(196) was born in England and since 1983 lives in Australia, where he works as a writer and journalist. he writes for amongst others the Sydney Morning Herald and Rolling Stone. Gilling lives on Tasmanaia, the former British penal colony. Although his presence their is not a punishment, he must, as an Englishman, have asked himself what the life of a prisoner was like then. His first novel Het andere kind (The other child) (2000), is proof of this reflection. Although the novel is fictitious, the writer puts himself in the shoes of different colonists. Het andere kind was internationally received with much enthusiasm and became a New York Times Notable Book. In 2003 his second novel De vlucht van Miles en Isabel (The escape of Miles and Isabel) appeared.
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With: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Antjie Krog, Chirikure Chirikure, Denise Jannah, Lasana M. Sekou, Michaël Zeeman, Nelleke Noordervliet, Putu Wijaya, Robert Menasse, Syahrial & Grup, Tessa Leuwsha, Tom Gilling, Zakes Mda
Before Winternachten starts with its major programme, the journalist and literary critic Michaël Zeeman gives his view on the theme of this year's festival: future and ideals. After this, writer Nelleke Noordervliet presents a varied programme with writers, poets and music. Foreign authors present themselves with a short reading, as a preview on their performance in the coming weekend. With writers from Suriname, Saint Martin, South-Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia, Austria, the USA and Indonesia, and music by the Sumatran group Syahrial & Grup and jazz singer Denise Jannah.
For years, the American writer, journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc observed families in the Bronx. For them it is hard to imagine a futre. Tom Gilling, from Australia, and LeBlanc will prophecy the future of their continent. Will Australia orientate on Asia, or on the western world? Moderated by Michaël Zeeman. English spoken.