Books and Ideas at Montalto
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Family, literature, Papua New Guinea and the complicated lives of creative women – these are the themes to which Drusilla Modjeska has repeatedly returned in her impressive body of work. As a memoirist, essayist, novelist (and master of combining and confounding literary forms), Modjeska is among Australia’s most celebrated writers.
Most recently, she has added a memoir, Second Half First, to an already substantial list of literary accomplishments, including Exiles at Home, Poppy, Stravinsky’s Lunch and The Mountain. Her new book reflects on the books, people and journeys that have most profoundly affected her in the second part of her life.
Modjeska will discuss travel, reading and the intersection of life and work with Andrea Goldsmith.
Drusilla Modjeska is one of Australia's most acclaimed writers. She was born in England but lived in Papua before arriving in Australia in 1971. Her books include Exiles at Home; the NSW Premier's Award-winning Poppy; Sisters, which she co-edited; the Nita B. Kibble, NSW Premier's Award and Australian Bookseller's Book of the Year Award-winner The Orchard; Timepieces; and Secrets with Robert Dessaix and Amanda Lohrey. She is also the author of the bestselling Stravinsky's Lunch and her first novel, The Mountain, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Miles Franklin Award, the Western Australia Premier's Award and the Barbara Jefferis Award.
One of Australia’s best loved novelists, Andrea Goldsmith has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her latest novel is The Memory Trap, winner of the 2015 Melbourne Prize.
Why go postal when you can go coastal?
On seven Fridays throughout the year, from March to October, the Wheeler Centre brings the best of Australian writing to the Mornington Peninsula. Swap the hustle of the city for an unhurried, immersive look at the stories behind the stories – all while enjoying outstanding food and wine, fascinating company and the opportunity to hear from writers in an intimate and relaxed setting.
Share in Books and Ideas at Montalto – perfect for lovers of fine writing, good conversation and great wine.
Season passes for 2018 are now available, with our first event slated to feature Robyn Davidson. Reserve your place at seven events in the series, each inclusive of food, with wine charged on consumption. $490 plus 30c booking fee.