Remembering Charmian Clift

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'In every generation there are certain writers who function as national weather vanes, recording change in the social and political climate. Charmian Clift was one of these.' - Nadia Wheatley

The Friends of Kiama Library and the Kiama and District Historical Society are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Charmian Clift - one of Kiama's, and indeed Australia's, most legendary writers - with a talk presented by Charmian's biographer, Nadia Wheatley, followed by a discussion panel featuring commentators Richard Walsh, Graham Tucker and Boni Maywald.

Charmian Clift

Charmian Clift was born in Kiama in 1923. The precocious country girl grew into an intelligent and beautiful woman who, after a stint as a lieutenant in the army, began a career as a journalist with the Melbourne Argus. It was here that she met with war correspondent George Johnston, with whom she collaborated on the prize-winning novel High Valley. In 1951 they moved to London, and then, three years later, to Hydra, a remote Greek island, where they lived for the next ten years. It was while living here that Charmian produced some of her best works - Mermaid Singing, Peel Me a Lotus, Walk to the Paradise Gardens and Honour's Mimic. On her return to Australia in the 1960s, Charmian became one of the most influential newspaper columnists in Australia, shaping the opinions on thousands of readers. When she died, many felt as though they had lost a personal friend.

Nadia Wheatley

Nadia Wheatley is a prolific and successful Australian writer whose work includes novels, biographies, histories and also children's books. Her biography The Life and Myth of Charmian Clift was described by one critic as 'one of the greatest Australian biographies' and won the NSW Premier's Award for Australian History.

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WHEN: Saturday 6 July, 2.30 pm

WHERE: Kiama Library

COST: $10 (includes light afternoon tea and entry to the museum exhibition at the Pilot's Cottage throughout the weekend.)

TICKETS: Book online via Trybooking or drop into the library and ask at the front desk.