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Event Details

  • Date:25 Mar 2024

  • Time:01:00pm - 02:00pm (Australia/Melbourne)

  • Location: Online

Event Description

The Vision Australia Library is thrilled to announce that novelist Alexis Wright is our first guest for our author In Conversation series in 2024.

This is a free online event open to all. 

About Alexis Wright

Wright is a Waanyi novelist and activist. Her works are hailed as masterpieces, and she is credited as being one of Australia’s greatest writers. 

Wright’s books are epic stories written in a magic realist style, featuring visionary characters. The give a powerful portrait of life in Indigenous Australia and a searching critique of the effects of colonialism in this country.

Wright is the only author to win both the Miles Franklin Award (in 2007 for Carpentaria) and the Stella Prize (in 2018 for Tracker).

 Her latest novel, Praiseworthy, received the Queensland Literary Award for Fiction in 2023. 

She is the inaugural winner of the Creative Australia Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

The Library has three of Wright’s books available: Tracker; The Swan Book; and Carpentaria. Praiseworthy is currently in audio production.

Alexis Wright will be in Conversation with Astrid Edwards.

About Astrid Edwards

Edwards is a teacher, critic, and the host of The Garret: Writers and Publishing podcast. She often judges literary prizes, and she is undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne exploring publishing climate fiction in Australia. 

Alexis Wright books in the Library

Tracker (available in DAISY): A memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader Tracker Tilmouth. This memoir weaves stories together in a book that is a tribute to the role played by storytelling in contemporary Aboriginal life.

The Swan Book (available in Braille and DAISY): Set in the future, with Aboriginal people still living under the Intervention in the north, The Swan Book follows the life of Oblivia, and her elevation to the position of First Lady of Australia. The Swan Book draws freely on myth and legend, finds hope in the bleakest situations.

Carpentaria (available in Braille and DAISY) centres on the powerful Phantom family, leader of the Westend Pricklebush people, and its battles with old Joseph Midnight’s renegade Eastend mob 2007 on the one hand, and the white officials of Uptown and the neighbouring Gurfurrit mine on the other. Wright’s storytelling is operatic and surreal: a blend of myth and scripture, politics and farce.

Praiseworthy is currently in audio production.
 

Register

This is a free online event open to all. 

Book today on our webinar registration page.