The Desert Island Books series asks a distinguished line-up to share what eight books would keep them company if they were castaways. A bookish homage to the similarly named BBC show, this session features award-winning author Ceridwen Dovey in conversation with Wheeler Centre Director Michael Williams. Ceridwen (In the Garden of the Fugitives and Only the Animals) reflects on her most well-thumbed books, the elusive factor that makes a text re-readable and how these seminal works made their way into her life.

Supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

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Ceridwen Dovey (Australian)

Ceridwen Dovey

Ceridwen Dovey is the author of In the Garden of the Fugitives, Blood Kin, and the short story collection Only the Animals, winner of the inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award. Her latest book is Writers on Writers: On J.M. Coetzee, published as part of Black Inc.'s Writers on Writers series.

Michael Williams (Australian)

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. A sometime Radio National presenter, he remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked in publishing and as a presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR (on Breakfasters), as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere.