Festival Program

Highlight Event

Melbourne Masterclass: Alexis Wright

Sat 31 Aug, 6.30pm
University of Melbourne Forum Theatre, Arts West

In each Melbourne Masterclass session, an expert host will give their take on a chosen book, drawing out key themes and ideas. Then, the author themselves will join the host for a conversation and audience Q&A.

Shortlisted for multiple gongs, including the Miles Franklin Literary Award and Stella Prize, Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book touches on themes of love, climate change and displacement. Australian Centre co-director Denise Varney gives her take on this work, then joins Wright to discuss its key ideas.

All hosts and authors included in this series are either alumni or current academic staff of the Faculty of Arts.

Presented in partnership with the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne


1 hour 15 minutes

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Session Artists

Professor Denise Varney is Professor of Theatre Studies and co-director of the Australian Centre in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, where she has also served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

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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