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Sonya Hartnett on the importance of place

Acclaimed author Sonya Hartnett explores the importance of place in both her life and writing in the 2010 Redmond Barry Lecture.

Sonya's first novel was published when she was a teenager in 1984. Her work is direct, challenging and sometimes uncompromising, often examining the darker side of existence. Many of her stories feature very local, suburban settings in Melbourne and the suburbs are a theme of her lecture.

Sonya's award-winning books include Thursday’s child, Ghost’s child andOf a boy. In 2008 she was the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Her debut picture book, The boy and the toy, and a novel for younger readers, The midnight zoo, will be published in 2010.

This Redmond Barry Lecture was held on 7 July 2010.