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Australian Literature 102

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at The Wheeler Centre

Shirley Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus

This Australian classic follows the lives of two Australian orphans, Caro and Grace Bell, who move to England in search of a better life. It’s a heartbreaking tale of unrequited passionate longing.

Michelle De Kretser will talk about her love for Shirley Hazzard’s masterpiece.


Portrait of James Ley

James Ley

James Ley holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Western Sydney. He has been a professional literary critic for fifteen years.

Portrait of Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka, educated in Melbourne and Paris, and lives in Sydney. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award for Questions of Travel.

Australian Literature 102

We’ve created an Australian Classics book club, just for you – with special writerly guests each month.

Last year’s hugely popular Australian Literature 101 set the scene by introducing ten texts our experts deemed unmissable Australian reading.

This year, we invite you on a brand new, leisurely stroll through our national literature, as we guide you through rediscovered classics and much-loved favourites alike.

Our host is renowned critic – and literature lover – James Ley, editor of the Sydney Review of Books.


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