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EVENT: Dear Lindy – Alana Valentine in conversation with Geoffrey Williams
VENUE: The Laneway Art Space
ADDRESS: 148A Barkly St, St Kilda
DATE: Friday 5th October 2018
TIME: 7:30 pm – 9:30
COST: $35:00




A very special one night only event for St Kilda’s Writers Week.

Join us for an evening of conversation with award-winning writer Alana Valentine and Geoffrey Williams, Founding Artistic Director of The Laneway Artspace and the St Kilda Writers Centre, followed by a Q&A.

The story captivated a nation. A mother accused of murdering her child. Her claim – that the baby was taken by a dingo – denied and discredited by zealous police and a flawed legal system. The media circus, the rumours, the mob mentality and a nation’s prejudices laid bare.

Over three decades, from baby Azaria’s death to the final coroner’s report, the public wrote more than 20,000 letters to Lindy Chamberlain. From sympathy to abuse, letters from children and letters from those who have lost a child, these letters traverse the gamut of human response to Chamberlain’s story.

Alana Valentine’s book Dear Lindy and her play Letters to Lindy, draw on this correspondence, as well as extensive interviews with Lindy Chamberlain herself, to create an enthralling, moving and long-overdue dialogue between Chamberlain and the nation.

Letters to Lindy explores the public’s relationship with one of 20th Century Australia’s most iconic figures, Lindy Chamberlain, and provides deep insight into one of the most compelling legal and human dramas of our times. It paints a singular portrait of the heartbreak, wisdom and resilience of a grieving mother and her 30-year fight for justice.

The St Kilda Writers Centre @ The Laneway Artspace is honoured to welcome award-winning writer, Alana Valentine, to The Laneway Artspace for an inaugural St Kilda Writers Week unmissable one night only event. Signed copies of Alana’s books will be available to purchase on the night.

Strictly limited capacity, and bookings are essential.

‘A fascinating collage depicting Australian attitudes to grief, justice, celebrity, and to women who do not conform to expectations.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Exquisitely touching … detail upon detail is woven into a finely stitched masterpiece.’ Australian Stage

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