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Brendan Cowell in conversation


Please note: This event is now being held online.

Join us for an evening with Asher Keddie and Brendan Cowell in conversation.

Cowell’s novel, Plum is a novel about men, about footy, about the beauty of words and the healing nature of poetry, but mostly it’s about what it takes to be a decent human being after the final whistle has blown and all you’re left with is yourself. It tells the story of Peter ‘The Plum’ Lum, a 48-year-old ex-star NRL player who lives with his son and girlfriend in Cronulla. Some would say that Plum is living the Australian Dream. until he discovers that he has a brain disorder as a result of the thousand-odd head knocks and concussions he suffered on the footy field. Plum embarks on a reluctant journey of self-care and self-discovery, which is not so easy when all you’ve ever known is to go full tilt at everything. On top of this, he keeps running into dead poets everywhere. And so, with spectral visits from Bukowski, Plath and Whitman, the friendship of local misfits, and the prospect of new love, Plum might just be able to save his own life.

This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.

Please book here.

Attendees will be sent a promo code to claim $5 off the price of the book when they book their ticket. This code will be valid until 24 hours after the event has ended. When purchasing in store, simply mention the discount code or show your digital ticket at the counter to receive the discount.

How to ‘attend’ a virtual event at Readings

This event commences online at 6.30pm using the video conferencing platform Zoom.

To book for this event, you must provide your email address.

To ensure the Zoom event stays private, participants will be emailed a unique zoom link and a password 30 minutes before the event begins on the day of the event. Please check your email.

All bookings for online events will be closed one hour before the event begins.

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