Don Watson: The Passion of Private White (SWF) [Sydney]
Don Watson: The Passion of Private White (SWF) [Sydney]

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Saturday May 27, 2023
1:00 PM


Bay 20, Carriageworks
245 Wilson St
Sydney, New South Wales 2015

Auslan Interpreter/s

Alyssa Haigh & Will Tapp

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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One of the great Australian writers, Don Watson has done much to hold a mirror up to the nation. His latest title, The Passion of Private White, tells the true story of an anthropologist and Vietnam veteran, Neville White who has devoted fifty years to the Yolngu clans of the Donydji homeland in north-east Arnhem Land; at once mapping and recording their culture, law, lands and languages and helping them build a successful community – one precariously poised between their traditions and European ideology and institutions. Don speaks with Laura Tingle about his storied career and his new book, which brings unique insight into the deep past and the troubled present.

Auslan Stage Left extends thanks to Sydney Writers’ Festival for ongoing support of Auslan access! 

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