Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize, Damon Galgut discusses his novel The Promise: a menacing and at times mordantly funny drama that charts the deep hurts and injustices of South Africa’s past and present. It was hailed by Booker judges as “a spectacular demonstration of how the novel can make us see and think afresh”. Damon sits down for  an intimate and illuminating conversation with his longtime friend, Miles Franklin–winning author Michelle de Kretser, whose newest novel Scary Monsters tackles similarly big themes with an equally unsparing eye. Damon will be appearing live in person.

Damon Galgut appears thanks to the support of Rosie Block.

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Damon Galgut (International)

Damon Galgut

Damon Galgut is the author of nine novels. He won the Booker Prize 2021 for The Promise, having been shortlisted for the prize twice before (The Good Doctor and In A Strange Room). He lives and works in Cape Town.

Michelle de Kretser (Australian)

Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser is a writer and critic who was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Australia. Her fiction has won several awards, including the Miles Franklin, and is published across the world. Her most recent novel Scary Monsters was published in 2021