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Writers on Writers: Musings in the City
Saturday, May 23 2015
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Cities can bring art to life, just as art can bring cities to life. Writers Patti Miller and Amit Chaudhuri have written odes to the cities they can’t stay away from, filled with meditations on the writers that inspired and accompanied them on their wanderings. In Paris, Patti is joined by Montaigne, Rousseau and de Beauvoir as she journeys through the streets. Calcutta is Amit’s childhood mecca. When he returns to live there and write about modernity, he recalls the writings of Baudelaire, Bengali poets, Kipling and many more. They speak with Krissy Kneen.
Patti Miller (Australian)
Patti Miller grew up on Wiradjuri land, dreaming of Paris. She is the author of the award-winning memoir The Mind of a Thief, which has been set for the VCE English curriculum. She has written best-selling writing texts, Writing Your Life and The Memoir Book, as well as a novel and three memoirs, including Ransacking Paris, published in 2015, a self-reflection of a year writing in Paris with the ghosts of Montaigne, Rousseau and de Beauvoir as companions. She is Australia’s foremost memoir teacher, holding workshops in Sydney and Paris.
Amit Chaudhuri is a multi-award winning author and internationally acclaimed musician and essayist. He has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction forFreedom Song: Three Novels, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Infosys Prize for Humanities - Literary Studies. Amit’s new novel is Odysseus Abroad and his most recent work of non-fiction is Calcutta: Two Years in the City. He is a contributor to the London Review of Books, Granta, and The Times Literary Supplement, is a professor of contemporary literature at the University of East Anglia and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Krissy Kneen is a bookseller and writer living in Brisbane. Her memoir, Affection, was published in 2009 and shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the ABIA Award in 2010. Kris is also the author of the erotic adventure, Triptych, which was published in 2011. Steeplechase, her first novel and first non-erotic work, was published in 2013. The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine is published in 2015.