Airdate: Books That Made Us

Claudia Karvan explores the stories that have shaped our nation's identity in a new ABC series.

In November Claudia Karvan embarks on a literary adventure to explore the stories that have shaped our nation’s identity.

Books That Made Us is a three-part documentary produced by Blackfella Films, with author and critic interviews.

In a ‘who’s who’ of Australian storytelling, Claudia meets some of our most beloved and brilliant writers, finds out their secrets, and experiences Australia through the place, its people and the power of our stories.

From Booker Prize winners to best-selling authors and writers who have penned seminal stories, Claudia meets Richard Flanagan, Alexis Wright, Helen Garner, Tim Winton, David Malouf, Kate Grenville, Christos Tsiolkas, Thomas Keneally, Liane Moriarty, Trent Dalton, Kim Scott, and Melissa Lucashenko.

Delving into this magical collection of books, Claudia discovers the stories behind the stories, the workings of the writers’ imaginations and their motivation to write novels that have been shaped by Australia and, in turn, shaped this country.

Some of the nation’s finest critics and creative minds, including Tim Minchin and Annabel Crabb, dissect these great stories, offering insights and understanding. Subtly woven throughout is the context and social history, the backdrop to when and why these novels were written.

From the Sydney Writers’ Festival to kayaking in the wilds of Tasmania, from Brisbane’s Boggo Road Gaol to a First Nations writing and language workshop in Western Australia, Claudia travels the country in search of Australia’s great writing and the story of who we are.

Production credit: 3 x 60mins A Blackfella Films production. Developed and produced in association with the ABC. Production funding from Screen Australia. Produced with the assistance of Film Victoria. Presented and narrated by Claudia Karvan. Series Producer and Writer: Jacob Hickey. Producer: Darren Dale. ABC Executive Producer: Kalita Corrigan.

Tuesday 23 November at 8.30pm on ABC.

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