Neil Gaiman is a writer with a rock star following. He has a reputation for reinventing genres – and for following his imagination wherever it leads. He’s written everything from journalism to episodes of Doctor Who, fantasy horror for kids (Coraline, The Graveyard Book) to inventive comics for adults (Sandman).
In Melbourne for one night only, Neil will once again be our guest at the Wheeler Centre, following his sold-out event last year. He’s hard at work on his next novel, which will be released in May. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at his work in progress – a tantalising glimpse at The Ocean at the End of the Lane, a delicate fable with a decidedly dark edge: at once both elegant and dangerous.
Forty years after a family lodger commits suicide in a car, the narrator is terrorised by ancient powers stirred up by the event. His only defence is three women who live down the lane: one of them believes that her duckpond is an ocean, and the oldest can remember the Big Bang.
Be among the first to enter the latest world dreamed up literature’s dark magician.
Neil will be in conversation with Alicia Sometimes.
Alicia Sometimes is an Australian writer and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Overland, Southerly, Meanjin, the Age, ABC TV's Sunday Arts and more. She is a co-host of the Outer Sanctum podcast (ABC podcasts and radio).
Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films.