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Literature Real and Imagined

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Why do we love our literature with literary characters and bookish narratives? 

Think Virginia Woolf in The Hours or Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights series which delves so deliciously into the inner workings of NYC’s publishing world – readers love to read about writers and readers.

Join two such writers who use real and imagined literary characters to explore what it means to be a writer, a character, a reader: Sulari Gentill and 2017 Vogel Prize winner Marija Pericic.

Sulari’s delightfully satirical Crossing the Lines brings together two protagonists and several plotlines, a murdered book editor and a contemplation of how genres compete and how writers construct characters and plot; Marija Pericic’s The Lost Pages took inspiration from the dispute over a literary estate and explores (and subverts) the frenemyship of Franz Kafka and Max Brodt.

In conversation with literary lady about town, Deb Stevens.

Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or soft drink)


Sulari Gentill went to university to study astrophysics, and came out a lawyer.  She’s still not quite sure how that happened, but maintains that the practise of law is an excellent apprenticeship for writing fiction. Sulari’s debut novel, A Few Right Thinking Men was shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best First Book, Pacific and South East Asian Region.  Since then she has released a further 11 novels, including the award-winning Rowland Sinclair Mysteries and the Hero Trilogy based on myths and legends of the ancient world.  

Marija Peričić is a writer based in Melbourne. Her first novel, The Lost Pages, won The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2017. She studied English Literature at The University of Western Australia and The University of Melbourne and teaches English Language at Deakin University.

Earlier Event: February 27
The Long Table - Lloyd Jones
Later Event: March 9
Turn Me On - Festival Opening