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Alice Pung - Close to Home


“Alice Pung is a gem. Her voice is the real thing.” —Amy Tan

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In 2006, Alice Pung published Unpolished Gem, her award-winning memoir of growing up Chinese-Australian in working-class Footscray. Since then, she has written on everything from the role of grandparents, to the corrosive effects of racism; from the importance of literature, to the legacy of her parents’ migration from Cambodia as asylum seekers.

In all of this, a central thread is the idea of home: how the places we live and the connections we form shape who we become, and what homecoming can mean to those who build their lives in Australia. Her latest collection, Close to Home brings together some of her most loved writing. Warm, funny, moving and unfailingly honest, this is Alice Pung at her best — an irresistible delight for fans and new readers alike.

Meet Alice in conversation with Sam Vincent about life, observation, home and the wonder of writing.

Tickets: $15 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or juice)


Alice Pung is an award-winning Melbourne writer, whose books include Unpolished Gem, Her Father's Daughter, Laurinda and Close to Home. She is the current artist in residence at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne. She also writes for the Monthly magazine. 

Sam Vincent is a writer and farmer. His first book, Blood and Guts: Dispatches from the Whale Wars, was longlisted for the Walkley Book Award, and shortlisted for ACT Book of the Year. His work has been published in the Monthly, Griffith Review and The Best Australian Essays.