David Malouf is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s finest writers – and a master of many forms, from poetry to plays, and novels to opera libretti. He has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
He is a magician at conjuring image, at transforming sensation into experience: perhaps this is why he works so superlatively in miniature.
His latest book, A First Place, is a collection of essays and personal writing, released to celebrate his 80th birthday. Covering geography, topography, history, multiculturalism, Brisbane and the idea of home, A First Place encapsulates the beauty and contradictions of contemporary Australia.
To celebrate David Malouf’s birthday and achievements, we’re hosting a retrospective of his poetry and short stories. Australia’s first lady of letters, Ramona Koval, will travel with David Malouf on a journey to the heart of Australian life.
David Malouf is the author of short story collections The Complete Stories (winner of the Australia Asia Literary Award), Dream Stuff and Every Move You Make, and of acclaimed novels including The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ and Miles Franklin Prizes) and Remembering Babylon (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award).
Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. Her most recent book is By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life, published by Text in November 2012. She presents The Monthly Book Podcast and blogs at ramonakoval.com.
She edited Best Australian Essays 2012, published by Black Inc. Books, and was the presenter of ABC Radio National’s The Book Show.