BOOKS & IDEAS: Alexis Wright

BOOKS & IDEAS: Alexis Wright


presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre


as part of the 2023 Sorrento Writers Festival


 

Celebrate Alexis Wright’s masterful new novel over a long lunch and in-depth conversation at Montalto’s award-winning Restaurant.




 

 



 

 

Since publishing Plains of Promisein 1997, Alexis Wright has risen to be one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. The multi-award-winning author of the novels Carpentariaand The Swan Book, Wright has also published three works of non-fiction: Take Power, an oral history of the Central Land Council; Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory; and Tracker, an award-winning collective memoir of Aboriginal leader Tracker Tilmouth.


Wright’s highly anticipated new novel Praiseworthyis a masterful allegory that acts as both an examination of climate disaster and a rallying cry against oppression.


This April, join the Wheeler Centre for a shared lunch at Montalto as Alexis Wright speaks with Daniel James about Praiseworthy, activism in writing, and her distinguished writing career.


 

 



 

 

Daniel is a Yorta Yorta Melbourne based writer. He is the winner of the 2018 Horne Prize for his essay Ten More Days. Daniel is a contributor to the Age, IndigenousX, SBS, Crikey, Croakey.

 

Born in Melbourne and raised on Taungurong country in North East Victoria, Daniel’s work explores notions of empathy, intergenerational trauma, hidden history and the political landscape that continues to shape the lives of Aboriginal people across the country.


His essay Ten More Days, explores the impacts of intergenerational trauma throughout the birth of modern Australia. Through the loss of his father, Daniel explores what it means to be Aboriginal in the modern context and the impacts the impacts that political and societal attitudes continue to have on Aboriginal people, their sense of place and their sense of land.


Daniel is currently working on his first manuscript which seeks to expand on these concepts.


 

 

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