Walkley Book Award winner to tour China

Australian author Shirley Shackleton, recent winner of the 2010 Walkley Non Fiction Book award, will tour the China literary festival circuit this March to talk about her recent novel, The Circle of Silence.

The Chinese lit fest scene has been hotting up in recent years, led by the three major festivals which run concurrently in Shanghai (at the famous M on the Bund), Hong Kong and Beijing during March each year.

The Australian Embassy’s Australian Writers’ Week, which coincides with these festivals, is also into its 4th year and this year will be showcasing eight acclaimed Australian authors (including Craig Silvey, Brian Castro, Christos Tsiolkas, and Jessica Rudd) to Chinese audiences over a week long series of events.

Shackleton will be visiting each of the three festivals, to talk to local and international audiences on her award winning work The Circle of Silence. Judges of the Walkley Book Award have praised Shackleton’s work, stating;

“(The Circle of Silence) is an exceptional personal narrative in this year’s field of rich Australian journalism, history and analysis.

From ordinary human expectations, the author’s personal story – with sometimes brutal self-assessment – evolves from self-pity and grief over the 1975 murders at Balibo and Dili to a campaign to raise public consciousness about atrocities which decimated the people of East Timor… The Circle of Silence is Shirley Shackleton’s testimony from her life’s darkest hour at the death of her husband Greg to vindication and relief at the survival of a people who struggled for their freedom.”

For more on The Circle of Silence, click here.

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