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Jay Carmichael: Marlo


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Come along as award-winning author Jay Carmichael talks about Marlo, the story of a young gay man in 1950s Australia, with Dennis Altman.


What are the limits of devotion in a world that denies your love? Jay Carmichael’s stunning new novel Marlo follows a young gay man in 1950s Australia as he optimistically ventures from the stiflingly conservative countryside to the city, only to confront the same censorial, rigid society. But then he falls in love.

Told with a sparse, poetic beauty, and complemented by archival material, articles and photos, Marlo breathes life into a joyous love story that not so long ago would have been left in the margins of Australian history.

Join Carmichael in conversation with Dennis Altman to discuss Marlo, which has been selected by Melbourne booksellers for the Melbourne City Reads initiative.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival.

The Melbourne City Reads series is generously supported by George and Rosa Morstyn.


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About the book

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

Melbourne City Reads

Celebrate local literary culture and the authors who shape it. Rediscover the world through writers’ eyes at monthly events, featuring authors discussing their new books.

The Melbourne City Reads series is generously supported by George and Rosa Morstyn.
Melbourne City Reads


Jay Carmichael

Jay Carmichael is a writer and editor. His first novel, Ironbark, was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction. His writing has been published by beyondblue and appeared widely in print and online, including in Overland, The Guardian, SBS, and The Telling Tree pro... Read more

Dennis Altman

Dennis Altman has written 15 books since his groundbreaking Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation. The Bulletin listed him as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever. He is Patron of the Australian Queer Archives and Pride Foundation Australia.


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