February 5, 2020
Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre.
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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