sent directly to purchasers by email within 24 hours of the commencement of the broadcast period.

Event Tickets – $15

Event Ticket plus book for collection at MacLean’s Booksellers, Hamilton – $45 (inc 10% discount)

Event Ticket plus book postage – $55 (inc 10% discount)

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