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Max Porter: Lanny



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Max Porter’s first book, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, was an astonishing work about despair, love, memory … and Ted Hughes.

A strange and beautiful novel of poetry and prose, it told the story of a widower and his two small boys who are visited in their grief by Crow, a self-described ‘sentimental bird’, and a trickster presence in the household. It won the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize, the 2017 Europese Literatuurprijs and was adapted for the stage in a production starring Cillian Murphy. Critics praised the book for its ambition, sensitivity and originality.

Porter’s new book, Lanny follows up in the same experimental vein, again imbuing domestic dramas with magical elements and looming mythical, malevolent figures. It’s a novel about childhood and creativity, filled with suspense, dread and hope.

In conversation with Ronnie Scott, Porter will discuss fiction, fabulism, literary heroes and literary risks.

Sun Bookshop will be our bookseller for this event.


Max Porter

Max Porter’s debut Grief Is the Thing with Feathers — part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief — was published to widespread acclaim in 2015. It has been sold in 28 territories and saw Max win the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the Internation... Read more

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott’s first novel The Adversary was shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award and the ALS Gold Medal; his second novel, Shirley, will be published in February. He teaches Creative Writing at RMIT.


Athenaeum Theatre

188 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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