Festival Program


For the Love of Dog

Sat 1 Sep, 2.30pm
Animal Church at 524 Flinders

As the Fauves wisely opined in their 1996 classic, dogs are the best people. Five writers unleash in the Animal Church to sing the praises of the canine. Featuring Tony Birch, Ali Cobby Eckermann, First Dog On The Moon, Peter Goldsworthy and Han Yujoo.

Update to previously advertised information: Peter Goldsworthy is no longer appearing in this event.

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


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.

Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Poet Ali Cobby Eckerman is the author of seven books, including the verse novel Ruby Moonlight, the poetry collection Inside my Mother and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry. In 2017 she was awarded Yale University's Windham Campbell Prize in Poetry.

Walkley Award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Guardian, National Treasure and bestselling author First Dog on the Moon has written and/or illustrated numerous books including the recent First Dog's Guide to Surviving the Impending Apocalypse. If not touring the nation with live stage shows, First Dog can be found lurking in Tasmania.

Jess McGuire is a writer and broadcaster. A former co-host on Triple R’s Breakfasters, she can be found weekly on 774 ABC Melbourne & 720 ABC Perth’s Drive show. She was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia and has written for assorted publications including Meanjin, Daily Life, and The Sunday Age. She also featured in the Women of Letters anthology, a collection published by Penguin Australia.

Han Yujoo’s (South Korea) debut novel The Impossible Fairytale, translated into English and French from Korean, is her fourth work after three previously published collections of short stories: To the Moon, Book of Ice, and My Left Hand the King, My Right Hand the King’s Scribe. Yujoo is currently working toward another master’s degree in comparative literature from Seoul National University.

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