Going Bush Past Event


Sun 28 May 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Free, no booking required


14 Lyttleton St, Castlemaine VIC 3450, Australia


What does waking up to birdsong instead of traffic do for a writer? And what happens when the town you live in has more artists, writers, clowns and PhDs than anywhere in Australia?

Going Bush is a conversation with Carmel Bird, Martine Murray and Honeytree Thomas, hosted by Suzanne Donisthorpe. Three generations of writers at different stages of their careers discuss the benefits and obstacles of living and writing in Castlemaine.

Presented by Castlemaine Art Museum
Located on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in the foothills of Mt Leanganook, Castlemaine Art Museum is a not-for-profit art gallery and museum connecting people through art, history and ideas. CAM is a leading regional institution in the sphere of bold curation that brings art and objects from the past and present into multilayered conversations, creating a dynamic, inclusive platform for new voices, community connections, reflections and ideas.

Carmel Bird Speaker

Carmel Bird has written over 30 books and is the winner of the 2016 Patrick White Literary Award in recognition of her contribution to Australian Literature, and some of whose novels have just been re-published as part of Untapped: The Australian Literary Heritage Project. Her new collection of short stories Love Letter to Lola is coming out in May.

Martine Murray Speaker

Martine Murray has written many critically acclaimed books, including How to Make a Bird, winner of the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Young Adult award in 2004, and The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley, winner of the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Children’s Book award in 2006. She has studied filmmaking at Prahran College, art at the Victorian College of the Arts and Movement & Dance at Melbourne University. She has formed a dance theatre company called Bird on a Wire and received Arts Victoria funding to develop and perform a full-length work, as part of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival.

Honeytree Thomas Speaker

Honeytree Thomas is an emerging writer, recipient of The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Emerging Writers’ Mentorship Program for her novel The Passionflower and teaches writing at Bendigo Kangan Institute and Bendigo TAFE.

Suzanne Donisthorpe Moderator

Suzanne Donisthorpe was a producer/reporter on every incarnation of the Books and Arts program on ABC Radio National for over 20 years. She curated the well received show at Lot 19, Castlemaine, Signs of the Times in 2022. Her novel Getting Up was published by Pan Macmillan in 2013. She currently hosts The Retronauts program on Castlemaine public radio MAINfm.

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