Festival Program

City Program

Left Behind

Sun 12 Sep, 12pm
State Library Victoria, Create Quarter

Join two of the year’s most impressive debut novelists, Sophie Overett and Emily Spurr, as they talk about capturing the confusion, grief and resilience of characters grappling with the disappearance of loved ones. Overett won the Penguin Literary Prize for The Rabbits, a magic-realism-infused story of a family grieving the disappearance of a son, who they soon learn has turned invisible. Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award, Spurr’s A Million Things is the enthralling and wrenching tale of a brave, spiky young girl who must fend for herself in her mother’s absence. With Elizabeth Flux.


1 hour


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Elizabeth Flux is a freelance writer and editor at large for the Melbourne City of Literature Office. Her nonfiction work includes essays, interviews and feature articles, and her fiction has been widely published, including in New Australian Fiction 2020, Collisions, Best Australian Stories, and The Big Issue Fiction Edition.

Sophie Overett is an award-winning writer, podcaster and cultural producer based in Melbourne. Her stories have been published around the world, and her podcast, Lady Parts, explores women in genre cinema. Her debut novel, The Rabbits, is now out with Penguin Australia.

Emily Spurr is the author of A Million Things. Shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, A Million Things is her first novel. Originally from Tasmania, Emily lives in Melbourne's inner west.

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