Uluru-based luxury resort Longitude 131º is hosting an enriching and intimate weekend with prolific Australian author Thomas Keneally. During the three-day event from July 9-11, Keneally will share his inimitable stories, style and experiences with 28 guests and help you re-connect with Australia’s outback and rich cultural history. By Liz Schaffer

Writing under the stars with Australian living treasure Thomas Keneally is part of an innovative programme of events allowing Longitude 131º guests to meet high-profile Australians. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the dual world heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The weekend also includes dinner under the stars at Table 131º, hosted by Thomas Keneally himself and featuring quintessentially modern Australian cuisine.

Keneally’s captivating writing and storytelling sessions are designed to uncover your creativity and literary prowess, while his tales of small country towns and astounding outback life are bound to inspire.

The Longitude 131º Indigenous Artist in Residence will also introduce you to the intricate art of dot painting, which depicts a world of camouflage, beauty and ritual. The unique style is recognised globally as being integral to Australian Aboriginal art, yet we still have much to learn about its history and meaning. By taking home your own creation you may be able to spread your newfound knowledge.

The weekend also includes dinner under the stars at Table 131º, hosted by Thomas Keneally himself and featuring quintessentially modern Australian cuisine. If it wasn’t for the luxurious tented accommodation offered at the eco-chic Longitude 131°, the desire to write and eat all night might just prove too overwhelming.

During his extensive story telling and writing session, Keneally will demonstrate how to creatively draw from personal experiences when writing short stories and discuss how the outback and Indigenous Australia inspires his own writing.

Writing under the stars with Australian living treasure Thomas Keneally is priced at $4920 for two people sharing a five star luxury tent. This includes all meals, selected beverages, the story-telling and writing session, an exclusive tour programme, entrance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and return Ayers Rock Airport transfers. It really is the ideal luxury, literary escape.

Details // Writing under the stars with Australian living treasure Thomas Keneally
Where // Longitude 131°
When // June 9 – 11, 2010
Contact // www.longitude131.com.au