Books & Ideas: Jennifer Down, in conversation with acclaimed writer Melanie Cheng. Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre.
Enjoy a long lunch at Montalto with 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Jennifer Down, in conversation with acclaimed writer Melanie Cheng - the award-winning author of Australia Day and Room for a Stranger –about the creative and societal importance of not looking away.
Jennifer Down is one of the most acclaimed writers currently working in Australia. Since her debut novel, Our Magic Hour, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2014, she has published three works of fiction, has twice been named Sydney Morning HeraldYoung Novelist of the Year, and received numerous accolades including the 2018 Readings Prize and, most recently, the 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel Bodies of Light.
Following one woman’s turbulent life from the 1970s to the present, Bodies of Lightlays bare the destructive legacies of our public institutions and invites readers to engage with complex ethical dilemmas through Down’s nuanced, empathetic characterisation.