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Writers on Writers – Michelle de Kretser on Shirley Hazzard

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Emily Bitto and Michelle de Krester
03 October 2019, 6:00pm7:30pm
Location Village Roadshow Theatrette
via Entry 3, La Trobe Street
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Join acclaimed writer Emily Bitto in conversation with two-time Miles Franklin Award-winning author Michelle de Kretser as they launch her new book, Michelle de Kretser on Shirley Hazzard, released on 1 October.

This event will include a collection viewing of Shirley Hazzard first editions and de Kretser’s early manuscripts, and an author signing, with Readings bookstore selling copies of the book on the night.

Michelle de Kretser on Shirley Hazzard is the latest instalment of Writers on Writers, a series of short books where leading writers reflect on another Australian writer who has inspired and influenced them. Provocative and crisp, these books start a fresh conversation between past and present about the craft of writing. The series is a collaboration between independent publisher Black Inc, the University of Melbourne and State Library Victoria.

‘Who do writers read? The Writers on Writers series introduces some intriguing and talented Australian authors who shed light on what writers learn from each other and how the craft of writing develops and changes.’ – Associate Professor Sara Wills, Associate Dean of Engagement, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne.

About Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser is the award-winning author of several novels, including The rose grower, The Hamilton case and The lost dog. She has twice won the Miles Franklin Award – in 2013 for Questions of travel and in 2018 for The life to come.

About Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her debut novel, The strays, won the 2015 Stella Prize. Emily has a Masters in Literary Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and has been teaching creative writing for more than a decade. She also co-owns Carlton wine bar Heartattack and vine.

Books in the series

On JM Coetzee, Ceridwen Dovey
On Patrick White, Christos Tsiolkas
On John Marsden, Alice Pung
On Kate Jennings, Erik Jensen
On David Malouf, Nam Le
On Shirley Hazzard, Michelle de Kretser