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City Program

Allee Richards: Small Joys of Real Life

Wed 8 Sep, 7pm
Online

Presented as part of the 2021 Melbourne City Reads initiative, this event will be streamed here by the Wheeler Centre.

Set in inner-city Melbourne, Allee Richards‘ just-released debut novel Small Joys of Real Life is already being described as a 21st-century Monkey Grip. Dealing with friendship, grief, self-absorption and desire, this contemporary work has been chosen as the inaugural title in the 2021 Melbourne City Reads initiative being supported by inner-city bookshops, the Wheeler Centre and the City of Melbourne. Join Richards as she discusses her novel, its diverse cast of characters and the choices that its twenty-something protagonist, Eva, must make to find joy and meaning in life, with ABC Radio Melbourne’s Jacinta Parsons.

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1 hour

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Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, writer, speaker and author of memoir Unseen: The secret life of chronic illness. She is an ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association of Australia. She currently hosts Afternoons on ABC Melbourne, delivering a popular mix of art, culture and ideas.

Allee Richards is a theatremaker and fiction writer from Melbourne. Her short stories have been published by Kill Your Darlings, Overland and Black Inc. Her debut novel, Small Joys of Real Life, was shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and is now out with Hachette.

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