Kristina Olsson, 25 March 2015

Kristina Olsson, 25 March 2015

ASAL Patrons Lecture, Toowoomba March 25 ‘Memory and Amnesia: The Art of Forgetting in Australian Memoir’ delivered by Kristina Olsson

5.30pm, March 25, 2015, Arts Theatre (A112) University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba.

Award-winning author Kristina Olsson will deliver this prestigious public lecture, followed by an open Q & A session. Having recently negotiated the fraught terrain of family secrets Kristina is intrigued by the nature of knowing. What do we know without knowing we do? How and why does the brain tuck certain kinds of knowledge away, and alchemise it into something that is safe for us to carry around? How was it that she and her siblings didn’t know about their missing brother, yet knew him the moment he stepped through the door?

More broadly Kristina ponders the Australian penchant for amnesia, and asks: how does the writer in Australia position herself in memoir, how does she make claims for the truth?

Free admission. Please register your intention to attend by emailing: [email protected]

A PDF is available: Olsson flyer.pdf