Byron Writers Festival is thrilled to present Robyn Davidson, author of the international bestseller Tracks, for an intimate conversation with Zacharey Jane about her memoir Unfinished Woman.
Hailed as ‘an absorbing record of human endeavour and courage’, Unfinished Woman is an unforgettable investigation of time and memory, and a powerful interrogation of how we can live with and find beauty in the uncertainty and strangeness of being.
Join Davidson as she discusses her brave and revealing memoir, which asks the eternal question: how do we learn to be ‘at home everywhere’?
When: 6—7.15pm, Friday 8 December Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay Tickets: $30 Members /$35 General + Booking Fees
In 1977, twenty-seven-year-old Robyn Davidson set off with a dog and four camels to cross 2,700 kilometres of Australian desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean.
A life of almost constant travelling followed and Robyn’s adventurous spirit took her from the deserts of Australia, to Sydney’s bohemian underworld; from Sixties street life to the literary high tables of London; from migrating with nomads in Tibet, to her love with an Indian prince, Davidson’s quest was always motivated by an unquenchable curiosity about other ways of seeing and understanding the world.
“Throw bombs over your shoulder, throw seeds into the future, so that by the time you get there, something will be growing” became her mantra.
In Unfinished Woman Davidson turns at last to explore the terrain she had avoided the most – the past. Through this brave and revealing memoir, she delves into her childhood and youth to uncover the forces that set her on her path, and confront the cataclysm of her heartbreaking early loss.
Unfinished Woman is an unforgettable investigation of time and memory, and a powerful interrogation of how we can live with and find beauty in the uncertainty and strangeness of being.
About Robyn Davidson
Robyn Davidson was born on a cattle property in Queensland. She moved to Sydney in the late Sixties, returning to study in Brisbane before going to Alice Springs to prepare for her journey across the Australian desert. Davidson’s first book Tracks was an international sensation, and was adapted into a film starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. She has travelled extensively, living in London, New York and India, where in the 1990s she spent a year writing about and migrating with nomads. Davidson is now based in regional Victoria, but spends some time each year in India.
About Zacharey Jane
Zacharey Jane is an author and teacher. She has been tour manager and emcee for Writers on the Road, the Byron Writers Festival regional tour, since 2014. Zacharey has chaired sessions for Byron Writers Festival and conducts creative writing lectures and workshops for the general community.