Tony Birch - Dark as Last Night + Whisper Songs + Ghost River

Wednesday 22 September 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop / ZOOM Online
Register until 22 September 2021 4:00 PM

This event commences instore and online at 6.30pm (AEST)

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

Instore watch party guests - 6.00 for a 6.30pm start. Limited to forty seats. With booking an instore ticket your name will be on the door at Avid Reader. Avid Reader is required to use the Check In Qld App when signing in patrons to our events. You can download the Check In Qld App HERE.

WATCH PARTY: Despite Tony's event moving online due to COVID, we will be hosting our first in-store watch party! It will be free to attend, so come along for a glass of wine and a cheese platter on the deck. We'll manage all the tech for you by projecting the Zoom interview on the big screen, while you sit back and relax for the evening. Bookings essential. Limited to 40 seats.

Online guests - we email the Zoom event link to you after 4.00pm AEST on the day of the event. If you have not received this information prior to the event please check your SPAM folder. Customers using BigPond email addresses have informed us that they often do not receive our emails. Please use an alternative address or ensure that you have contacted us directly before 6.00pm AEST on the day of the event to request the link.

Bar open at 5.30pm - drinks available for purchase prior to and after the event.

Rhianna Patrick is in-conversation with Tony Birch discussing his short stories, Dark as Last Night, his poetry, Whisper Songs and his novel, Ghost River.

Dark as Last Night confirms, once again, that Tony Birch is a master of the short story. These exceptional stories capture the importance of human connection at pivotal moments in our lives, whether those occur because of the loss of a loved one or the uncertainties of childhood. In this collection we witness a young girl struggling to protect her mother from her father’s violence, two teenagers clumsily getting to know one another by way of a shared love of music, and a man mourning the death of his younger brother, while beset by memories and regrets from their shared past. Throughout this powerful collection, Birch’s concern for the humanity of those who are often marginalised or overlooked shines bright.

Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing, and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Prize; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2012. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award. In 2021 he will release two new books, a poetry collection, Whisper Songs, and a new short story collection, Dark as Last Night. Tony Birch is also an activist, historian and essayist. His website is: tony-birch.com