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Trent Dalton: Lola in the Mirror

‘I wanted to write a story about someone who gets assistance. What if you looked in the mirror and you were lucky enough to have this girl called Lola who does tell you every truth about your past, and every truth about your present – but she gives you some dreams to hold onto as well’ – Trent Dalton.

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Before he found runaway success with his debut novel, Boy Swallows Universe, and follow-up All Our Shimmering Skies, Trent Dalton spent decades as a journalist investigating the real-life social inequities that underpin his third novel, Lola in the Mirror: poverty, violence, homelessness – and the power of hope.

The result is a moving, darkly funny story about life and death that is by turns heart-breaking and eye-opening. In conversation with musician and writer Clare Bowditch at Melbourne Town Hall, Dalton discusses Lola in the Mirror and the passion for social justice that inspired him to write it.



This event was recorded on Thursday 12 October 2023 at Melbourne Town Hall as part of the Wheeler Centre’s Spring Fling series.

Featured music is ‘I See You Out There’ by Tellsonic.

Spring Fling was proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund. Special thanks to official bookseller Readings and accommodation partner The Sofitel.




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