Festival Program


Alexis Wright: Boisbouvier Oration

Wed 29 Aug, 6.30pm
Deakin Edge, Fed Square

What is the power and purpose of literature? Alexis Wright, the only author to win both the Miles Franklin Award (Carpentaria) and the Stella Prize (Tracker), examines this question in her lecture as the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian literature at The University of Melbourne.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.

Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Tony Birch is the author of Shadowboxing, Father’s Day, Blood, The Promise, Ghost River and Common People. His new novel, The White Girl, will be released in 2019. He has been awarded major literary prizes in Australia, including the Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize, the Melbourne Literature Prize and the Patrick White Literary Award for 2017. Birch is also a professorial research fellow, publishing on climate change, climate justice and Indigenous ecological knowledge.

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria and the author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book. Her most recent book, Tracker, was awarded the 2018 Stella Prize. She holds the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne.

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