Books and Ideas at Montalto

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Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser’s novels are playful, deeply intelligent and engrossing; they comment on contemporary Australia, and the wider world we live in now. Her last book, Questions of Travel, swept the national prize pool, winning the Miles Franklin, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction and more.

Her beguiling new novella, Springtime, is an Australian ghost story. Frances and Charlie met in Melbourne, when he was married with a young son. Now they live together in Sydney, with a rescue dog – and the sense that they have tipped the world on its axis. When Frances sees a strange woman in their garden, she is overtaken by a sense of the eerie. Get a glimpse of this national treasure’s newest work.

Meet a literary icon – and a woman of ideas.


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.

Portrait of Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka, educated in Melbourne and Paris, and lives in Sydney. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award for Questions of Travel.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

What do good books and good wine have in common? They’re full of personality, and they can be the start of a great conversation. 

From March to November, the literary meets the culinary at Books and Ideas at Montalto. In Red Hill, on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – accompanied by excellent food and wine, a relaxed setting and the sparkle of Melbourne in the distance.


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