Books and Ideas at Montalto: Alice Bishop - updated with live stream link

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre.

*Updated: This event was live-streamed, please enjoy a recording of it here: » view here

EVENT CANCELLATION | In response to public health advice, we have decided to take the precaution of cancelling this event. We apologise for any disappointment; the health and safety of our guests, staff and community remain our absolute priority. The Wheeler Centre will be in touch with you directly to organise full refunds.

However, in good news, our friends at The Wheeler Centre have set up a live stream of the event at the rescheduled time of 6.15 pm – 7.15 pm, Thursday 2nd April 2020. You can find the link on our Facebook Page under Events.

So grab a bottle of your favourite Montalto wine online, pour yourself a glass, kick back and tune in. And don’t forget to upload a photo to your socials and use our new hashtag #montaltoatmyplace - we’d love to see your set up!

As Australia reels from the trauma of devastating, unprecedented bushfires, many of us have been left searching for the language to process the grief and trauma of what’s been lost – and what the future might look like.

In recent years, writers have tried to articulate some of the questions that remain in the wake of a disaster, and in the shadow of a broader climate crisis. Alice Bishop is among them: her 2019 short story collection, A Constant Hum, offers a series of crystalline and poetic vignettes of heartache, anger and survival after the 2009 Black Saturday fires.

A Constant Hum’s haunting stories are drawn from experience. Bishop grew up in Christmas Hills, and her family home was razed on Black Saturday. Her writing has been widely praised for its stunning detail, and its gripping and attentive language – and, sadly, its renewed immediacy. At Montalto this March, join Alice Bishop for a conversation, hosted by Elizabeth McCarthy, about regrowth, resilience, and its cost.

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