There are no Dull Topics, Only Dull Writers

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    Date(s) - 6 May 2013
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Meeting Room N702, Menzies Building, Clayton Campus

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    Professor Roland Perry

    Professor Roland Perry

    Professor Roland Perry, Monash’s Writer-in-Residence, is an award-winning author who has published 26 books, most of them bestsellers, in a variety of genres, from fiction and biography to politics, history, war, espionage and sport. His most notable biography subjects are Sir John Monash, arguably the highest achieving Australian, and Sir Donald Bradman, whom Perry ranks as the greatest sportsman in a century, not just for his batting but also his stand against Apartheid. Roland Perry began his writing career on The Age from 1969 to 1973. After five years in England making documentary films, his first fiction, Program for a Puppet, a political/business thriller, was published in 1979. It was an international bestseller that was translated into eight languages and launched Perry’s career.

    Professor Perry will address the following:

    Extracts (in lieu of synopsis):

    1. Quote: ‘There are no writers, only re-writers.’  If someone claims to be a writer and doesn’t comprehend this, then they are not writers. What is meant by this?
    2. The late Christopher Hitchens remarked just before he died: ‘Everyone has a  book in them, and that is where it should stay.’ What did he mean by this cynical remark and was he correct?
    3. Quote: ‘No one attending this Masterclass should be here.’ What is meant by this?
    4. Quote (as in the title): ‘There are no dull topics, only dull writers.’ What is meant by this?
    5. Quote: ‘The life she was leading was beginning to etch itself into her face.’  What is the significance of this quote? Is it a cliché, or an original bit of writing?

    A recording of this seminar may be downloaded here in mp3 format.