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Salman Rushdie: A Sea of Stories


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This event is available on demand from Tuesday 15 February 6.30pm AEDT, until 5pm AEDT Tuesday 22 February 2022

The great Salman Rushdie, staunch defender of free speech and indefatigable advocate for arts and literature, sends the Wheeler Centre a Postcard From Abroad in this special digital event exploring his remarkable career and latest literary adventure.

Rushdie’s work spans children’s books, essays and non-fiction, along with 14 critically-acclaimed novels, including Midnight’s Children – for which he was awarded the 1981 Booker Prize as well as the 1993 Booker of Bookers and the 2008 Best of the Booker.

Now, he’s embraced a new form: the email newsletter. Twice a week (or, ‘more often if I’m bursting to tell you something’), Rushdie shares the stories that have had the biggest impact on his life directly with subscribers via his newsletter, Salman’s Sea of Stories.

Rushdie is also publishing his latest novella, The Seventh Wave, entirely online, chapter by chapter. Inspired by French New Wave cinema, it’s a story about a film director and his muse, imagining a new world while their real world faces ever-amplifying calamity. Like a Godard jump cut, time folds in on itself and all that matters is their present moment.

In this instalment of Postcards From Abroad, Rushdie will speak with broadcaster Sally Warhaft about the impressive breadth of his career: its accolades and controversies, the importance of creative freedom, and the complex, ever-changing waters of his sea of stories.

The online bookseller for this event is Hill of Content

This event takes place online and is available on demand from Tuesday 15 February 6.30pm AEDT,  until Tuesday 22 February 5pm AEDT.

To avoid disruption, please ensure you have finished watching by this time. The viewing period cannot be extended for those who did not view the event prior to this time.

After booking, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link that allows you unique access to the event for the available broadcast period.

Please ensure you keep this email with the unique link as it is required to view the event during the broadcast period.


Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen novels – including Luka and the Fire of Life; Grimus; Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker); Shame; The Satanic Verses; Haroun and the Sea of Stories; The Moor’s Last Sigh; The Ground Beneath Her Feet... Read more

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more

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