A Preview of Our Next Programme

Things have quietened down at the Wheeler Centre as the Melbourne Writers Festival takes centre stage, but we’ll be releasing our third and final programme for 2011 after the festival - on the day of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards dinner, Tuesday, 6 September, which kicks off our ‘11 events in 11 days’.

Today we announced a bunch of events to tide us over until the full programme is announced early next month. Highlights include:

  • a conversation on 7 September with Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg Larsson’s long-time partner, who’s been involved in a protracted dispute with the Larsson estate since the crime novelist’s death

  • the resumption of the Lunchbox/Soapbox series with Christine Nixon speaking on leadership on 8 September, with journalist Paul Cleary taking up the baton the following Thursday (15 September), speaking on the pernicious effects of the mining boom

  • Alan Ball, the screenwriter with the Midas touch and creator of American Beauty, Six Feet Under and True Blood, appearing on 10 September in conversation with Alan Brough

  • noted Australian essayist Don Watson speaking on the tenth anniversary of his landmark political memoir, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart

  • journalist Jay Bahadur on the cutthroat world of Somali piracy on 13 September

  • US publishing phenomenon Anita Shreve on 14 September

  • Rwandan genocide survivor Leah Chishugi on 17 September.