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Shahrazad in Cronulla
Dr David Foster
Tuesday 22 April 2008
5.30 pm
Conference Room, free

In summer 2005, North Cronulla Beach became the focus of world media attention when a rally held to demonstrate local unease at perceived anti-social behaviour by Australians of ‘middle-eastern’ heritage degenerated into a series of mob confrontations in Cronulla and other Sydney suburbs. Novelist David Foster has been writing from a studio on Cronulla Point for more than 20 years and he was present during the breakdown. Foster will give his views on the origins of the riot and discuss his novel-in-progress ‘Shahrazad’, in which he is rewriting the frame-tale of the Arabian Nights to illuminate what he considers a crucial flashpoint of our times: Islamic man versus modern secular Western woman.

Dr David Foster is a Miles Franklin Award winning novelist.

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