Session 11 – Life After War

  • Mark-DapinMark-Dapin
  • Leah-KaminskyLeah-Kaminsky

Event Category: 2016 and SessionsEvent Tags: Clyde Room, Late Arvo, and Saturday

  • Authors Mark Dapin and Leah Kaminsky have both written about the impact of war. What their writing shares is how the ripple effect of war crosses generations and affects lives long after the conflict itself is over. Fiction and non fiction both provide vehicles for revealing truths that changes individual lives forever.
    Mark Dapin is currently a PhD candidate at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He has written about war in both fiction and non fiction forms. His fiction includes the novel R&R set during the Vietnam War and is a searing study of the violence that we do to others and ourselves. His novel The Spirit House was long­listed for the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award. It tells an intense story of the fall of Singapore and life as a Japanese POW, of the bonds of friendship and the bonds of grief, and of a young boy making sense of growing up while old men try to live with their past.
    His award winning non fiction title, The Nashos’ War dramatically deconstructs the folklore of Vietnam and national service by drawing on the accounts of more than 150 former national servicemen. Mark has also edited two collections of writings from those on the frontline of battle and those that served behind the scenes. From the Trenches is the definitive collection of World War One writing from Australia and New Zealand. The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing explores how the battlefield has shaped the way we define ourselves and includes the writings of Watkin Tench, AB Paterson, Martin Boyd, Patrick White and Kenneth Slessor.

    Leah Kaminsky is a physician and award­winning writer. Her debut fiction novel The Waiting Room is the story of Dina, a family doctor, who is living in the melting­pot city of Haifa, Israel. Born in a Jewish enclave of Melbourne to Holocaust survivors, Dina left behind a childhood marred by misery and the tragedies of the past to build a new life for herself in the Promised Land. But she finds her life falling apart beneath the demands of her eccentric patients, a marriage starting to fray, the ever­present threat of terrorist attack and the ghost of her mother, haunting her with memories that Dina would prefer to leave on the other side of the world.

    Facilitated by Suzanne Leal, author of Border Street, a novel exploring the war time experiences of a Czech couple and how the past changes us forever. Suzanne is a lawyer experienced in criminal and refugee law and a former legal commentator for ABC radio.

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