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The Writer's Banquet

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Literary Feasts

Always privately wanted to be at the end of the table when the banquet rolls out in The Leopard? Secretly supping on Cadbury’s while you thumb through your copy of Chocolat? Join Ramona Koval as she takes a tour of some of the literary feasts of the world with Shane Maloney and Carmel Bird. Which writers get the gastronomic details right on the page, and who puts you off your food?

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Portrait of Carmel Bird

Carmel Bird

Carmel Bird is an Australian fiction writer who has written ten novels and six collections of short fiction. Her most recent novel is Child of the Twilight.

Portrait of Shane Maloney

Shane Maloney

Born in Hamilton in western Victoria in 1953, Shane Maloney is one of Australia’s most popular novelists. His award-winning and much-loved Murray Whelan series – Stiff, The Brush-Off, Nice Try, The Big Ask, Something Fishy and Sucked In – has been published around the world. 

In 1996, The Brush-Off won the Ned Kelly Prize for Crime Fiction. In 2004, Stiff and The Brush-Off were made into telemovies starring David Wenham as Murray Whelan. In 2009, Shane Maloney was presented with the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia Lifetime Achievement Award.

Portrait of Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor.  She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.

The Writer's Banquet

In 2010 the Wheeler Centre partnered with Ramona Koval and the Radio National Book Show to present Reading on Vocation. This acclaimed series delved into the reading habits of professionals ranging from captains of industry to nuns. This winter, we’re partnering again to feed your literary appetite over three mouth-watering sessions. The path between the kitchen and the library is a well-trodden one, from the boom in food writers to the cult of the celebrity chef. Keep the cold nights at bay with our degustation menu of literary snacks.


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