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Michael Frayn


Satirist, comic essayist, novelist, playwright, reporter, columnist, translator, screenwriter, philosopher: all describe Michael Frayn.

He is the author of Noises Off, Copenhagen and Democracy; critically-acclaimed and best-selling novels such as Headlong, Spies and The Tin Men; and has written extensively for the Guardian and the Observer. His exceptionally broad body of work showcases his warm intellect, savvy comic sensibility and deep humanity.

If you were to suspect that he’s some kind of living legend, you might just be onto something.

Celebrating fifty years since his first novel was published (The Tin Men), and in Melbourne with his wife — noted literary journalist and biographer Claire Tomalin — Michael Frayn comes to the Wheeler Centre to talk about getting started.

How do you first begin to write?  What happens if you then, years later, take off in a different direction entirely?  Can you ride two horses at the same time? With Chris Mead.


Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist at the Guardian and the Observer. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong, Spies and his latest, Skios. His 17 plays range from Noises Off, recentl... Read more

Chris Mead

Chris is literary director of the Melbourne Theatre Company. His previous positions have included: inaugural artistic director, PlayWriting Australia; literary manager, and Wharf 2LOUD Producer, Sydney Theatre Company; and literary manager, Company B Belvoir St Theatre. He has also been curator of t... Read more


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