Festival Program


Local Libraries: Sophie Cunningham

Sat 31 Aug, 2pm
St Kilda Library

Sophie Cunningham speaks about her thought-provoking City of Trees, a collection of essays addressing how we can take in our planet’s beauty while processing its losses. Linked together by the significance of trees, her stories explore travel, nature and human impact. With Jini Maxwell.


1 hour


Session Artists

Sophie Cunningham is a former publisher and the author of five books including City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest. She is a former editor of Meanjin, former chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and was a co-founder of The Stella Prize. She is an adjunct professor with RMIT's Non/fiction lab.

Jini Maxwell is an arts worker, poet and writer with a particular interest in interactive work. They are based in Birraranga, where they co-edit quarterly attack journal The Lifted Brow.

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