Festival Program


Boisbouvier Oration: Publishing from the Provinces

Wed 4 Sep, 6.30pm
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Literary publishing in Australia is inherently provincial — it occupies an outlying territory, unknown to most readers, which is fiercely independent in its character and values. Ivor Indyk, Giramondo publisher and Whitlam Professor at Western Sydney University, explores its contours in this special event. Following the oration, he will be joined by award-winning author Alexis Wright, Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature, to discuss the current state of Australia’s literary landscape and how we can encourage new Australian voices to join the conversation.

Supported by the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Ivor Indyk is director of Giramondo Publishing, and Whitlam Professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. He was the founding editor of HEAT, and co-founder of the Sydney Review of Books. He has written on many aspects of Australian literature, art, architecture and literary publishing.

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book, and three works of nonfiction: Take Power, Grog War and Tracker. Wright is the only author to win both the Miles Franklin Award (in 2007 for Carpentaria) and the Stella Prize (in 2018 for Tracker).

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