Year 11 & 12 Extension English Writers Workshop

Event Date: 20/08/2019 - 20/08/2019

Students of Year 11 and 12 Extension English classes have been presented with an exciting opportunity to take part in a workshop with author Larissa Behrendt on Tuesday 20 August, from 12:00-2:00pm in the Kirrawee High School Library.

Larissa has written numerous books, including Finding Eliza, which analyses the representation of Indigenous Australians in colonial and postcolonial literature. The opportunity to speak to Larissa is aimed at supporting Extension English students in their study of the HSC Literary Homelands module, with particular emphasis on issues that are explored The Secret River. Larissa is an alumni of Kirrawee High and is an intellectual powerhouse. Below is a short biography outlining just some of her achievements:

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Larissa Behrendt is a barrister and author, and is currently Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology. She is a regular columnist for The Guardian and has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is the author of two novels: Home, which won the 2002 David Unaipon Award and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (South-East Asia and South Pacific); and Legacy, which won the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing. She is also the author of Finding Eliza, a discursive reworking of the story of Eliza Fraser, which explores representations of both colonial and Indigenous people in Australian colonial and postcolonial works. She is current chair of the Bangarra Dance Company board and was the inaugural chair of the NITV board. She is the Ambassador of the Guwara Aboriginal Campus at St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney, a film director and producer, and a board member of the Sydney Story Factory, a literacy program in Redfern. She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year.