Rothwell’s chief subject is always the inland: the mystic Kurangara cult that flourished in the Kimberley; the story of the Western Desert artists, their works and their eventual fate; the tracks across the wilderness of Colonel Warburton and George Grey; the bush dreams and intuitions of DH Lawrence and the landscape word-portraits by the great biographer of nature Eric Rolls.
‘A caster of spells.’ (Australian Book Review)
His latest novel, Quicksilver begins on a quiet day in contemplation of a lizard deep in the heart of the outback, but quickly moves to the Russia of Tolstoy and Gorky, and on to other lands and times, bringing into play universal questions about the essential nature of the human condition. In Quicksilver Rothwell masterfully takes us in search of the sacred through place and time, in an enchanting reverie of calm wondering.
Join Nicolas for an ‘in conversation’ event with Professor Nicolas Peterson, Director of the Centre for Native Title Anthropology, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.
Nicolas Rothwell is the award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction including Belomor, Wings of the Kite-Hawk, The Red Highway and Journeys to the Interior, and Northern Australia correspondent for The Australian reporting predominantly on Indigenous and artistic affairs.
Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)