22 Feb ASALVets 2021 conference
ASALvets 2021: Finding the Port
The ASALvets plan to meet in Port Macquarie from the 10 – 14 May 2021. Port Macquarie was an early penal settlement with an interesting convict history, and has been important in the lives of many Australian writers. Convict writers James Hardy Vaux and James Tucker did time here, Annabella Boswell lived nearby, Louis Becke and Robert Gray were born in the town, and many other writers lived and wrote about the wider area including Henry Kendall, Les Murray and Kylie Tennant.
We welcome papers on any literary aspect of Port Macquarie and the regions north of Sydney. As well, there will be time to give brief presentations on current work in progress. We suggest Tennant’s Lost Haven as preparatory reading.
We have arranged accommodation and a conference room at Water’s Edge hotel http://www.watersedgeportmacquarie.com.au/ and activities will include a heritage walk through Port Macquarie, a river cruise and an excursion around the area with lunch at a winery. Macquarie has an airport, and is 400kms north of Sydney, 540 south of Brisbane.