This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 15  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Music, Fiction
How do you write about the sensory experience of sound, music and silence? New Zealand author and classically-trained violinist Anna Smaill was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year for her novel The Chimes. Mireille Juchau won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction for The World Without Us. Mireille and Anna talk to Felicity Plunkett about the power of sound, the threat of silence and the way they can both be revealed with words.

Thursday 19 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Anna Smaill (International)

Anna Smaill was born in Auckland in 1979. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD from University College London. Her first book of poetry The Violinist in Spring was published by Victoria University Press in 2005. The Chimes, her debut novel (Sceptre), was recognised as a Bookseller Best Debut of 2015, by The Huffington Post as 'One to Watch', and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She currently lives in Wellington with her husband and daughter.

Mireille Juchau (Australian)

Mireille Juchau is a novelist, essayist and critic. Her third novel, The World Without Us, won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her second novel, Burning In (2007), was shortlisted for four awards including the 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and was published in France and Croatia. Mireille has written an international award-winning play and was longlisted in the 2015 international Notting Hill Essay Prize. Her short fiction, and literature and art criticism are widely published.

Felicity Plunkett (Australian)

Felicity Plunkett is a poet and critic. Her first collection Vanishing Point (UQP, 2009) won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize and was short-listed for several other awards. Her chapbook Seastrands (2011) was published in Vagabond Press’ Rare Objects series. She is Poetry Editor with University of Queensland Press and the editor of Thirty Australian Poets (UQP, 2011). Her reviews and essays appear in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Book Review, Sydney Review of Books etc.



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