Photo credit : ISAA (NSW BRanch)
Sue Steggall holding the French and Australian versions of Jean-François Vernay's potted literary history of the Australian novel.
The Independent Scholars of Australia Association organised, for their first event of 2011, "A Conversation with the Translator of The Great Australian Novel -- A Panorama". It was an adaptation of their usual "work-in-progress" events held 2 or 3 times a year - being a "finished work". It was held in Sue Steggall's home in Sydney and Sue, who had lived in France for several years and visits her family there every year, had read both versions. Sue and Marie Ramsland's conversation lasted about 90 minutes - "a most stimulating morning", according to the translator.