One of Australia's best-known and most awarded writers, Tom Keneally, will speak at UNSW next month (Thursday, 8th October).

At an age when most writers have long put down the pen, Tom Keneally's intellectual curiosity and prodigious creativity have resulted in two new books - the much praised novel, The People's Train, about the strange, albeit true, story of a previously unknown Russian revolutionary who finds himself in the small, sleepy town of Brisbane; and The Australians: Origins to Eureka, the first of an ambitious three-part history, told in the voices and stories of those often found at the margins.

He is perhaps best known for Schindler's Ark, which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and became the basis of Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film Schindler's List. He has written 10 works of non-fiction, as well 27 works of fiction, including The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest and Confederates, all short-listed for the Booker Prize. He won the Miles Franklin Award for Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers for the Paraclete.

Join Tom in conversation with The Australian's literary critic, Geordie Williamson, as they talk about fact and fiction, history and literature, the past and the present, the writer and his readers and everything in-between at the second of UNSWriting's exciting NewSouthWriters Seminars.

Held on the second Thursday of every UNSW teaching month, the seminars aim to bring the best Australian writers and writing to the University, industry and wider communities in a fun and social setting. Those attending have the opportunity to ask questions and get copies of Keneally's books signed. There are free refreshments after the event.

What: NewSouthWriters Seminars - Tom Keneally in conversationWhen: 6pm for 6.30pm start, Thursday 8th OctoberWhere: NewSouth Global Theatre, Robert Webster Building

Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Professor Stephen Muecke. Media contact: Susi Hamilton, UNSW Media unit, 9385 1583 or 0422 934 024.