Craig Silvey: Runt, Honeybee and the making of a modern classic
Byron Writers Festival is thrilled to present one of Australia’s most beloved authors, Craig Silvey, who will appear in conversation about his latest book Runt as well as his bestselling 2020 novel Honeybee.
From the author of the modern classic Jasper Jones comes Runt, a heart-warming, funny, beautifully told story in the tradition of Babe, Matilda and The Castle. Craig’s third novel, the critically-acclaimed Honeybee, is a tender, profoundly moving story, brimming with vivid characters and luminous words.
Join Silvey at Byron Theatre as he discusses both novels in one enthralling event, in conversation with Sarah Armstrong.
When: 6—7.15pm, Friday 28 October Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay Tickets: $25 Members /$30 General
Craig Silvey is an author and screenwriter from Fremantle, Western Australia. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Rhubarb, was published in 2004. His bestselling novel, Jasper Jones, was released in 2009 and is considered a modern Australian classic. Published in over a dozen territories, Jasper Jones has won plaudits in three continents, including an International Dublin Literary Award shortlisting, a Michael J. Printz Award Honor, and a Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlisting. Jasper Jones was the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for 2010. Craig’s third novel Honeybee was published in 2019 and won Best Fiction for the Indie Book Awards 2021 and Dymock’s Book of the Year 2020.
A heart-warming, funny, beautifully told story for readers of all ages from the bestselling author of Jasper Jones and Honeybee.
‘You don’t have to carry the weight of the world in your tool belt.’
Annie Shearer lives in the country town of Upson Downs with her best friend, an adopted stray dog called Runt. The two share a very special bond.
After years evading capture, Runt is remarkably fast and agile, perfect for herding runaway sheep. But when a greedy local landowner puts her family’s home at risk, Annie directs Runt’s extraordinary talents towards a different pursuit – winning the Agility Course Grand Championship at the lucrative Krumpets Dog Show in London.
However, there is a curious catch: Runt will only obey Annie’s commands if nobody else is watching. With all eyes on them, Annie and Runt must beat the odds and the fastest dogs in the world to save her farm.
Runt is a heart-warming and hilarious tale of kindness, friendship, hurdles, hoops, tunnels, see-saws, being yourself and bringing out the best in others.
Honeybee is a heartbreaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show.
At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering stepfather, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances.
Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel, brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It’s about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter – one offering hope, the other redemption. It’s about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.
‘Honeybee is the result of a deeply felt experiment in empathy, a symphony for the heartstrings.’ The Age
‘Readers will spend much of the book with heart in mouth… it is this relationship, between a grieving widower and a damaged 14-year-old, that forms the glowing core of the tale.’ The Australian
‘The result is a beautiful, life-affirming and optimistic story about the importance of understanding, support and love. I will be keeping a copy close by, on my bookshelf, as I know I will be drawn to read it again and again.’ Weekend Notes