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Tim Winton: Eyrie


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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

Michael Williams joined Sydney Writers’ Festival in September 2020, as the Artistic Director navigating the post-pandemic landscape going into the 2021 festival. He has spent the past decade at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne; as its founding Head of Programming in 200... Read more

Tim Winton

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. Tim’s literary reputation was established early when his first novel, An Op... Read more


Melbourne Town Hall

90-120 Swanston Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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