Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka, educated in Melbourne and Paris, and lives in Sydney. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award for Questions of Travel.
Visit the world’s coolest bookstores … vicariously. Find out the origin of werewolves (and similar beast-human hybrids) around the world. Find out six things a debut author learned from being published. And celebrate Richard Flanagan’s longlisting for the Man Booker, for Narrow Road to the Deep North, and two wins: Kristina Olsson winning the Kibble for Boy, Lost and Kate Richards winning the Dobbie for Madness: A Memoir.
We talk to film and television writer Anthony Morris about being horribly opinionated for a living, why there’s no point worrying about whether your writing is good or bad once you’ve handed it in to be published, and why writers should ideally marry rich (or find someone willing to support them).
How do we achieve true diversity in the Australian media – and why is it important? Fatima Measham looks at the gap between the cultural make-up of Australia and of our media, and asks what we can do to close that gap, and make sure we have a wider variety of voices and experiences representing us.
Clem Bastow is a critic, comedian, and award-winning writer.
Justine Larbalestier is sick of reading reviews that assess books based on the ‘likeability’ of their characters. As someone who enjoys reading books about vile people she wouldn’t actually want to spend time with in real life, she explains why ‘likeability’ is not a requirement for good fiction.
Clare Wright is a historian who has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. She is the 2014 winner of the Stella Prize, for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka.
Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan is the writer/director/star of Appropriate Behavior, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
How has publishing changed since 1996, the time of My Salinger Year? Find out why tourists are visiting war zones for kicks. Meet the anarchist duo behind the 3D printable gun and other dangerous technologies. Liam Piper on Portugal’s decriminalisation of drugs for personal use. And look ahead at the ten most anticipated Australian books of the second half of 2014.
Josephine Rowe describes the way a bone-chilling Montreal winter seeps into her soul, making her writing life more intensely insular. She reflects on seeking solace from greats like Mavis Gallant.
We talk to debut novelist Silvia Kwon about what Holden Caulfield would be doing now, advice on writing from Neil Gaiman, and the struggle to approximate what’s in her head on the page – both the best and the worst parts of her job as a writer.
Optimism is not something we commonly associate with a life in politics, but recently retired Greens leader Bob Brown is an exception in more ways than one. His biographer, James Norman, reflects on Brown’s life and career – and his contribution to Australian life.
Cece Ojany joined PEN Melbourne in December 2012 as the organisation’s Writers-In-Prison Officer. Her poetry has featured in various festivals including the Dandenong Laneway Festival and Federation Square’s Light In Winter Festival.
The Wheeler Centre is Melbourne’s home for smart, passionate and entertaining public talks on every topic.
Across 200+ events each year, you’ll find some of our finest local and international thinkers and speakers, sharing their expertise, their imagination and their ideas.
The majority of events are free.
The Wheeler Centre is the centrepiece of the Victorian Government’s City of Literature initiative.
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