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Voices of Australia: Bendigo Writers Festival Closing Gala Event


Alexis Wright and Kate Grenville are two of Australia's most celebrated authors. Both are recipients of the Creative Australia (Australia Council) Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

About the Event

Kate Grenville is the author of 18 books, many of which, like The Secret River, are considered Australian classics. Kate is the first Australian to be twice-shortlisted for the International Women’s Prize for Fiction, in 2024 for Restless Dolly Maunder and 2001 for The Idea of Perfection, which won the prize that year.

Alexis’s Praiseworthy, winner of The Stella Prize in 2024 and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award 2024, is described by The New York Times as “the most ambitious and accomplished Australian novel of this century”. Alexis’s other ground-breaking works include Carpentaria, The Swan Book and Tracker.

In this special gala closing event you’re invited to experience 90 mins of inspiring conversation with four of Australia’s leading writers and thinkers: We’ll start with a conversation between Kate Grenville and Clare Wright. Then it’s time for this year’s Stella Prize winner Alexis Wright to talk to Stella 2024 judge Yves Rees.


Presented by Bendigo Writers Festival and La Trobe University. Supported by The Wheeler Centre and The Stella Prize.


Full $25


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Registered Assistance Animals welcome

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It is requested that accessible seating be pre-booked by calling The Capital Box Office on (03) 5434 6100.

About the Bookseller

The bookseller for this event is Bookish.


Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her international bestseller The Secret River was awarded local and overseas prizes, has been adapted for the stage and as an acclaimed television miniseries, and is now a much-loved classic. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Tho... Read more

Yves Rees

Dr Yves Rees is a writer, historian and podcaster living on stolen and unceded Wurundjeri land. At present, Yves is a Senior Lecturer in History at La Trobe University in Naarm/Melbourne, and co-host of Archive Fever podcast. Yves was the recipient of the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize, awarded for their ... Read more

Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book, Wright has published three works of non-fiction: Take Power, an oral history of the Central Land Council; Grog War, a study ... Read more

Clare Wright

Professor Clare Wright OAM is an award-winning historian, author, broadcaster, podcaster and public commentator who has worked in politics, academia and the media. Clare is currently Professor of History and Professor of Public Engagement at La Trobe University. She is the author of four works of hi... Read more


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