Festival Program

Highlight Event

Melbourne Masterclass: Maria Tumarkin

Thu 5 Sep, 6.30pm
University of Melbourne Forum Theatre, Arts West

In each 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.

Maria Tumarkin is an award-winning writer whose latest book, Axiomatic, has won critical praise for its unflinching essays on how the past shapes the present. Academic Justin Clemens explores how Tumarkin writes about difficult topics with poise and integrity, then joins her to further contextualise this important work.

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

Justin Clemens is associate professor in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne. He is the author of many books on European philosophy and psychoanalysis. He is also the author of several poetry collections, including The Mundiad and Villain.

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists. Her latest book, Axiomatic (Brow Books), won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Best Writing Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize.

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