In this rare People of Letters show, writers, performers and well-known Australians are paired off and invited to write ‘a letter to my other half’. The stage will be awash with warmth and curious tales of affection, bringing together the heady combination of sentiment and sauvignon blanc that audiences have grown to know and love. Featuring Lee Lin Chin and Chris Leben, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist, Jodi Phillis and Trish Young, Melanie Joosten and Rajith Savanadasa, and Melina Marchetta and Pia Miranda. With Angie Hart.
Mark Colvin and Tommy Murphy will no longer be appearing at this event.
Melina Marchetta (Australian)
Melina Marchetta is the writer of ten novels which includes the multi-award winning Looking For Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, and the 2009 Michael L Printz Award winner On the Jellicoe Road. In 2011, her novel The Piper’s Son was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. She has also written a fantasy trilogy, The Lumatere Chronicles, as well as crime novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, which was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. Her latest work is The Place on Dalhousie and the children's series What Zola Did on Monday. In 2020, the film adaptation of Looking For Alibrandi celebrated its 20th anniversary. It won the Australian Film Institute Award, an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. Melina has also written for the award-winning TV series, Dance Academy. Melina's work has been translated into 18 languages and published in 20 countries.