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The Salon Series: fighting form

25 March 2022, 7:00pm8:30pm
Cost$35, and $30 concession and State Library Victoria Cultural Members
BookingsBookings required
Location Conversation Quarter
State Library Victoria

In our upcoming Salon, we’re spotlighting artists who push formal limits and play outside the boundaries. Their work challenges assumptions and experiments with convention – whether fiction, poetry or music. Splash around in uncharted waters, colour outside the lines, start in the middle of the story, eat dessert first, and surrender to the unbounded and unexpected – who knows what you’ll discover. 

About the event

Hosted by journalist and critic Fiona Gruber, the event will open with poetry from Manisha Anjali, a text and performance artist whose work explores narratives and languages of dreams and exile.

Then, Miles Franklin-award winner Michelle de Kretser will discuss her funny and complex new novel, Scary monsters, which uses shifting perspectives and a reversible format to explore the disorienting monsters of racism, ageism and misogyny.

Finally, the spectacular one-man-soundscape Great Earthquake will close out the evening with a transporting, richly layered musical performance.

Please note, Walter Kadiki will no longer be appearing at this event.

Drinks will be available to purchase from the bar before, during and after the event.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Please note: tickets are $35, and $30 for State Library Victoria Cultural Members, plus a one-off transaction fee of $4 per order. Tickets for First Nations people are free.

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre.

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About the artists

Great Earthquake

Noah Symons is Great Earthquake — a one-man band, self-taught looping machine. Noah is focused on making music with melody and flow using post-punk basslines, afro-guitars, hypnotic vocals that float by alongside dubbed-out melodica and the huge blast of drums! 

Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor, and a book reviewer. She is the author of  The rose grower,  The hamilton case, which won the Commonwealth Prize and the UK Encore Prize, and The lost dog, which won a swag of awards, including the 2008 NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal. Her latest novel, The life to come, was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize and won the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Manisha Anjali

Manisha Anjali is a writer and artist. She is the founder of Community Dream Project, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations.

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