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City Program

Relative Chaos

Sat 11 Sep, 2pm
State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Join two of Australia’s most beloved writers Emily Maguire—appearing live via video—and Alice Pung as they share insight into fearlessly rendered new novels that explore the fault lines of class, family and love, on stage with Elizabeth McCarthy. The Miles Franklin–shortlisted author of An Isolated Incident, Maguire expands the story of a compulsive hoarder into a study of wealth divides and multigenerational trauma in Love Objects. The multiple prize–winning author of Unpolished Gem, Pung depicts the fraught relationship between a pregnant teen and her overprotective mother in One Hundred Days.

Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund


1 hour



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Emily Maguire is the author of six novels and three non-fiction books. Her articles and essays on sex, feminism, culture and literature have been published widely. She works as a teacher and mentor to young writers, and was the 2018/2019 Judy Harris Writer-in-Residence at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre.

Elizabeth McCarthy has worked as a producer and presenter in radio for over 20 years. She produces 3RRR's Breakfast show and reviews books on 3RRR and ABC Radio Melbourne. She is a 2021 Stella Prize judge, and in 2019 she was the convenor of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction.

Alice Pung is the bestselling award-winning author of Unpolished Gem, Her Father's Daughter and Laurinda. She is the editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her other books include Close to Home and the Marly books for Penguin's Our Australian Girl series. Her latest book is One Hundred Days.

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