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 and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor, and a book reviewer.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

You, a good book, a glass of wine, delicious food. Together as you were always meant to be. But with a wonderfully rich extra ingredient: a stimulating conversation with your favourite author.

From March to November, the literary meets the culinary at Books and Ideas at Montalto. Set in a stunning Red Hill winery on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – served with excellent food and wine, as a languorous lunchtime tips into a relaxed afternoon.


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