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Miles Franklin winning author once called Woonona home

AWARD winning author Tara June Winch, who grew-up in Woonona, will feature in an online talk next month – and you have the chance to ask her questions.

Winch’s book The Yield was recently announced as the winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award. It also won the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards People’s Choice Award and the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Book of the Year.

Wollongong City Libraries is inviting community members to put forward suggested questions for the celebrated author. The questions can be submitted on the Wollongong City Libraries Facebook page from today (Friday August 14) until 12 noon Tuesday August 18.

“We have the opportunity to pre-record an author talk with Tara from Paris and rather than just us asking the questions, we thought we’d open it up to our passionate readers,” Wollongong City Council Manager Library and Community Services Jenny Thompson said.

“It’s not every day you have the opportunity to put questions to an author whose book has had such a positive impact, and I encourage everyone to jump onto the Wollongong City Libraries Facebook page over the weekend and share their questions for Tara.

“Our staff will pick a selection of these questions and ask them of Tara during the interview.’’

The author talk will be shared via the Library’s website in September.

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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