Carnarvon to Narrabri: a literary journey

As a Big Skies Collaborator, novelist and documentary maker Tracy Sorensen will visit the Paul Wild Observatory and other sites on our Inland Astro-Trail to research a short literary work. She’ll creatively reflect on the astro-links between the northwest of New South Wales and her childhood home in Western Australia’s northwest, which inspired her first novel.

Book trailer for Tracy’s novel   The Lucky Galah (Picador 2018). Drone footage by Ben Teo; other images by Tracy Sorensen and Steve Woodhall. “Astronaut heartbeat data” was filmed at the Space Museum in Carnarvon, WA.

Tracy visits Carnarvon’s ‘Dish’ on the site of the tracking station which played an important role in the Apollo 11 moon mission.

The Lucky Galah is a novel about fate. About Australia. About what it means to be human. It just happens to be narrated by a galah called Lucky.

For more on Carnarvon’s role in the Apollo 11 moon landing, visit the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum.

Credits: Top photo, one of the six dishes of CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array at the Paul Wild Observatory near Narrabri. Photo by Merrill Findlay, May 2016. My thanks to ATCA staff for introducing me to their observatory.

Page created by Merrill Findlayn 21 June 2018.



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