Festival Program


Robert Lukins: The Everlasting Sunday

Fri 6 Sep, 1pm
RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Set during an unforgiving winter in 1960s England, Robert Lukins’ remarkable debut captures young male camaraderie and foolishness in a net of tender storytelling. Described by David Malouf as the best thing he read in 2018, The Everlasting Sunday grips the attention and forces us to consider essential questions about masculinity and vulnerability. With Thuy On.


1 hour

Session code


Available on Pass




Session Artists

Robert Lukins is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel, The Everlasting Sunday. He has worked as a journalist, art historian, and postman.

Thuy On is a freelance arts journalist and critic who has written for a range of publications including The Australian, The Saturday Paper, Fairfax, ArtsHub and Books+Publishing. For the last 7 years she's been The Big Issue's books editor.

More sessions like this one


Novelist Daniel de Lorne will present specific tips to transform your writing into deeper and more vivid, immersive prose.


Short Stories, Big Impacts

Sun 8 Sep, 1pm

Three writers working deep in the short story genre discuss the peaks, privileges and pains of utilising short form fiction.


Thuy On speaks with Robert Lukins about his remarkable and gripping debut novel, The Everlasting Sunday.

Highlight Event

Melbourne Masterclass: Emily Bitto

Mon 2 Sep, 6.30pm

Amanda Johnson interrogates the key themes of Emily Bitto’s debut novel The Strays – art, community, idealism – and discusses with the author herself.