This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Steven Hawke to discuss his new novel The Valley, about a murder in the remote bush in 1916 that sparks a chain of events that will haunt a family for generations. Together they discuss the beauty of rural Australia and the importance of Australian fiction.
Podcast guest: Steve Hawke
Steve Hawke grew up in Melbourne but found his way to the Northern Territory and then to the Kimberley as a nineteen-year-old in 1978. Captivated by the country, the history and the people, he stayed for almost fifteen years working for Aboriginal communities and organisations. He now lives in the hills outside Perth, but continues his strong association with the Kimberley, returning most years. His writings on the Kimberley include Noonkanbah: Whose Land, Whose Law (1989), the children’s novel Barefoot Kids (2007), the play Jandamarra that premiered at the Perth International Arts Festival in 2008 and toured the Kimberley in 2011, and A Town Is Born: The Fitzroy Crossing Story(2013). The Valley is his first novel for adults.