From Colum McCann, National Book Award winner and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin, comes Apeirogon: A Novel, an epic story of a real-life friendship between two men – an Israeli and a Palestinian. This soaring novel has drawn wide praise: The Observer calls it “expertly constructed, poetically vivid”; Michael Cunningham says it is “nothing like any book you’ve ever read ... an entirely unprecedented, and profoundly true, narrative form”. In his first trip to Australia in 20 years, Colum meets with ABC Radio’s Philip Clark to discuss his tour de force on hopes and harsh realities in Israel and Palestine.

Supported by Culture Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney.

Colum McCann (International)

Colum McCann

Colum McCann is the author of seven novels and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China and an Oscar nomination. In 2017, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. His work has been published in more than 40 languages. He is the Co-Founder of the non-profit global story exchange organisation, Narrative 4, and he teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College. His latest novel is Apeirogon, a story of two fathers in Israel and Palestine.

Philip Clark (Australian)

Philip Clark

Philip Clark is a well-known ABC broadcaster who currently presents Nightlife, an Australia-wide program on ABC Radio from Monday to Thursday. The program features interviews and specialist comment and opinion from a wide range of contributors. Philip has presented widely across the ABC and commercial media in both radio and television. Prior to joining the ABC, he worked as a lawyer, ministerial staffer and as a senior journalist with Fairfax Media.