Uncle Jack Charles to visit Hawkesbury Central Library

Hawkesbury Library Service is thrilled to be presenting an author talk with Aboriginal Elder and one of Australia’s finest and most beloved actors, Uncle Jack Charles. Uncle Jack will discuss his candid memoir Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella, on Wednesday, 4 September at Hawkesbury Central Library.

Uncle Jack has worn many hats throughout his life: actor, cat burglar, musician, heroin addict, activist, even Senior Victorian Australian of the Year. But the title he’s most proud to claim is that of Aboriginal Elder.

Stolen from his mother and placed into institutional care when he was only a few months old, Uncle Jack was raised under the government’s White Australia Policy. The loneliness and isolation he experienced during those years had a devastating impact on him that endured long after he reconnected with his Aboriginal roots and discovered his stolen identity. Even today he feels like an outsider; a loner; a fringe dweller.

From his sideline as a cat burglar, battles with drug addiction and stints in prison, to gracing the nation’s stages and screens as he dazzled audiences with his big personality and acting prowess, his memoir takes us through the most formative moments of his life. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella is a candid and uplifting memoir.

Copies of Uncle Jack's book will be available for purchasing and signing on the day. Tea and coffee provided.

Bookings are essential via www.hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com or call 4560 4460.

The free talk will be held at Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor, on Wednesday, 4 September, 11am to 12.30pm, with doors opening at 10:30am for tea and coffee. The talk will be followed by a book signing.

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