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Neil Gaiman


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

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... Read more

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers and award-winning books, including Neverwhere, American Gods, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and the Sandman series of graphic novels. His work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. His titles for children include The Gra... Read more


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