Winner of the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, Rhett Davis’ Hovering is a genre-bending, kaleidoscopic story about three people struggling to find connection in a chaotic and impermanent world. Acclaimed author of The Everlasting Sunday, Robert Lukins’ most recent novel, Loveland, follows protagonist May from Australia to Nebraska as she claims the house her silent and emotionally distant grandmother left her and is drawn into a web of long-kept secrets. Rhett and Robert join Michaela Kalowski to discuss their lyrical novels about finding connection and meaning in dark and uncertain places.

This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Rhett Davis (Australian)

Rhett Davis

Rhett Davis lives on Wadawurrung country in Geelong. He has published work in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, The Big Issue, Meanjin, and The Sleepers Almanac. He has a creative writing MFA from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from Deakin University. His debut novel, Hovering, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2020 and was published by Hachette Australia in 2022.

Robert Lukins (Australian)

Robert Lukins

Robert Lukins is a writer living in Melbourne. His debut novel, The Everlasting Sunday, was published in 2018 and was nominated for several major literary awards. His writing has appeared in Meanjin, Rolling Stone, Overland, The Big Issue, and other odd places. His latest novel is Loveland.

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.