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Sir Christopher Ondaatje OC, CBE

Page last published: 04 Mar 2011

CO2Full_page_photo_webPublisher, explorer, Olympian, financier and philanthropist Sir Christopher Ondaatje will shortly become Macquarie University’s writer in residence.

The writer in residence program invites renowned writers to  the university to share their knowledge, experience and expertise with the university community and in return they find they are able to use the period of time to further their own writing projects.

Sir Christopher’s period at Macquarie will offer him an introduction to our country and continent. He will be engaged in a writing project about Australia, and engage with our students, staff and visitors to share his literary talent and varied experiences.

After a program of lectures, screenings and Q&A sessions in late March and early April 2011, Sir Christopher will deliver the Occasional Address at the Faculty of Arts Graduation on April 13th 2011.

There will also be talks about several of his books for students and staff during his stay. Sir Christopher’s publications include:

  • Olympic victory: The story behind the Canadian Bob-Sled Club's incredible victory at the 1964 Winter Olympic Games (1967)
  • The Prime Ministers of Canada, 1867-1967 (1968)
  • Leopard in the Afternoon - An Africa Tenting Safari (1989)
  • The Man-eater of Punanai - a Journey of Discovery to the Jungles of Old Ceylon (1992)
  • Sindh Revisited: A Journey in the Footsteps of Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (1996)
  • Journey to the Source of the Nile (1999)
  • Hemingway in Africa : The Last Safari (2004)
  • Woolf in Ceylon: An Imperial Journey in the Shadow of Leonard Woolf, 1904-1911 (2005)
  • The Power of Paper: A History, a Financial Adventure and a Warning (2007)
  • The Glenthorne Cat and other amazing leopard stories (2008)
  • The Last Colonial (At press)
More information about Sir Christopher, his lectures and the writer in residence program can be found at