Clunes Booktown Festival is an annual celebration of writing in rural Victoria that prides itself on championing literature. The first and only International Booktown in Australia, Clunes lives up to its mighty reputation once again as the Wheeler Centre presents Elliot Perlman in conversation with Michael Williams.
Elliot Perlman’s first novel, Three Dollars, won the Age Book of the Year Award – an auspicious start to what has been an extraordinary international career. His second novel, Seven Types of Ambiguity, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin.
With The Street Sweeper, Perlman cemented his reputation as a novelist who explores the burning social and political issues of our time. ‘Epic is a word that one must use carefully,’ wrote the Guardian, reviewing the book. ‘But this is an epic, in scope and moral seriousness.’
Presented by the Wheeler Centre at Clunes Booktown Festival.
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 (2015–2016), then Talkfest (2017–2019), on ABC RN. He remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for the Guardian, the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian and elsewhere.
Elliot Perlman is an award-winning writer of one short story collection and three novels. He lives in Melbourne, where he also works as a barrister.