Trent Dalton live in conversation with Zacharey Jane
With a musical performance from Bobby Alu
Byron Writers Festival is thrilled to announce an exclusive LIVE event at Byron Theatre with award-winning, record-breaking, bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe Trent Dalton, who returns with one of the most anticipated novels of 2020.
All Our Shimmering Skies is an epic odyssey of true love and grave danger, of darkness and light, of bones and blue skies. It is a love letter to Australia and an ode to the art of looking up.
Join us for this much-awaited evening of candid conversation with one of Australia’s most-loved authors. The event will include a short performance from local musician Bobby Alu.
For those unable to make it to the live event at the Byron Theatre, we will be releasing online stream tickets in the coming days. Stay tuned.
Please Note: This is a live theatre event. Capacity is strictly limited due to Covid restrictions, so book your seats early. Seats will be allocated upon booking so if you wish to sit with friends, please book as a group.
When: Tuesday 17 November, 6 – 7.30pm
Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay
Theatre ticket: $25 Members / $30 General + Booking Fee* Theatre ticket plus book bundle: $50 Members / $55 General + Booking Fee** Online stream tickets: $8 + Booking Fee
*Please note tickets will be administered by Byron Theatre, NOT Byron Writers Festival.
** Pre-purchase All Our Shimmering Skies for $25 with your theatre ticket. Your copy will be available for collection on the night. Alternatively the book will be available to buy separately on the night for $33.
Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger’s daughter, is looking to the skies and running for her life. Inside a duffel bag, she carries a stone heart, alongside a map to lead her to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who she believes put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress, and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. The treasure lies before them, but close behind them trails the dark. And above them, always, are the shimmering skies.
A story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves, All Our Shimmering Skies is a buoyant, beautiful and magical novel, abrim with warmth, wit and wonder.
About Trent Dalton
Trent Dalton is a staff writer for the Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. He’s a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a four-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards Features Journalist of the Year.
His number 1 bestselling debut novel, Boy Swallows Universe, broke records to become the fastest selling Australian debut novel ever. It is being published globally across 34 English language and translation territories and has won many major Australian literary prizes including the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the 2019 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the 2019 Indie Book of the Year, NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writer and People’s Choice, the Indie Book of the Year and a record-breaking four Australian Book Industry Awards.
Boy Swallows Universe is currently being adapted for the stage by Queensland Theatre Company and for the screen, with Joel Edgerton attached.
Amidst smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance, and unassuming grooves that work a gradual, smile-inducing high through even a casual listener, Bobby Alu tunes have a way of sneaking into the subconscious and taking up residence. Though it’s not all palm trees and daydreams from the Byron Bay singer, ukulele-strummer and drummer – there’s a robust energy in Alu’s mastery of traditional Samoan log drums, and a vitality to his songwriting that nods to world, roots and pop intelligence.
This project is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund
In light of current public health advice regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Writers on the Road regional tour (30 March – 3 April) will be rescheduled to later in the year. Please subscribe to our E-newsletter for updates.
Writers on the Road, the free Byron Writers Festival touring program, is taking the road less travelled this year with a crew of literary renegades. Acclaimed authors and artists on-board include Indigenous illustrator Dub Leffler, writer and recovering teacher Gabbie Stroud, bestselling author Kayte Nunn and Jewish, queer, non-binary writer Nevo Zisin. They are not scared to ask the dangerous questions, or to answer them, for that matter.
All events are free and open to the public. Bookings preferred.
Venue: Evans Head Library Address: Woodburn Street, Evans Head Phone: (02) 6660 0374 Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Bonalbo Memorial Hall Address: Stratheden Street, Bonalbo Time: 6.00pm
Venue: The Book Room Address: Fletcher Street, Byron Bay Phone: 02 6685 8183 Time: 6.00pm
Meet the authors and illustrators
Descended from the Bigambul people of South-West Queensland, Dub Leffler is one of Australia’s most sought after illustrators of children’s literature. He has written two books for children and is currently illustrating his 23rd title. Dub’s work has afforded him travel to places as diverse as remote Australia, Europe, Indonesia and America and his illustrations are now in permanent collection in The National Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
In 2019, Dub won The Eve Pownall Award for Book of the Year from the Children’s Book Council of Australia, for Sorry Day. 2020 will see the release of two books Dub has illustrated – Rocky & Louie, written by Raewyn Caisley and Phil Walley-Stack, and Strangers On Country, written by Kirsty Murray and Dave Hartley. Dub is currently illustrating Our Dreaming written by Kirli Saunders.
Gabbie Stroud is a writer and recovering teacher. After years of juggling the demands of the primary classroom, she became disenchanted and disillusioned, eventually making the painful decision to leave the profession she had loved. In 2016, her critical commentary of Australia’s education system was published in Griffith Review’s Edition 51 Fixing the System, which went on to be shortlisted for a Walkley Award. Gabbie’s first novel, a Young Adult fiction—Measuring Up—was published by Scribe in 2009.
Gabbie’s smash-hit memoir Teacher was shortlisted for Biography Book of the Year at the 2018 ABIA Awards and has contributed to the national dialogue on education. Her latest book, Dear Parents, is a passionate call to arms for all parents. Gabbie lives on the far south coast of New South Wales, where she co-parents her totally awesome girls—Olivia and Sophie.
Nevo Zison is a Jewish, queer, non-binary writer, performer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/ Birraranga / Melbourne. They run workshops in schools and professional development trainings in workplaces around transgender identity & language. They are the author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and a contributor to Kindred:12 Queer #LoveOzYA stories. They are a mentor for The Pinnacle Foundation, one of Out for Australia’s 30 Under 30 and a member of the Gender Euphoria cast – Australia’s largest all trans & gender diverse show on a main stage.
Kayte Nunn is a former book and magazine editor and is the international bestselling author of five novels, published in 12 countries. Her latest novel, The Silk House, will be published in August 2020 in Australia, and in 2021 in the UK.