Books & Ideas: Jock Serong, in conversation with Lucy Treloar. Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre.
Uncover untold histories with author Jock Serong over a long lunch at Montalto.
Jock Serong has won praise for his probing historical novels Preservation and The Burning Island,which earned him the ARA Historical Novel Prize, the Colin Roderick Award, the Ned Kelly Award for First Fiction and, internationally, the inaugural Staunch Prize (UK) and the Historia Award for Historical Crime Fiction (France).
Serong’s latest book, The Settlement, explores the origins of the Wybalenna settlement on Flinders Island in the Bass Strait. By delicately unpicking the colonial apparatus that enabled Wybalenna, Serong shines a light on the horrors of the past and explores the role of collective responsibility in the face of cruelty.
For the final Books and Ideas at Montalto for the year, Serong joins author Lucy Treloar to discuss his approach to uncovering untold histories and the complexities of colonial stories in 2022.
Jock Serong’s novels have received the ARA Historical Novel Prize, the Colin Roderick Award, the Ned Kelly Award for First Fiction and, internationally, the inaugural Staunch Prize (UK) and the Historia Award for Historical Crime Fiction (France). He lives with his family on Victoria’s far west coast.
Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in England, Sweden and Melbourne. Her novel Salt Creek (2015) won the Dobbie Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the UK's Walter Scott Prize. Wolfe Island (2019), her second novel, won the Barbara Jefferis Award and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's and NSW Literary Awards. She is a previous winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific region).
Lucy's essays and short fiction have appeared in publications including The Saturday Paper, Meanjin, The Age, AEU Magazine, Overland and Best Australian Stories.
A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, Lucy works as a writer and occasional creative writing teacher. She lives in inner Melbourne with her family and two whippets, and is currently writing her third novel.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Montalto for the final Books & Ideas event of this year.
~ John & Wendy Mitchell, Heidi Williams
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