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Celebrating Kate Grenville


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Due to extreme weather warnings for Melbourne, this event will be rescheduled for early 2018. The Australia Council for the Arts, the Wheeler Centre and Kate Grenville are terribly sorry for the inconvenience.

For more than three decades, Kate Grenville has trained a piercing, probing eye on Australian lives, myths and histories. As one of Australia’s most celebrated writers, Grenville is always original and always game.

With Lilian’s Story and Dark Places, she imagined the lives of social misfits and abusive, incestuous fathers. With The Secret River and her Colonial Trilogy, she reckoned with our nation’s violent history.

Grenville’s contribution to Australia’s literary landscape is immeasurable; her work has benefited other writers as much as readers. Her non-fiction books on the writing process, including The Writing Book, have guided the hand of many Australian authors. Her most recent non-fiction work, The Case Against Fragrance, blended memoir and journalism in a startling dissection of the perfume industry.

Grenville has won the Australian/Vogel Prize, the Orange Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. In 2017, she adds the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature to that impressive list of distinctions. Join Grenville herself in conversation with Michael Williams at a very special lunchtime event at the Wheeler Centre.

Note: We ask that you please refrain from wearing perfume at this event.


Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other nove... Read more

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011. He has hosted Blueprint for Living (2015... Read more


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