Authors: Thomas Keneally & Meg Keneally (Tom’s daughter)
Tom Keneally: Order of Australia.
Acclaimed Australian author of historical fiction, novelist, historian, screenwriter, playwright, essayist and professional international speaker.
Born in Australia in 1935. Tom’s first novel was published in 1964 and has written over fifty books and thirty novels. Both non-fiction & fiction. In March 2009, Prime Minister of Australia Mr. Kevin Rudd presented an autographed copy of Tom Keneally’s book ‘Lincoln’ to the 44th President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama as a gift.
Speaking topics/themes include, but not limited to:
- The business of writing: novel writing, processing & engaging the unconscious mind
- Historical fiction issues relevant today
- Topics of interest related to any publication or movie
Movies: Schindler’s List, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The Devil’s Playground, The Final Winter, Essington, Silver City.
Meg Keneally, journalist, author and speaker
Meg has worked as a public affairs officer, sub-editor, freelance feature writer, reporter and talk back radio producer. She is co-author with Tom Keneally in The Monsarrat Series. Meg Keneally’s first solo novel, Fled, was based on the escape of First Fleet convict Mary Bryant, was published in 2019 and has been optioned for film. She is currently working on her second solo novel, The Wreck, out in 2020.The Monsarrat Series: The Soldier’s Curse, The Unmourned,The Power Game and The Ink Stain. The first four books in the Monsarrat Series of historical murder mysteries. The fifth in the series, The Valley of the Swells (the first Monsarrat story to involve a serial killer), will be published in Australia in 2021.
Speaking themes-topics by Tom and Meg may include, but are not limited to:
- Press freedom – Today
- Female leadership and the resistance to it.
- Leadership generally, and conversely the pitfalls of herd behaviour
- Welfare and workers’ rights
- Inequality of opportunity
- Discrimination based on class, gender or race
- Media and reputation. What has changed, what hasn’t.
- Writing – the creative process. The how to’s and why not’s? The motivation, your motivation!
‘History shows us we may not have come as far as we think we have, and has lessons for us relating to various aspects of modern society’.
Speaking Engagements. Tom & Meg are based in Sydney N.S.W, both are are available for national and international speaking bookings, together or individually.
Duration: 1 x 60 mins. (approx 40 mins presentation and 20 mins Q&A)
A/V: To be provided. NB: Filming is subject to approval by The Keneally’s.
Meet and Greets: prior to commencement, strictly by request
Guest’s photo opportunities:TBA
NB: Books are available for purchase prior : gifts for VIP guests & delegates, please allow min 14 days for shipping etc.
The Monsarrat Series by Meg & Tom Keneally
- The Ink Stain
- The Soldiers Curse
- The Unmourned
- The Power Game
Books by Meg Keneally : Fled – Historical Fiction. Meg Keneally’s debut solo novel is an epic historical adventure based on the extraordinary life of convict Mary Bryant.
Highway robber. Convict. Runaway. Mother. She will do anything for freedom, but at what cost? Jenny Trelawney is no ordinary thief. Forced by poverty to live in the forest, she becomes a successful highwaywoman – until her luck runs out. Transported to Britain’s furthest colony, Jenny must tackle new challenges and growing responsibilities. And when famine hits the new colony, Jenny becomes convinced that those she most cares about will not survive. She becomes the leader in a grand plot of escape, but is survival any more certain in a small open boat on an unknown ocean?
Popular books by Tom Keneally
- A Country Too Far
- A Familiar Madness
- A River Town
- Abraham Lincoln – A Life
- American Scoundrel
- Angel In Australia, An
- Another Country – writers in detention
- Australians – Flappers to Vietnam series
- Bettany’s Book
- Blood Red Sister Rose
- Book of Science and Antiquities
- Bring Larks and Heroes
- By The Line
- Commonwealth Of Thieves, The
- Crimes of the Father
- Daughters Of Mars, The
- Eureka to the Diggers
- Flying Hero Class
- Gossip from the Forest
- Great Shame, The
- Homebush Boy
- Jacko The Great Intruder
- Napoleon’s Last Island
- People’s Train, The
- Place at Whitton, The
- Schindler’s Ark
- Searching For Schindler
- Season in Purgatory
- Shame and the Captives
- The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith
- The Office on Innocence
- The Peoples Train
- The Place at Whitton
- The Playmaker
- Three Cheers For The Paraclete
- Three Famines
- Timberlake Wertenbaker
- To Asmara
- Two Old Men Dying
- Tyrant’s Novel, The
- Victim of The Aurora
- Widow And Her Hero, The
- Woman of the Inner Sea
- Movies by Tom Keneally
- Schindler’s List
- The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
- The Devil’s Playground
- The Final Winter
- Silver City