Zoë Morrison’s debut novel Music and Freedom follows a gifted pianist who moves from rural Australia to Oxford. She falls for an economics professor, only to find out that he’s damaged, and she is trapped. This novel explores the dark terrain of violence and the transformative powers of music and love. Join Zoë, herself a pianist and Rhodes scholar, as she discusses her novel, which came to life in Oxford when she was supposed to be writing academic papers.

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Zoë Morrison (Australian)

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Zoë Morrison is the author of the novel Music and Freedom, which won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, was iBooks Australian Fiction Book of the Year for 2016, and is currently short-listed for the ALS Gold Medal. She has a DPhil in Human Geography from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes scholar, before working there as an academic. Her research and advocacy work has included the fields of gendered violence and social exclusion. Zoë also has an LMusA in piano performance.