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Tony Birch

Tony Birch is one of Australia’s best, and best-loved, storytellers. Birch writes with fierce compassion. His prose is intimate, personal and tender, but always deeply political, concerned with challenging anything – person, power, portrayal – that would leave the dignity of a human life disregarded. A perennial Wheeler Centre – and Montalto – favourite, who better to welcome Books and Ideas at Montalto back after its latest lockdown-induced hiatus?

Over a wonderfully long lunch, Birch and host Bec Kavanagh will discuss his two newest books: Dark as Last Night, a stunning collection of stories about the formative power of human connection; and the poetry collection Whisper Songs, a lyrical interrogation of colonial archives.

Presented in partnership with Montalto

The bookseller for this event is Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery

Please note that in line with the Victorian Government's COVID-19 public health orders, all guests are required to be double vaccinated in order to visit and dine at Montalto. Guests must show proof of their vaccination status upon arrival.

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Portrait of Tony Birch

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He has published three novels; The White GirlGhost River and Blood. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s DayThe Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature. In 2021 he released two new books, a poetry book, Whisper Songs and a new short story collection, Dark As Last Night.

Portrait of Bec Kavanagh

Bec Kavanagh

Bec Kavanagh is a Melbourne-based writer and academic whose work examines the representation of women’s bodies in literature. She has appeared at the Melbourne and Sydney Writers Festivals and on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

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.


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