Australian novelist and playwright Patrick White won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973 for his ‘epic and psychological narrative art’ which ‘introduced a new continent into literature’. Yet much of White’s vision resulted from the formative years he spent in Britain.
In this program, the biographer of Patrick White, David Marr, talks to Martin Thomas about the influence of the Old Dart on the Nobel laureate. The podcast honours the thirtieth anniversary of White’s death.
Ian Henderson and Anouk Lang (eds),Patrick White Beyond the Grave (2015).
Series Producers: Professor Martin Thomas and Dr Béatrice Bijon
Both Thomas and Bijon have long experience as researchers and lecturers, and previously collaborated as producers of Etched in Bone (Ronin Films), a documentary film shot in Arnhem Land about the theft and repatriation of Indigenous human remains. The film had its UK premiere at the Menzies.
Thomas has been based at the ANU School of History since 2010 and is a regular interviewer for the oral history program at the National Library of Australia. Bijon was curator of the National Library’s centenary exhibition on women’s suffrage in 2018, a project she oversaw alongside lecturing in the ANU School of Literature, Language and Linguistics.
Produced by the Menzies Australia Institute at King's College London, in partnership with the Australian Studies Institute at the Australian National University in Canberra.