What's happened to Robyn Davidson?
Thirty years ago Robyn Davidson, four camels and a dog, crossed the West Australian desert -1700 miles from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. The story of that journey, Tracks became an international, prize-winning best seller and a cult classic that continues to enthral and inspire.
So what's happened to Robyn since? A lot. Wild and restless at heart, she's travelled through India with a cast of pastoral nomads, the Rabari. She's had a tempestuous relationship with Salman Rushdie and another with the Indian politician Narendra Bhati. There have been film scripts, books (Desert Places), essays (No Fixed Address: Nomads and the Fate of the Planet), Cambridge and ANU fellowships and more - as we will discover.
Be transported over lunch. With Ric Smolan's evocative photographic record of Robyn's desert trek for National Geographic, Griffith Review editor Julianne Schultz journeys with Robyn to explore a life lived always in search of the next adventure.
A WANDERING LIFE
Sunday 6 12.00pm $75 Rococo Noosa
Duration: approximately 3 hours.
Includes two course lunch with a glass of wine on arrival.
Three views of the desert
From the early days of western settlement, Australia's desert heart has been a magnet for explorers, fortune seekers, adventurers and romantics. For today's largely urban dwellers, its extremes and isolation still hold an aura of fascination and awe. In different ways, The Noosa Longweekend's three guests are inextricably bound to this challenging environment:
Robyn Davidson is widely remembered for her remarkable Western Australian desert crossing.
Naturalist, cartographer and artist John Wolseley created the acclaimed Simpson Desert print series.
Kim Mahood, artist and author of Craft for a Dry Lake, grew up in the pastoral plains of the Tanami Desert returning to record Aboriginal perceptions of place.
These modern-day nomads, intrigued by the spirit of the outback, discuss with the ABC's Peter Thompson the thrall our deserts hold for them.
A DESERT AFFAIR
Saturday 5 10.00am $35 The J
Duration: approximately 2 hours.
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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