Geraldine Brooks ‘A Home in Fiction’
Boyer Lectures 2011: ‘The Idea of Home’, Lecture 4 Broadcast 11 December 2011
Speaker: Geraldine Brooks
Audience: Immediate audience, those listening to the Boyer Lectures. These lectures are broadcast on the ABC's Radio National on Sunday afternoons. The topics include "the latest in science, books and publishing, religion, social history, the arts and current affairs." (Radio National "About Page" http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/about/ ) The audience is hence an intelligent and well-informed audience with an interest in the above areas. For Brooks' lecture, those who are lovers of fiction and those who seek to be familiar with recent intellectual/academic ideas.
The purpose of the Radio National (and Boyer Lectures as part of this program) is outlined on the website - "RN's vision and purpose is to nurture the intellectual and cultural life of this country, and to be a vital element of the contemporary Australian conversation."
Speech purpose: To convey how mathematics is like poetry and the role of fiction writers in contributing to the national dialogue. Her lecture also reflects on her life in journalism and as a fiction writer, and how she goes about the creative writing process.
Focuses on literary notions and the process of creating fiction
Watch the above video on Brooks, being interviewed by Jennifer Byrne. What does this tell you about her context?