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The Long Table - Meg and Tom Keneally

Not all murder victims are mourned, but the perpetrator must always be punished…

We’re very excited to present our new programming stream ‘The Long Table'. The Long Table is a new lunch series which we are thrilled to launch with father and daughter writing team Meg and Tom Keneally. This is an exclusive and intimate opportunity to celebrate the release of The Unmourned, the second book in The Monsarrat Series set in the historic Parramatta Female Factory. 

For Robert Church, superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, the most enjoyable part of his job is access to young convict women. Inmate Grace O’Leary has made it her mission to protect the women from his nocturnal visits and when Church is murdered with an awl thrust through his right eye, she becomes the chief suspect.”

If you’re hooked on the Monsarrat series, have burning questions about the Booker, or want to find our more about the teamwork behind writing historical fiction then join us for this intimate meal with erudite and hilarious conversation guaranteed.

Tickets: $75

Entry includes two course lunch, glass of wine or soft drink, tea or coffee and a copy of The Unmourned (RRP $33)

Timing (approximate)

12pm Arrival
12:20pm First course served
1pm Second course served
1:30pm Event concludes

Please note that seating is strictly limited to 20 guests. Menu coming soon.


About the Authors

Tom Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler's Ark, later made into the Steven Spielberg Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List. His non-fiction includes the memoir Searching For Schindler and Three Famines, an LA Times Book of the Year. Fiction titles include Shame and the CaptivesThe Daughters Of MarsAn Angel In Australia and The Widow And Her Hero (shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award). Tom's novels The Chant of Jimmie BlacksmithGossip from the Forest, and Confederates were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers For The Paraclete won the Miles Franklin Award.

Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer. On returning to Australia, she joined The Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, covering everything from courts to crime to animals’ birthday parties at the zoo. She then joined Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer. In 1997 Meg co-founded a financial service public relations company, which she sold after having her first child. For more than ten years, Margaret has worked in corporate affairs for listed financial services companies, and doubles as a part-time SCUBA diving instructor.