Book Clubs

Get up close and personal with Festival authors as you dissect their book club picks with just twenty guests.

Book Club

Book Club: Julian Burnside

Sat 7 Sep, 8pm
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Human rights lawyer Julian Burnside interrogates his favourite book, Kurt Vonnegut’s bestselling and darkly comic anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.

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Book Club: Judith Lucy

Fri 6 Sep, 6pm
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Prepare for ‘vistas of gruesome violence’ as you dig deep into Cormac McCarthy's 1985 classic ‘anti-western’ Blood Meridian with Judith Lucy.

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Book Club: Nazeem Hussain

Sat 31 Aug, 8pm
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Irreverent comedian Nazeem Hussain shares his thoughts on one of his favourite novels, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

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Book Club: Daniel Mallory Ortberg

Sat 7 Sep, 6pm
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Barbara Pym's famous work Excellent Women speaks to brilliant comedy writing and satire. Daniel Mallory Ortberg wants to crack it open.

Melbourne Masterclasses

Sit down with Australian literary luminaries in this special in-conversation series.

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Melbourne Masterclass: Alexis Wright

Sat 31 Aug, 6.30pm
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Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book touches on themes of love, climate change and displacement. She discusses the work with Denise Varney.

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Melbourne Masterclass: Maria Tumarkin

Thu 5 Sep, 6.30pm
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Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic has won critical praise. Justin Clemens explores its poise and integrity, then joins her to talk.

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Melbourne Masterclass: Emily Bitto

Mon 2 Sep, 6.30pm
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Amanda Johnson interrogates the key themes of Emily Bitto’s debut novel The Strays – art, community, idealism – and discusses with the author herself.

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Melbourne Masterclass: Arnold Zable

Sat 7 Sep, 6.30pm
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Sara Wills examines the Sea of Many Returns’ themes of displacement, nostalgia and exile before exploring them with author Arnold Zable.

Workshops

Get into the nitty-gritty of creative practice with authors who have experienced it first-hand.

Workshop

Workshop: Poetry and Performance

Sun 1 Sep, 10am
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Bankstown Poetry Slam Slambassador Sara Saleh teaches how to craft and perform commanding lyrical verses and find power in your voice.

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Amal Awad shares how to write fiction that positions the personal and political as catalysts for storytelling.

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Journalism faces a challenging market. Former magazine editor Andreas Harsono shares his expertise in planning and structuring long-form narrative.

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Workshop: Shame and Truth in Memoir

Sat 31 Aug, 2.30pm
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Award-winning writer Kristina Olsson (Boy, Lost) shares how to navigate and bridle shame and truth when writing about your past.