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Hidden Histories: Geraldine Brooks


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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, poet Flora Chol and musician Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 uncover untold stories and perspectives in the winter instalment of our Salon Series.


In the winter instalment of our Salon Series, we’re digging deep into the archives and uncovering untold stories and perspectives.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will discuss her first book in seven years, Horse, with host Ramona Koval. Inspired by a true story, the novel connects three narratives surrounding a famous US thoroughbred racehorse to explore legacies of racism, horse-racing and art.

The event will open with a poetry reading by Flora Chol, whose work deconstructs unnatural systems and serves to place the human voice in a state of unapologetic truth and power.

To close the evening, enjoy a transporting musical performance by Mindy Meng Wang 王萌, whose unique compositions explore the fertile space between Chinese classical and Western contemporary music.

Enjoy a glass of complimentary De Bortoli wine from the Yarra Valley on arrival and join us for an evening of archival artistry, as we drag what’s out of sight into the light.


Presented in partnership with State Library Victoria

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Wines for this event are generously provided by De Bortoli Wines, Yarra Valley

Illustration by Megan Herbert.


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The books

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

The Salon Series

In partnership with State Library Victoria, we’re bringing you a series of seasonal creative salons celebrating Australia’s most exciting thinkers and performers. So grab a glass of wine, pull up a chair, and dive into a vibrant evening of creativity and culture.


The Salon Series


Geraldine Brooks

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in Sydney’s western suburbs. She worked for the Sydney Morning Herald and in 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton scholarship to the journalism master’s program at Columbia University. Later she worked for the Wall S... Read more

Flora A Chol

Flora Chol Is Melbourne based South Sudanese writer, Poet and activist. Flora migrated to Australia with her mother, brothers and sister in 2003. Flora describes herself as ‘an earthly black woman writing in a stream of literary consciousness’. In May 2019 Flora published her debut a Poetic Anth... Read more

Mindy Meng Wang 王萌

Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 is a versatile Chinese/Australian Composer and world leading contemporary Guzheng Performing Artist. She is a pioneer to bring the Guzheng (ancient Chinese harp) into many western genres such as experimental, Jazz, western classical, Electronic, pop and improvisation. In the U... Read more

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer who has worked as a journalist and broadcaster. Her most recent books are A Letter to Layla: Travels to our Deep Past and Near Future, Bloodhound: Searching For My Father, and By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life (all published by Text). She was the editor of two volumes ... Read more


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