Festival Program


The Miles Franklin Literary Award

Sun 26 Aug, 4pm
Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Celebrating Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. The 2018 winner is announced and acclaimed authors Sofie Laguna, Christos Tsiolkas and Alexis Wright read from award-winning novels on death, love and family. Proudly supported by Perpetual and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Ticket price includes refreshments.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.


2 hours

Session code


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Session Artists

Sofie Laguna's second novel for adults, The Eye of the Sheep, won the Miles Franklin Award. Her first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Laguna has recently published her third novel for adults, The Choke, to wide acclaim.

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels: Loaded, The Jesus Man, Dead Europe, The Slap and Barracuda, and the collection Merciless Gods. He has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and his works have been adapted for film and television. He is also a playwright, essayist, and screenwriter.

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria and the author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book. Her most recent book, Tracker, was awarded the 2018 Stella Prize. She holds the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne.

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