Experience literature in a new way through Nora's Corner, a stunning installation inspired by Tirra Lirra by the River. Drawing inspiration from the text and the passionately evoked Queensland setting, multi award winning local designer Anna Spiro has created a bespoke hub, Nora's Corner, for Brisbane Writers Festival.
Join us at State Library of Queensland to experience this beloved literary work brought to life. At Nora's Corner you can catch up with friends between sessions, enjoy free craft activities and soak up the Festival atmosphere. Keep an eye out for special a special session to be held in Nora's Corner - we'll be presenting actors giving poetry readings inspired by the novel. Details will be available soon.
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Come along between 5pm and 6pm on Thursday 5 September to enjoy free craft activities, music and much more.
About Tirra Lirra by the River and Jessica Anderson
In 1978 Jessica Anderson was awarded the Miles Franklin for her fourth novel, Tirra Lirra by the River. Since its publication, it has gone on to become a classic of Australian literature.
It tells the story of Nora Porteous, a woman in her seventies who returns to Queensland childhood home after years spent living in London. Nora, a successful dressmaker, reflects on the events of her life that have lead her back to where she started. Through lyrical prose, Jessica Anderson describes the rich and textured inner life of a woman who has sought and found independence.
With grace and humor, Nora recounts her desire to escape, the way her marriage went wrong, the vanity that drove her to get a facelift, and one romantic sea voyage that has kept her afloat during her dark years. Her memory is imperfect, but the strength and resilience she shows over the years is nothing short of extraordinary.
Jessica Anderson was born in Queensland in 1916 and began writing novels at the age of 40. Since then she has received many awards for her work. Twice she has won the prestigious Miles Franklin award, for Tirra Lirra By the River in 1978 and for The Impersonators in 1980. The Impersonators also won the New South Wales Premier's Award in 1981.
In addition to writing seven novels (the most recent of which is One of the Wattle Birds), her collection of short stories, Stories From the Warm Zone, won the Age Book of the Year Award in 1987.
About Anna Spiro
"I’ve always had a wild imagination. Since I was very young, I have immersed myself in all things creative. As I think about the early days of my life, I realise I was always meant to do what I am doing today. Being born into a home where beauty and creativity surrounded me, I was given a gift and that is to be able to bring beauty, comfort and happiness into the homes and lives of others."
"The Tirra Lirra Hub installation is an artistic representation of certain aspects of Nora’s remarkable life. With the use of fabrics, furniture, pattern, colour and texture we will create a room that is a reflection of her creative world."
Anna is one of Australia’s most lauded design icons. Her works include a mix of residential and commercial projects – including restaurant interiors for the acclaimed Howard Smith Wharves development.Nora's Corner is made possible through the generous support of the Taylor family.
Top image: Anna Spiro | Gallery images: Anna Spiro Design Bottom right image: Jessica Anderson