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 joined Sydney Writers’ Festival in September 2020, as the Artistic Director navigating the post-pandemic landscape going into the 2021 festival. He has spent the past decade at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne; as its founding Head of Programming in 2009, and then as its Director from September 2011.
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.