Great Sertão: Meanderings: talk, workshop and Brazilian music

FREE EVENT – REGISTER NOW (Sunday 4 December 2022 – 1-5pm) at Mattie Furphy House

An afternoon celebration of the work of Brazilian writer João Guimarães Rosa, literary translation, creative writing and Brazilian music.

In 1965 João Guimarães Rosa published Grande Sertão: Veredas, Brazil’s most iconic work of literature, written in a blend of backlands dialect and made-up language. The award-winning Australian literary translator Alison Entrekin is working on a new English-language translation of this literary masterpiece with the support of the Itaú Cultural and the Australia Council.

Join Alison for a talk on this most innovative of writers, and then get creative in a “transcreation” workshop (translation + creative writing), in which participants recreate passages of this work in English. No knowledge of Portuguese is required and support materials will be provided.

Afterwards, enjoy a late-afternoon snack and take in the beautiful woodland setting of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA’s Mattie Furphy House as the award-winning Juliana Areias performs Brazilian music.

Juliana Areias says: “One of the most astonishing books of Brazilian literature “Grande Sertao: Veredas” by superstar author Guimarães Rosa is about to gain a new translation by superstar Australian translator Alison Entrekin – and guess what, if you are in Perth on Sunday 4th December, you will have a rare opportunity to spend a delicious afternoon with her and be transported to Guimarães Rosa land. I will be there, experiencing every moment of her talk and workshop and singing at the end of it as well! Free event. Make your reservation at eventbrite. Event link also available at my website: . Thank you The Brazilian Embassy in Canberra for supporting the arts and cultural exchange between Brazil and Australia”.

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