“Man is a bird without wings, and a bird is a man without sorrows.” Iskander the Potter.

Author of Birds Without Wings, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and the new The Dust That Falls From Dreams,  Louis de Bernières, is giving the Opening Night Address at the Melbourne Writers Festival tomorrow night (Thursday August 20).

Birds Without Wings was one of the first books I read about Turkey and the aftermath of the First World War. It remains one of my favourite novels and I recall Russell Crowe saying that he read it before we began working on The Water Diviner. It paints the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire as well as the relationships between friends and lovers in a Turkish village poignantly and poetically.

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We also shot The Water Diviner in the abandoned village of Kayakoy, near Fethiye in Turkey, a place that inspired de Bernières‘ epic.

Hosgeldiniz! Welcome Louis!

Details for the Writers Festival Opening event at the Melbourne Town Hall are here. Tickets are selling fast!