Wheeler Centre: Words & Music with Hannah Kent and Lior - AUS, VIC


The Substation, 5:00PM - 6:00PM, Saturday 26 July 2014

All of our lives have soundtracks. We cherish certain songs that have meant something to us in our lives, and lyrics that have helped us through tough times and inspired us to do better, or think differently. Similarly, most of us have a mental shortlist of seminal books, short stories or poems that have made a difference to us – pieces of writing that have formed who we are.

Who do our favourite writers listen to? What do the musicians we admire love to read? In the second instalment of Words and Music, debut novelist Hannah Kent, whose book Burial Rites has been an international sensation, is joined by ARIA-award-nominated singer/songwriter Lior, whose first albumAutumn Flow is one of the most successful Australian releases in recent history.

Hannah will tell us about two pieces of music that have inspired her work as a writer, while Lior reveals two pieces of writing that have helped shape his musical direction. We eavesdrop on their exchange of treasures, and the conversation that ensues.

This event is hosted by Genevieve Lacey, at the Substation in Newport.

Presented in partnership with The Substation.

Tickets & Bookings: $20 and $12 concession. Make a booking

Venue: The Substation, 1 Market Street Newport Victoria 3015

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Wheeler Centre: Good Conversation, Great Wine - AUS, VIC



Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove, 7:00PM - 10:00PM, Friday 25 July 2014

Hannah Kent’s debut novel Burial Rites has been shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction. Featuring the curious case of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman to be hanged in Iceland, it was one of the international success stories of 2013.

Join her as she recounts how she came to write the story of this misunderstood woman, in conversation with Jo Case.

Arrive 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

Good conversation. Great wine.

This winter, the Wheeler Centre will transport a taste of the best Australian writing to the Mornington Peninsula.

On selected Friday nights, you can enjoy all the elements of the very best dinner party, courtesy of us: great guests, stimulating conversation and excellent food and wine.

Some of your favourite local writers will be interviewed in the gorgeous surrounds of the Montalto dining room, while you eat, drink and relax.

Tickets & Bookings: $50 inclusive of food. Wine charged on consumption at Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove.

Venue: Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove33 Shoreham Road Red Hill South Victoria 3937

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Emerging Writers' Festival: When Australians Go Abroad - AUS, VIC


Sunday 1 June, 12.00pm - 1.00pm, Swanston Hall, Melbourne Town Hall.

How do Australian writers fare overseas? What happens when an Australian writer writes a book set in Iceland? What research is needed to set any Australian book overseas, and how does writing about an international setting speak to your own roots? These writers are often out of the country – while they’re here, catch them speaking before they go jetsetting again to the next new location for chapter two.

With Hannah Kent, Ender Baskan and Jo Randerson. Hosted by André Dao.

This event is part of the EWF National Writers' Conference, 21 May - 1 June.For tickets to the conference, please look here.

Learn more about The Emerging Writers' Festival.