Festival Program

Highlight Event

Melbourne Masterclass: Emily Bitto

Mon 2 Sep, 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.

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.

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

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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