Festival Program

City Program

What’s Left Unsaid

Sat 11 Sep, 10am
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Prize–winning novelists Larissa Behrendt—appearing live via video—and Steven Carroll reflect on how literature from long ago can lead us to truths once left unsaid. Behrendt sets the Western literary canon beside First Nations storytelling in After Story, in which an Indigenous lawyer and her mother tour England’s most revered literary sites. Carroll’s O reimagines the infamous French novel Story of O, shining a light on the preoccupations and wartime past a country would rather forget. With on-stage moderator Clare Wright.


1 hour



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Larissa Behrendt is the author of two previous novels, Home and Legacy, and numerous books on Indigenous legal issues. She has written and produced several short films, is the host of 'Speaking Out' on ABC Radio, and is Distinguished Professor at the Jumbunna Institute at the University of Technology. After Story is her third novel.

Steven Carroll is the award-winning author of 12 novels, including A World of Other People (2013), which was the joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award, and The Time We Have Taken (2007), which won the Miles Franklin Award in 2008. His most recent novel is O (2020).

Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster.  Her book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize. Her most recent book is You Daughters of Freedom, the second instalment of her Democracy Trilogy. Clare is Professor of History at La Trobe University and co-host of the history podcast, Archive Fever.

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