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Chris Womersley at Cairo Apartment Building

Chris Womersley’s award-winning novel, Cairo, told the story of a country boy swept up in bohemian permissiveness, and even crime, in the Cairo apartment building in 1980s Fitzroy. Join Womersley at the very setting of this remarkable book.

There are two session times available for this event: 2.30pm-3.30pm and 3.30pm-4.30pmYou will be prompted to select your session when booking your tickets.

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Portrait of Chris Womersley

Chris Womersley

Chris Womersley’s short fiction has appeared in Granta, Best Australian Stories (2006, 2010 and 2011), Griffith Review, Wet Ink and Meanjin. His first novel The Low Road won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction.

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We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us,’ Winston Churchill once said. In this special collaboration with Open House Melbourne, we’ll host intimate conversations with Melbourne writers in the local buildings and places that have shaped their work.

Hear from Chris Womersley in the Fitzroy apartment building that inspired his award-winning novel, Cairo, or Tony Birch at the Abbotsford Convent, discussing the origins of Ghost River. Robyn Annear will appear at tucked-away Presgrave Place arcade, famous for its connection to Cole’s Book Arcade and featured in Annear’s books City Lost & Found and Bearbrass. Keep an eye on our website for details about a rare opportunity to step inside a rarely seen corner of one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings, currently closed to the public for repair.

Each afternoon will include a talk, tour and treat, with afternoon tea included with your booking. Savour the unique atmosphere of some of Melbourne’s most beautiful and idiosyncratic buildings while listening to readings from your favourite books.


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