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Anthony Joseph and the Modern Sonnet


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Join us at the Moat for a captivating conversation and poetry reading with Anthony Joseph – poet, novelist, academic, musician and winner of this year’s TS Eliot Prize for Poetry.


Join us downstairs at the Moat for a captivating conversation with award-winning poet, novelist, academic, and musician Anthony Joseph, as he discusses and reads from his acclaimed collection, Sonnets for Albert, winner of this year’s prestigious TS Eliot Prize for Poetry.

Hailed by the TS Eliot Prize judges as ‘luminous’ and ‘courageous’, Joseph’s largely autobiographical collection explores themes of absent fathers, childhood solitude, and the unreliability of memory.

Speaking with Maxine Beneba Clarke as part of the Wheeler Centre’s World of Words, Joseph will share insights into his creative process, his varied career from poetry to music, and the influence of his Trinidadian heritage on his writing.

Don’t miss your chance to delve into the mind of a masterful poet and experience the power of his words firsthand.

This event is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.


Full Price Ticket + Cocktail Offer $30
Concession Ticket + Cocktail Offer $25
Full Price $15
Concession $10
Pay What You Wish tickets available

The ticket and cocktail offer includes a discounted signature or classic cocktail of your choice from The Moat’s menu to be redeemed at the event. Non-alcoholic drinks, beer and wine may be purchased separately.

The Moat will be open for dinner and drinks. Anthony Joseph and the Modern Sonnet attendees can choose to dine in the Moat’s event space from 6pm.

Buy three or more World of Words events and get 15% off your purchase.

Simply purchase three or more eligible World of Words events as part of a package and receive 15% off full price tickets.

This offer does not include workshops, Montalto lunches or Pay What You Wish tickets. Discount is only available on Full Price tickets and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer including drink-inclusive tickets. Offer available via only.




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The bookseller for this event is the Sun Bookshop.

World of Words

From South Korea to Mozambique, the UK to Vietnam, India to the USA – World of Words brings together some of the world’s most exciting writers and thinkers as they share insights, ideas and inspiration from their internationally acclaimed careers.


World of Words


Anthony Joseph

Dr Anthony Joseph is an award winning Trinidad-born poet, novelist, academic and musician. He is the author of five poetry collections and three novels. His 2018 novel Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Royal Society of Literat... Read more

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Hate Race, the award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the poetry collections Carrying The World and How Decent Folk Behave, and many other books for adults and children. Her forthcoming poetry collection is It’s The S... Read more


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