Festival Program

Highlight Event

Melbourne Masterclass: Emily Bitto

Mon 2 Sep, 6.30pm
University of Melbourne Forum Theatre, Arts West

Winner of the 2015 Stella Prize, Emily Bitto’s debut novel The Strays has been described ‘like a gemstone: polished and multifaceted, reflecting illuminations back to the reader and holding rich colour in its depths’. Amanda Johnson, senior lecturer in creative writing, interrogates its key themes – art, community, idealism – and discusses with Bitto.

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


1 hour 15 minutes

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Session Artists

Emily Bitto is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her debut novel, The Strays, was the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize.

Amanda Johnson is a prize-winning poet, author and artist and is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Melbourne where she teaches Poetry and Poetics, and Contemporary Eco-fictions.

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