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Lunch with Alexis Wright at Montalto


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Due to unforeseen circumstances, lunch with Alexis Wright at Montalto is no longer able to proceed tomorrow and this event has been cancelled. All ticketholders have been contacted directly regarding a refund.


Since publishing Plains of Promise in 1997, Alexis Wright has risen to be one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. The multi-award-winning author of the novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book, Wright has also published three works of non-fiction: Take Power, an oral history of the Central Land Council; Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory; and Tracker, an award-winning collective memoir of Aboriginal leader Tracker Tilmouth.

Described by The Age as ‘an abundant odyssey that contains a formidable vision of Australia’s future’, Wright’s highly anticipated new novel Praiseworthy is a masterful allegory that acts as both an examination of climate disaster and a rallying cry against oppression.

This April, join the Wheeler Centre and Sorrento Writers Festival for a shared lunch at Red Hill’s Montalto as Alexis Wright speaks with host Daniel James about Praiseworthy, activism in writing, and her distinguished literary career.

Presented in partnership with Montalto and Sorrento Writers Festival


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About the book

The bookseller for this event is Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

Set at Montalto’s stunning Red Hill winery on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – served with excellent food and wine, as a languorous lunchtime tips into a relaxed afternoon.


Books and Ideas at Montalto


Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book, Wright has published three works of non-fiction: Take Power, an oral history of the Central Land Council; Grog War, a study ... Read more

Daniel James

Daniel is an award-winning Yorta Yorta Melbourne based writer and broadcaster. He hosts the Mission on 3RRR and is the winner of the 2018 Horne Prize for his essay Ten More Days. Born in Melbourne and raised on Taungurong country in North East Victoria, Daniel’s work explores notions of empathy, i... Read more



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