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Date: 20 October

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript has an impressive track record for unearthing major literary talent. The winner of the 2016 Award, Melanie Cheng, joined an outstanding alumni, including Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project), Maxine Beneba Clarke (Foreign Soil) and Jane Harper (The Dry).


Cheng’s winning work, Australia Day, is a collection of short stories presenting a rich and detailed mosaic of contemporary Australian life. Exploring themes of home and human connection, the novel poses subtle questions about faultlines in Australian society. Cheng – who was born in Adelaide, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne – writes with sensitivity, humour and bite. Her achievement as an author is remarkable on a number of levels, not least because she balances writing with her career as a doctor.

In conversation at Montalto, this rising star of the Australian literary world will discuss inspiration, identity and the short-story form.

7.00pm  – 9.00pm

Tickets: $70, plus 30c booking fee, inclusive of food; wine charged on consumption.