Friends of the Library author event with Stephen Orr

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with Stephen Orr on Thursday 21 April at 6:00 for a 6:30pm start in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library.

stephen-orr2the handsCome along and join Stephen as he discusses his latest novel: The Hands: An Australian pastoral. Set on a cattle station that stretches beyond the horizon, seven people are trapped by their history and the need to make a living. But the drought is winning. And one day, on the way to town, an accident changes everything. The Hands is award-winning novelist Stephen Orr’s fifth novel. It is a gritty, literary exploration of the everyday life of a contemporary Australian family, a topical story about isolation and the ever deepening debt that so many farmers are facing in Australia.


Stephen Orr is a celebrated South Australian author whose award-winning novels have won critical acclaim internationally and at home. Peter Goers has called him South-Australia’s finest novelist. His career started with the Vogel runner-up, Attempts to Draw Jesus, a novel suggested by the disappearance of two jackaroos in the Great Sandy Desert. It continued with Hill of Grace, a re-imagining of the life of William Miller, whose apocalyptic views led to the birth of the Seventh Day Adventists. Time’s Long Ruin was a coming-of-age story about nine-year-old Henry Page, a precocious boy whose life changes one summer in the early 1960s. An opera based on this story will premiere in 2017.

An original and sometimes controversial thinker. Stephen also contributes essays and articles to many publications, on themes literary, historical and topical. He works as a teacher, and enjoys visiting the homes of literary greats around the world.

Bookings by Tuesday 19 April to:

Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public
$5 admission

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