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2008 Event Media Release - An afternoon with Ian McEwan

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Issued Wednesday, 6 February 2008

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TALKS - AN AFTERNOON WITH IAN MCEWAN IN CONVERSATION WITH RAMONA KOVAL

The New York Times Book Review calls him, the master clockmaster of novelists and the New York Observer says Ian McEwan is in the first tier of novelists writing in English today. Sydney Opera House Talks is proud to present Booker prize-winning author Ian McEwan in his only Sydney appearance on Sunday 9 March in the Opera Theatre.

Exploring the boundaries between truth and artifice, McEwan will be joined on stage by Radio National's Ramona Koval for what will undoubtedly be a lively and probing conversation.

As McEwan says, Some novelists resent being corrected on a point of fact in their fiction: they are gods in their own world and can shape it as they wish. Other writers welcome factual accuracy. The borders between truth and artifice can be crossed and re-crossed. In some of my recent work I have been interested in merging the imagined with the 'real'. How loyal does a writer need to be to the facts, and what part does research play in the shaping of a novel?

Ian McEwan has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998. His latest novel, On Chesil Beach, was also recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. McEwan has won most of the English speaking world's major literary awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Whitbread Novel Award, the WH Smith Literary Award, the National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His novel, Atonement, was recently made into a film which this year won two Golden Globes and was nominated for seven Oscars. (The Oscar winners will be announced on Sunday 24 February.)

Ramona Koval is known across Australia as the presenter of Radio National’s The Book Show. Koval is also a writer and has participated in several Australian literary festivals, has been invited to many international literary festivals and has served on the judging panel of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the radio section of the Walkley Awards.

Performance Details: An Afternoon with Ian McEwan
Venue: Opera Theatre
Date: Sunday 9 March
Time: 2.00pm 
Prices: $39 and $29 (concession)
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777

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