Books and Ideas at Montalto
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Teacher, theatre critic, playwright, academic – Steven Carroll can list all of the above on his CV, though he’s best known as an acclaimed novelist. Carroll has been shortlisted three times for the Miles Franklin and, in 2008, he won the award for The Time We Have Taken.
Last year, Carroll was named joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for fiction for A World of Other People. The novel is set during the London Blitz and is cinematic in scope and bold in its embrace of the big themes: love, war and poetry.
In conversation with Michael Williams, Steven will discuss his latest book, his celebrated career and some of the recurring subjects in his work, including literature, romantic love and T.S. Eliot.
Stephen Carroll’s The Time We Have Taken won the Commonwealth Writers and Miles Franklin prizes, and his A World of Other People was named joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for fiction in 2014.
Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011.
He has hosted Blueprint for Living (2015–2016), then Talkfest (2017–2019), on ABC RN. He remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for the Guardian, the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian and elsewhere.
You, a good book, a glass of wine, delicious food. Together as you were always meant to be. But with a wonderfully rich extra ingredient: a stimulating conversation with your favourite author.
From March to November, the literary meets the culinary at Books and Ideas at Montalto. Set in a stunning Red Hill winery on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – served with excellent food and wine, as a languorous lunchtime tips into a relaxed afternoon.