Two of the biggest names in Australian literature, Michelle de Kretser (Scary Monsters) and Christos Tsiolkas (7 1/2) come together to discuss their latest books. These thrilling contributions to already stellar careers take them in new directions as they play with form and voice while asking questions of their own work and the world. Don’t miss what promises to be a fascinating exchange between these prize-winning writers, with host Roanna Gonsalves.

The authors appear thanks to the support of David Fite and Catherine Norman.

This event is open captioned.

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

Christos Tsiolkas (Australian)

Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of seven novels, including Loaded, The Jesus Man and Dead Europe. His novel, The Slap, won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal, and was announced as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year. His sixth novel, Damascus, won the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. Christos is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. His latest novel is 7 1/2.

Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)

Roanna Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves is the award-winning author of the acclaimed collection of short fiction The Permanent Resident. Her writing has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri. Her four-part radio series On the tip of a billion tongues (ABC Radio National Earshot) is an acerbic portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award and works as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at UNSW.