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at The Wheeler Centre

Les Murray: Waiting for the Past

Waiting for the Past is the much-anticipated new collection from Les Murray. His first book of poetry since 2010’s Taller When Prone, Waiting for the Past is a volume long-awaited for good reason — displaying not only the range of Murray’s artistic abilities, but the way in which his synaesthetic verse transforms our sense of the world.

Join us for a special evening with Australia’s leading poet. Introduced by Michael Williams.

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Portrait of Les Murray

Les Murray

Les Murray is Australia’s leading poet. In 2015, his first new collection of poems in five years will be published, Waiting for the Past. Bunyah will follow later in the year, a collection that brings together the poems Murray has written about the place where he comes from and by extension about the rural life and small communities of Australia.

Portrait of Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011.

He has hosted Blueprint for Living (2015–2016), then Talkfest (2017–2019), on ABC RN. He remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for the Guardian, the AgeSydney Morning HeraldAustralian and elsewhere.


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