“I knew that the world around you is only uninteresting if you can’t see what is really going on. The place you come from is always the most exotic place you’ll ever encounter because it is the only place where you recognise how many secrets and mysteries there are in people’s lives.” – David Malouf

David Malouf is a legend of Australian letters. For almost half a century, starting with the release of his semi-autobiographical debut Johnno in 1975, his award-winning and celebrated novels, short stories and essays have offered peerless insights into our inner lives and the spaces between things. In our Closing Night Address, this 2016 recipient of the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature reflects on the world within our reach – and the ideas worth striving for.

This event is open captioned.

David Malouf is supported by Kathy and Greg Shand.

David Malouf (Australian)

David Malouf

David Malouf was born in Queensland, Australia in 1934 and became a full-time writer in 1978. He has published poetry, novels, short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and has been widely translated. His recent publications include Ransom, a novel inspired by a part of Homer’s Iliad, and Earth Hour, a poetry collection. He was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2011 and received the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature in 2016. His most recent volume of poetry is An Open Book.