Closing Night: Tell Me How It EndsSun 12 Sep, 5.30pm
In a gala event to cap the 35th Melbourne Writers Festival, an all-Victorian line-up comes together to deliver addresses on this year’s theme, Tell Me How It Ends. Closing the curtain with not a whimper but a resounding bang, they touch on everything from the end of days to the end of empire to the ways in which unhappy endings can be fresh starts in disguise. Celebrating the heritage and future of our City of Literature, join Evelyn Araluen, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Patricia Cornelius, Nayuka Gorrie, Chloe Hooper, Shaun Tan and Maria Tumarkin for an unmissable Closing Night.
Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland literary journal. Born and raised on Dharug Country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation.
Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of over 10 books, including the critically acclaimed childhood memoir The Hate Race, the ABIA award-winning fiction collection Foreign Soil, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award-winning poetry collection Carrying the World, and her newly released picture book When We Say Black Lives Matter.
Patricia Cornelius, a founding member of Melbourne Workers Theatre, is a playwright, novelist and film writer. She’s a Windham-Campbell Literature Prize recipient. Her plays have won her 11 AWG awards and the Green Room Lifetime Achievement award. They include In the Club, SHIT, Savages, Do Not Go Gentle and RUNT.
Nayuka Gorrie is a Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri, and Yorta Yorta writer. Gorrie’s work explores black, queer and feminist politics. In 2018, they were named a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter recipient, and are currently working on a book of essays.
Chloe Hooper is a novelist and non-fiction writer. Her first novel, A Child’s Book of True Crime, became a New York Times Notable Book, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her non-fiction, including The Tall Man and The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire, have won literary awards and been widely published internationally.
Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and works as an artist, writer and filmmaker in Melbourne. He is best known for illustrated books that deal with social and historical subjects through dream-like imagery, widely translated throughout the world and enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists; and she has had her work carved into dockside tiles. She is the author of four books of ideas. The latest, Axiomatic, won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Best Writing Award.