ENTHRALLING: Robert Drewe had the crowd captivated at the launch of his new book, Grace, at the Byron Bay Writers Festival yest
ENTHRALLING: Robert Drewe had the crowd captivated at the launch of his new book, Grace, at the Byron Bay Writers Festival yest

Author enthrals writers fest crowd

By HANNAH ROSS

FORGET food, sex or war. When it comes to motivating forces, protection of one's territory is top of the list for man and beast alike.

Such is the view of iconic Australian author and new North Coast resident Robert Drewe, who has explored the theme in his latest book Grace.

Five years in the writing, Grace was launched yesterday at the Byron Bay Writers Festival by actor William McInnes, who played Robert Drewe's father in the ABC production of Drewe's book The Shark Net.

Drewe said as the years advanced and Grace was still at manuscript stage, 'the here and the now kept changing'.

"We forget how quickly life has changed over the past five years thanks to the effect of terrorism. The book became a socially-engaged novel while I was writing."

Drewe said his thoughts on the issue of territory occurred to him while on a trip to Africa watching the behaviour of the wild animals.

"Territory is what drives all species. And species are always under threat from their own kind more than from others. There is always a squabble going on over the back fence," he said.



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