Ideas for 26 January 2014
To focus attention on what he called "one of the central moral issues of our time", prolific Australian author Thomas Keneally last year edited and contributed to A Country Too Far - Writings on Asylum Seekers. It's a collection of works by 27 Australian writers (and one New Zealander, Stephanie Johnson). Many of Keneally's novels deal with the upheaval of war, poverty and emigration - including the experience of his own Irish ancestors. He won worldwide acclaim and the Man Booker Prize for Schindler's Ark, which was later made into a Hollywood blockbuster, Schindler's List. Thomas Keneally is in New Zealand in March for the New Zealand Festival Writers Week.