INDIAN TEMPLE CULTURE THROUGH THE LENS OF A NOVELIST
HELEN BURNS in conversation with SALLY DELLOW
In her debut novel Andal’s Garland, an immersive story steeped in the traditions of ancient and contemporary South India, Helen Burns re-imagines the myth of an eighth-century Goddess intertwined with the life of a contemporary Western woman who discovers Andal’s songs.
How does a self-taught Australian writer tackle the complexities of writing across two very different cultures?
And why choose fiction for her exploration?
Join Helen, author of the Camino memoir The Way is a River of Stars, in conversation with Sally Dellow to discuss the joys and trials of her many visits over the course of seven years to one temple town in the deep south of Tamil Nadu (a town not mentioned in any Lonely Planet) and the solitary months of writing each time she returned to Australia.
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