About the Tom Keneally Centre
Opened in 2011, the Tom Keneally Centre is a cultural hub, devoted to Australian literature and history. Forming Tom’s living legacy to Australia, it houses a collection of Tom’s books and ephemera that have significance to him and is the venue for writing master classes and other literary events. Tom is also in the process of writing notes the significance to him of the books in the collection — a formidable task that will provide a valuable resource.
Far from being an ‘ivory tower’, the Tom Keneally Centre is a living library. The books are on the shelves to be read — and SMSA members can borrow from the collection.
You don’t have to be a member to visit and explore — Everyone’s welcome!
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
from 10:30am to 2:30pm.
Level 3, 280 Pitt Street Sydney
About Meg Keneally
Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public afairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer. On returning to Australia, she joined The Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, covering everything from courts to crime to animals’ birthday parties at the zoo. She then joined Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer.
In 1997 Meg co-founded a financial service public relations company, which she sold after having her first child. For more than ten years Meg has worked in corporate affairs for listed financial services companies, and doubles as a part-time SCUBA diving instructor.
About Tom Keneally
Tom Keneally won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler’s Ark, later made into the Steven Spielberg Academy Award-winning film Schindler’s List. His non-fiction includes the memoir Searching for Schindler and Three Famines, an LA Times Book of the Year, and the histories The Commonwealth of Thieves, The Great Shame and American Scoundrel. His fiction includes Napoleon’s Last Island, Shame and the Captives, The Daughters of Mars, The Widow and Her Hero (shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award), An Angel in Australia and Bettany’s Book.
His novels The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers for the Paraclete won the Miles Franklin Award. The People’s Train was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia division.