Tim Winton’s breakthrough masterpiece, Cloudstreet, was voted Australia’s favourite book by ABC TV’s The Book Club last year. He has long been one of our most loved (and celebrated) authors, with four Miles Franklin Awards and two Booker Prize shortlistings.
‘His most extraordinary achievement is the degree to which he has found a language that captures the world around him, a concrete poetry both tough and tender, fresh and ancient’, says the Guardian.
In his eleventh novel, Winton asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.
Eyrie inhabits the skin of Tom Keely, a man whose reputation is in ruins. Divorced and unemployed, he’s lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim highrise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he’s retired hurt and angry. But in his seedy flat, ducking the neighbours, he falls into the orbit of two strangers: a woman from the past, and a boy the likes of which he’s never met before.
This will be a rare chance to hear from one of Australia’s most seductive storytellers and master craftsmen, for one night only at Melbourne Town Hall.
Tim Winton will be in conversation with Michael Williams.
Presented by the Wheeler Centre and Readings.
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.
Tim Winton is the pre-eminent Australian novelist of his generation. He has published twenty-five books for adults and children and his books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. He lives in Western Australia.