May Blockbusters

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at Athenaeum Theatre

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is one of those writers whose darkly complex books for children and teenagers transcend their intended audience, winning him fans of all ages – and deservedly so.

His Chaos Walking trilogy has been variously described as a dystopian love story with the atmosphere of a Western and ‘one of the most interesting fantasies ever published’; it’s also won a swag of prizes, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Carnegie Medal.

His latest book for young readers is A Monster Calls, a heartbreaking story about cancer and loss, told through the metaphor of a yew tree that comes to life outside the bedroom of a boy whose mother is dying.

The Crane Wife is Ness’s first book for adult readers in many years – it’s a wise and romantic story about the creative imagination and the redemptive power of love.

Ness will be in conversation with Lili Wilkinson.

Patrick Ness appears as part of a double-bill with Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Book your discounted tickets to both sessions here.

This event is presented by the Wheeler Centre in association with the Melbourne Writers Festival.


Portrait of Lili Wilkinson

Lili Wilkinson

Lili Wilkinson is a reader and writer of Young Adult fiction. She was first published at age twelve in Voiceworks magazine. Her titles include Scatterheart, Pink and most recently Love-Shy and The Zigzag Effect.

Portrait of Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is an American author whose books have been published in 20 languages.

May Blockbusters

Our fabulous double bills are back – bringing you three big nights of international writers, presented back-to-back.

From genre-bending fiction bestsellers to young adult authors with cult followings, and non-fiction superstars who’ll change the way you view the world … we’ve got a little something for everyone.

You can cherry-pick your favourite authors and book individual events, or make a night of it and see two authors at once. It’s up to you.


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