Having penned two of the past year’s most acclaimed novels, Miles Allinson and Emily Bitto share the stage to discuss their stories of characters searching for identity and meaning within fractured realities. Miles talks about In Moonland, a family portrait of three generations that stretches from the wild idealism of the 70s to the fragile hopes for the future. Emily sheds light on Wild Abandon, her tale of a lonely outsider who travels from Australia to America’s heartland trying to find his place in a late-capitalist world. Miles and Emily are interviewed by Michaela Kalowski.

Emily Bitto (Australian)

Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. She has a Masters in Literary Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Her debut novel, The Strays, won the 2015 Stella Prize. Her second novel, Wild Abandon, was published in 2021. She has been teaching creative writing for over a decade and is currently a tutor at the Faber Writing Academy. She is also the co-owner of Carlton wine bar Heartattack and Vine.

Miles Allinson (Australian)

Miles Allinson

Miles Allinson's first novel, Fever of Animals won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2014 among other prizes. His second novel In Moonland was published in September 2021. He has been a writer in residence at the University of Madras, Chennai and is a former Creative Fellow at the State Library, Victoria.

Michaela Kalowski (Australian)

Michaela Kalowski

Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer, moderator and curator for writers and ideas festivals. In 2022 she's curator of International Author events for Brisbane Writers Festival & curator of ABC RN's on-air writers festival, Big Weekend of Books. She's conducted radio interviews for ABC RN's The Music Show, Big Ideas and The Bookshelf, ABC Classic and has presented programs across ABC radio.