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Hannah Kent at Montalto

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Since 2013, with the international success of her debut novel, Burial Rites, Hannah Kent’s name is often mentioned in the same breath as that of Hilary Mantel or Geraldine Brooks; masters of literary historical fiction. Burial Rites, about a woman executed for murder in Iceland in 1830, was translated into 20 languages and won a swag of prestigious awards, including the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist Award.

As the co-founder and publishing director of Australian literary journal, Kill Your Darlings, Kent has worked hard to champion the work of new literary voices and continues to do so. Geraldine Brooks mentored Kent through the development of the Burial Rites manuscript; now Kent mentors emerging writers herself.

This October will see the release of her second novel, The Good People. In the new book, Kent returns to the 1800s, and to the northern hemisphere. The action is set in south-western Ireland and is again inspired by a true story.

Join us for an evening with one of Australia’s brightest literary stars. In conversation with Kate Forsyth, Hannah will discuss the revival of historical fiction, Australia’s literary landscape and her fascination with troubled women in cold climes.

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Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent’s debut novel, Burial Rites (2013), was translated into over thirty languages and won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, and the Victorian Premier’s People’s Choice Award. It was shortlisted for the Women’s Pri... Read more

Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel aged seven, and has now sold more than a million books internationally. Her novels include The Beast’s Garden, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in Nazi Germany; The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm bro... Read more

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Montalto

33 Shoreham Road Red Hill South Victoria 3937

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