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Remembering and acknowledging a creative life cut short
In February 2019, the literary community lost one of its brightest lights when Queensland born Andrew McGahan sucumbed to his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Friends, fans and family are invited to remember and pay tribute to Andrew McGahan at an evening to be hosted by Avid Reader Bookshop and renowned Brisbane pop author Nick Earls on Monday 2 September 2019 at the Greek Club in South Brisbane. It runs from 6pm-8pm.
Anrew McGahan Photo courtesy Booktopia
Who was Andrew McGahan?
Andrew McGahan shot onto the literary stage in 1995 with release of his ground breaking debut novel Praise. Set in Brisbane (largely New Farm), critics considered McGahan to have created a new genre of "grunge fiction" through this work: a somewhat dark love story about sex, drug addiction, low rent culture and alcohol, and being young in Australia in the 1990s.
He continued to be a prolific and successful writer of 12 published works including 1988, Last Drinks, a post-Fitzgerald novel which won the Ned Kelly Prize for crime writing, White Earth that won the Miles Franklin Award for Literature and The Ship of Kings series for children.
The cover of "Praise
In describing his writing process, he said,"The thing that comes first, and defines everything else about a novel, is the wanting to arouse a feeling in someone else, to share the pleasure that a particular book has given me by writing a book of my own that hopefully (while about some other subject entirely) gives others a similar pleasure."
About the Tribute In the last months of his 52 year life, McGahan worked feverishy to finish what would be his final novel The Rich Man's House. It seems only fitting that a tribute to Andrew McGahan will feature readings from this book by his peers - leading Brisbane authors including:
Matthew Condon Sam Wagan Watson Nick Earls
Kristina Olsson and
Guest Reader Nick Earls. Photo courtesy Australian Writers Centre
Tickets to the Andrew McGahan tribute are from $20 and available through Avid Reader here. If you love and appreciate books and the important role of authors, especially those as talented as Andrew McGahan, this is a chance to remember, revel, say thank you and goodbye.