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Tangent: The Boy Who Talked To Dogs - 1 February, 6pm

A Childhood Lost


Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

– WB Yeats, The Stolen Child

Every day around the world, children endure some of the harshest experiences life affords, including famine, perilous migration journeys as refugees, forced labour and homelessness. For Martin McKenna, whose autobiographical story has inspired The Boy Who Talked to Dogs, childhood hardship included running away from home as a 13 year old boy in Limerick, Ireland. On the run, he forged a new family with a pack of stray dogs whose companionship maintained him through a remarkable journey that ultimately led him back to society.

As adults, we mourn the childhood innocence lost through hard life experiences. We wonder at the resilience required in the young to protect themselves when the institutions and structures of care fail around them.

Join us for the Tangent Talk for The Boy Who Talked to Dogs, where a panel of artists, psychologists and academics will explore the nature of childhood resilience; the role of creativity and the imagination as ways to interpret and negotiate hardship and the current situation of homelessness among children in South Australia.


Date: Monday, 1 February 2021

Time: Arrive at 5:30pm for a 6pm start. The talk will conclude at 7pm.

Location: Bradley Forum (Level 5, Hawke Building, UniSA City West campus, 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide)

Tickets: $10


Tangent is presented by State Theatre Company in association with University of South Australia’s School of Management.