An unforgettable new voice
Alice Pung's moon is rising. She is a Melbourne writer and lawyer whose work has appeared in Meanjin, The Monthly and Good Weekend.
Unpolished Gem is her first book and already the winner of the Australian Newcomer of the Year 2007 in the Australian Book Industry Awards and shortlisted for a multitude of other awards. Rich in comedy, this loving and irreverent portrait of a family has been an absolute favourite at writers' festivals around the country.
In a wonderland called Footscray, a girl named Alice and her Chinese-Cambodian family, pursue the Australian dream - Asian style. This striking story is a potent testament of what being an immigrant Australian means to people who come here to find something better than what they have left behind.
Currently Alice is editing a new book Growing up Asian in Australia - a collection of stories that takes an honest and irreverent look behind the stereotype and reveals what it's really like being Asian in this country.
Alice Pung is a wonderful speaker. Meet her over lunch in a lively discussion with Caroline Baum about being a cultural go-between.
A CULTURAL GO-BETWEEN, Alice Pung
Sunday 6 12.00pm $65 Parc Food
Duration: approximately 3 hours.
Includes a two course lunch with one glass of wine on arrival.
Downloadable: Full 'The Noosa Longweekend' Festival Programme
Event Name: The Noosa Longweekend
Dates (2008): 4-13 July 2008
Location: various venues and locations throughout the Noosa Shire
Telephone: 07 5474 9941
Fax: 07 5474 9940
Combine arts and culture with sun and sand at The Noosa Longweekend in one of the world's most enviable destinations. The Noosa Longweekend is an annual 10-day festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, food, film, literature and thought-provoking, barrier-breaking forums, that has become recognised as one of Australia's foremost regional cultural events. The Noosa Longweekend offers a unique cultural experience that engages audiences with a quality artistic program, world-class cuisine, and the stunning natural environment unique to Noosa. Established in 2002 by prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, his wife Kristin and former Berlin Philharmonic violinist Brett Dean, the festival continues to attract some of Australia's and the world's best artists, performers, writers, film-makers, musicians, environmentalists and commentators.
The 2008 program includes Amanda Muggleton, Max Gillies, Opera Australia, Circa, Geraldine Doogue, Barrie Cassidy, Maggie Beer, John Buchanan, Kaz Cooke, Hugh Mackay, Monsieur Camembert, The Idea of North, Sara Storer. Plus an extensive free community program including lots of school holiday activities for kids, teens and families.
Noosa's unique geography and village-style atmosphere provide the inspiring backdrop for this festival that offers visitors beautiful beaches and national parks, fabulous food and culture - nourishment for the body, mind and soul. A celebration that embraces diversity, The Noosa Longweekend presents a broad program of ticketed, low-cost and free events that entertains, enlivens and inspires its many different audiences.
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