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David Malouf in conversation

Malouf discusses his collection of short stories, Every move you make, including the story 'Mrs Porter and the Rock'. He reads the opening pages of an earlier story, 'The Valley of the Lagoons'.

David Malouf has written across a wide range of genres, including autobiography, poetry, novels, short stories, opera librettos and drama during his writing career. His well-known works include Fly away Peter, An imaginary life, Johnno, The great world and Remembering Babylon.

He has won a raft of awards, including the Miles Franklin Award, NSW Premier's Literary Award, Commonwealth Writers Prize, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Prix Fémina Etranger. He has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. His story collection, Every move you make, was published in October 2006.

Morag Fraser is a widely published writer, contributor to radio and television, previous editor of Eureka Street, former chair of the Melbourne Writers Festival and current professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University. In 2004 she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism.

This conversation was presented by Reader's Feast Bookstore and the State Library on 20 October 2006.