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Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
The winners of the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced tonight by the Minister for Creative Industries, Danny Pearson. For the first time, the Awards ceremony was held as a free online digital event.
William Gibson: The Future is Now
The man who invented 'cyberspace', William Gibson is one of the influential writers of our time. From his groundbreaking debut novel Neuromancer, to his latest bestseller Agency, he was the first to imagine a computer saturated existence, grounded in an all-too material world, and to anticipate its implications.
The philosophies and practicalities of the near futures of his…
Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet
Maggie O’Farrell’s award-winning Hamnet gives us new and illuminating insight into Shakespeare and his masterpiece, and the family that nurtured him. Told from the perspective of Shakespeare’s wife, this devastatingly beautiful novel takes as its starting point the true fact of the death of their 11 year old son, Hamnet (a variant on the more familiar Hamlet), and from there…
Maaza Mengiste: The Shadow King
In partnership with Perth Festival, join us for a special online event with Ethiopian-American writer Maaza Mengiste, author of the 2020 Booker Prize shortlisted The Shadow King. Set in Ethiopia during the 1935 invasion by Mussolini, The Shadow King catalogues the efforts of a brave battalion of women who took up arms to defend their country.
Mengiste will appear…
Working with Words: Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh
We spoke with writer and Emerging Writers' Festival artistic director Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh about people-watching, plagiarism paranoia and how writing is a luxury.
Working with Words: Nardi Simpson
Nardi Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay novelist and musician. She's a member of the acclaimed musical duo Stiff Gins and the author of a new novel, Song of the Crocodile. Nardi spoke with us about oral storytelling, writing long-hand and the many qualities of Persuasion's Anne Elliot.
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