Sharks and Surfboards - With Tim Winton and Evie Wyld

Friday 26 May
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens
3.15 - 4.15pm
£8 / £80 weekend ticket

Tim Winton is one of Australia’s most esteemed novelists, winning the prestigious Miles Franklin Award a record four times. Known as an environmentalist writer with a strong sense of landscape and place, many of his novels are set in the farmlands, deserts, forests and mountains of Western Australia. He is also a keen surfer, once describing writing as like surfing – ‘you sit there, waiting, in the hope that something will come over the horizon’. Here, he will discuss his latest book, a powerful memoir entitled The Boy Behind the Curtain, in conversation with award-winning Anglo-Australian writer Evie Wyld. Evie’s latest book, Everything is Teeth, is a delicate and intimate collection of the memories about her childhood summers spent in New South Wales – and her obsession with sharks.

‘That Winton’s non-fiction is as lyrical as his fiction goes without saying.’ - The Guardian

‘No one is better than Tim Winton at giving dramatic substance to the interface between art and life’ – Australian Book Review

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About the writers

Tim Winton has published twenty-eight books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia.

Find out more about The Boy Behind the Curtain

Tim Winton on class and neoliberalism: 'We're not citizens but economic players' (Guardian, Oct 2016)

Tim Winton laid bare (The Australian, Sept 2016)

Boy Behind the Curtain: Tim Winton explores his place in the world (The Australian, Oct 2016)


Evie Wyld grew up in Australia and London, where she currently resides. Her first novel, After the Fire, a Still Small Voice, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award, and All the Birds, Singing won the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Encore Award for Best Second Novel. Wyld has also been short-listed for the Orange Award for New Writers, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and the Costa Novel Award, and long-listed for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Website

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld – review (Guardian, June 2013)

Sunday Book Review: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld (NY Times, June 2014)

Evie Wyld on 'the anger and frustration of being a woman' (Guardian, June 2014)