With its beguiling theme ‘When We Talk About Love’, Melbourne Writers Festival opens on Fri 30 August and I’m thrilled to be a part of the program.
First up, on Saturday 31 August from 1.00-2.00PM, I’m chairing a panel called Watching Them Grow: From Page to Screen. Here’s the session blurb:
After spending months and sometimes years gestating a novel, what does it feel like to see it transformed into something new on the screen? Novelists Becky Albertalli (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda), Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi) and Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap) speak about the emotional tumult and letting go involved in adaptation. With Angela Savage.
I’m having such fun preparing for this panel. I read Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda then watched the film version, Love, Simon. I’m currently reading Melina Marchetta’s Looking for Alabrandi (confession: for the first time), before re-watching Looking for Alabrandi, the film. And I’ll be re-reading Loaded and re-watching Head On, as well as a re-watching a few episodes of Christos Tsiolkas’s other adaptations, The Slap and Barracuda.
‘Watching Them, Grow’ takes place at The Capitol, 115 Swanston St. Book here.
On Sunday 1 September from 10.00-11.00AM, I’ll be participating chair on the panel, Celebrating Victorian Writers. This event is close to my heart: not only does it celebrate 30 years of Writers Victoria, which I’ve had the privilege to helm since September 2017; but I put the panel together. Here’s the blurb:
Currently in its 30th year, Writers Victoria is the busiest writers centre in the country supporting the careers of countless writers. They bring together four greats – Melanie Cheng, Andy Jackson, Angela Savage, and Christos Tsiolkas – reading work produced in our own backyard.
I’ll be reading from my new novel Mother of Pearl, and I look forward to seeing what my friends and fellow writers Melanie, Christos and Andy will come up with. The session takes place at the Village Roadshow Theatrette at the State Library Victoria on Latrobe St. Book here.
Also on Sunday evening, I’ll be hosting Book Club with Brian Nankervis. Brian’s choice of book for discussion is Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe. I was delighted to get this gig, both for the opportunity to work with Brian again (after our Melbourne Postcard), and because it bumped Boy Swallows Universe up on my TBR pile. I ended up loving the book and can’t wait to hear Brian and other fans discuss it. The event is booked out.
Needless to say, I am also looking forward to attending events as a participant, including Bodies for Sale with Joanne Ramos and Emiliano Monge; and When We Talk About Bodies with Krissy Kneen, Jack Latimore, Caro Llewellyn and Rita Therese — just for starters.
Hope to see you there.