Lech Blaine - Car Crash

Tuesday 20 April 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Souths Leagues Club / ZOOM Online
Register until 20 April 2021 4:00 PM

This event commences at Souths Leagues Club, Davies Park and online at 6.30pm (AEST)

NOTE: In registering for this event you need to include your email address.

Event guests - 6.00 for a 6.30pm start. Limited to 150 seats. With booking an event ticket your name will be on the door at Souths Leagues Club. Please allow time to register your details at the event using the QR Reader.

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What is it like to survive a crash that kills your best friends, and how do you move on? From an exceptional debut writer comes a stunning memoir about grief, perseverance and courage.

Kristina Olsson officially launches Car Crash followed by an in-conversation between Trent Dalton and Lech Blaine.

At seventeen, Lech Blaine walked away unscratched from a car crash that killed three of his friends and left two in comas.

On a May night in 2009, seven boys in Toowoomba piled into a car. They never arrived at their destination. The driver made a routine error, leading to a head-on collision.

In the aftermath, rumours about speed and drink-driving erupted. There was intense scrutiny from the media and police. Lech used alcohol to numb his grief and social media to show stoicism, while secretly spiralling towards depression and disgrace.

This is a riveting account of family, friendship, grief and love after tragedy. In a country where class and sport dominate, and car crashes compete with floods and pandemics for headlines, our connection with others is what propels us on. Heartbreaking and darkly hilarious, Car Crash is a story for our times.

Lech Blaine is a writer from Toowoomba. His work appears in The Best Australian Essays, Meanjin, The Guardian and The Monthly, among others. His work has been nominated for several prizes and he was an inaugural recipient of a Griffith Review Queensland Writers Fellowship.


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