Chris Pash will be (2008) discussing the techniques used to write The Last Whale when giving a paper at The Art of the Real: National Creative Non-Fiction Conference at Newcastle University May 16-18.
The Art of the Real is presented by the Literature, Cinema, Culture Research Group, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle and the Hunter Writers’ Centre.
The paper will discuss the paths and techniques to gift the reader with immediacy, a sense of now, of being inside the heads of real people creating history, sharing thoughts, fears, joys, wins and losses — and to do all that with an accuracy true to the experience.
The Last Whale narrative follows action recreated from memory mining through interviews, plus official documents including police witness statements, diaries and letters.
The book, to be published by Fremantle Press in October 2008, is written from two viewpoints: anti-whaling activisits and whalers. The story follows a group of people as they plan and execute a dangerous at sea protest against Australia’s last whaling station in 1977.