An international celebrity and gifted historian of best-selling books on Gallipoli, the Nile, Africa, Russia and numerous war campaigns, Australian Alan Moorehead's jetsetting life, glamourous affairs and string of achiev
An international celebrity and gifted historian of best selling books on Gallipoli, the Nile, Africa, Russia and numerous war campaigns, Australian Alan Moorehead's jetsetting life, glamourous affairs and string of achievements burned brightly during his lifetime: He was an inspiration to Robert Hughes and Clive James. And yet few Australian's know his name.
This is set to change for those who go to a highlight in the Woodend Winter Arts Festival Words and Ideas program - In search of Alan Moorehead, with Thornton McCamish and Stuart Kells.
In his book Our man elsewhere: In search of Alan Moorehead, journalist and writer McCamish delves into the past to reclaim this remarkable Australian story of a man who is better known internationally than he is today on his home soil.
Moorehead was born in Melbourne and went to school at Scotch College and University of Melbourne. While he travelled voraciously, he lived mostly in Italy and England, where he died in 1983
Moorehead was a charming adventurer who long after his period as a war correspondent ended (when he had super star status thanks to his reports published in UK newspapers) chased down his subject matter, and pursued his story arc and characters with equal energy. He was also a family man, who threw himself into the task of writing with workmanlike stamina and determination.
His body of work includes more than 20 books and countless articles and essays published in the leading journals, newspapers and magazines of the English-speaking world last century.
This event with McCamish and author and bookman Stuart Kells, is on the final day of the festival - Monday June 12 (3pm). It is not to be missed by those interested in the greats of Australian writing, the writing process, or key figures in Australian history who strode the global stage and made their mark.
The Woodend Winter Arts Festival is held over the Queen's Birthday long weekend - June 9-12 - with free fireworks on opening night at Buffalo Stadium in Woodend. Full details of the festival program and ticket purchases are available at www.woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au