He’s been writing about coastal life for over 40 years, but instead of publishing a new novel, the four-time Miles Franklin winner has delivered a three-part natural history series for television.  What makes an artist step so far outside his lane at this stage of his career?  How does a novelist reconcile a lifelong defence of ‘useless beauty’ with the urgent need for action? A reflection on writing in the throes of a climate emergency and extinction crisis.

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Tim Winton (Australian)

Tim Winton

Tim Winton’s literary career spans 40 years of writing and 29 books for adults and younger readers. His books have been translated into 28 languages and won numerous awards including the Miles Franklin Literary Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). Tim is also the writer, narrator, and executive producer of the nature documentary series Ningaloo Nyinggulu screening around the world in 2023. Tim lives in Western Australia.