Festival Program


Reading Victoria Stories & High Tea with Alice Pung

Sun 26 Aug, 3pm
Melbourne Star

Take flight on the iconic Melbourne Star while listening to brand new writing about the city suburbs below – from Brunswick to Werribee, St Kilda to Preston – originally commissioned for Reading Victoria and audio recorded by the writers of each piece. Readers include Maxine Beneba Clarke, Rijn Collins, Yamiko Marama, Angela Pippos, Ellena Savage, Rajith Savanadasa and Khalid Warsame. Preceding the flight, award-winning Melbourne author Alice Pung will join you for afternoon tea and discussion as she ruminates about living in Footscray with Veronica Sullivan.

This session is $40 and includes afternoon tea with Alice Pung and your Melbourne Star flight ticket.

Supported by Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Reading Victoria is a 10th Anniversary project of Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office


1 hour 30 minutes

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Session Artists

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of memoir The Hate Race, short fiction collection Foreign Soil, picture book The Patchwork Bike, and poetry collection Carrying The World. She writes for The Saturday Paper, and was the editor of Best Australian Stories 2017.

Angela Pippos is a journalist, television presenter, radio personality, author and MC based in Melbourne. She's best known for anchoring the sports segment on the ABC TV News for almost a decade and she is a regular contributor to 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Grandstand and 891 ABC Adelaide.

Alice Pung is an award-winning Melbourne author and editor of ten books, including the bestselling Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Laurinda. Her latest book is Writers on Writers: Alice Pung on John Marsden.

Rajith Savanadasa was named a Best Young Australian Novelist by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2017 for Ruins, his debut novel. Ruins was also shortlisted for the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

Veronica Sullivan is a writer, editor, critic and arts professional from Melbourne. Sullivan is the Programming Manager at the Wheeler Centre. She co-hosts Sisteria, a podcast about women’s experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture, and is on the board of the Feminist Writers Festival.

Khalid Warsame is a writer, photographer, and arts-worker. He lives in Melbourne.

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