Featuring Adam Courtenay, author of The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter

Library members and residents will have the opportunity to hear from Sydney-based writer and journalist Adam Courtenay during a virtual Author Talk hosted by Parkes Shire Library.

The Author Talk will be streamed live on Facebook on Friday 22nd May at 6pm - a first for Parkes Shire Library.

Adam Courtenay, who has had a long career in the UK and Australia, writing for papers such as the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review, will discuss his latest book, The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter. His previous book was The Ship That Never Was.

You may have heard of the expression: "You've got Buckley's". It derives from convict William Buckley who lived with the Wadawurrung tribe in western Victoria for 32 years. Buckley lost his English language but came out of the wilderness alive. Using the local language, he helped to establish the infant colony of Melbourne in 1835. It's a story of survival over the odds.

The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter is a microcosm of Australian colonial history, setting John Batman's unbridled ambition against Buckley's yearning to keep his adopted people alive.  It is about betrayal, double-dealing and one-upmanship, but also about conciliation and cross-cultural exchange.  Above all it is the story of love - the love of one man for a people Buckley knew would be scattered and displaced.

Manager Cultural Education and Library Services, Kerryn Jones said "With many of our face-to-face activities temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, our staff have been busy working behind the scenes to ensure we can continue to deliver some of our popular programs and events online."

To watch the live Author Talk with Adam Courtenay, head to the Event on Parkes Shire Library's Facebook page. You don't need to have a log in with Facebook to watch. Viewers will be able to make comments and ask questions via the comments section.

Please RSVP to this free online event by clicking 'going' on the Facebook Event page.

For more information, contact Parkes Library on 6861 2309 or email library@parkes.nsw.gov.au.