Meet the Intern: Sasha

What do you like to do when you’re not interning?

Watching The West Wing. Seriously. It consumes almost all my free time. (But also cooking for my friends, seeing movies, and reading).

If you could be any fictional character for a week, who would you be?

Miss Marple.

Why did you decide to intern?

I’d attended Melbourne Writers Festival for many years and volunteered at the Emerging Writers’ Festival while I completed my undergraduate degree in literature. Now that I’ve finished uni, I wanted to learn about the operation and administration of the festival side of Melbourne’s literary industry. That, and I thought there could be a long shot that I might meet Donna Tartt.

What’s one book everyone should read at some point in their life?

Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

Who would be your dream author to see at MWF?

Zadie Smith interviewed by Hilton Als.

What’s your most loved and most hated book-to- movie adaptation?

Joe Wright’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Atonement has actually been toppled from the top of my most-loved list in the last twelve months by Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of Andre Aciman’s novel Call Me by Your Name.  I have a weak spot for turbulent teenage fragility in picturesque locations. I don’t have a most-hated adaptation (though Hunger Games: Mockingjay wasn’t great), but I’m very nervous about the forthcoming 2019 adaptation of The Goldfinch; it’s one of my favourite books and Ansel Elgort better not screw it up.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo which left me speechless and I’ve now started, A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin, a biography of one of my favourite full-time authors part-time witch, Shirley Jackson.

How do you read books – print / ebooks / audiobooks?


If a literary villain had the power to escape the pages of the book they’re trapped in and take over the world, which villain do you think would be most likely to do so?

Madame Defarge would knit the names and behead the leaders of the free world without hesitation. Maybe we need her?

Favourite Australian author?

Chloe Hooper.

What’s a book you’ve read more times than any other?

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Running my own Melbourne-based production company that produces films from Australian writers and adaptations of Australian novels. Let’s get weird with Patrick White.

Find out more about Sasha’s favourite literary adaptations here.

Sasha has just completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University with Honours in Literature. She plans to develop this love for art and literature into a career in film production or food writing.