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Literature Lessons: Aftermath by Preti Taneja

In 2024, Writers Victoria is delighted to introduce Literature Lessons, an evening seminar series that hovers between craft talk, reading group and workshop. Led by experienced writers, focusing on their sources of inspiration, you’ll take craft cues from interesting texts and find new ways to approach your own work. These sessions involve discussion of writing and film and include exercises designed to help you put the lessons into practice. This Literature Lesson features Maria Tumarkin on Preti Taneja’s Aftermath, a genre-blurring exploration of atrocity and grief. 


  • When: Wednesday 18 September, 6.30–7.30pm
  • Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • With: Maria Tumarkin

About the Tutor

Photo of Maria Tumarkin
A photo of Maria Tumarkin.

Maria Tumarkin writes books, essays, reviews, and pieces for performance and radio; she collaborates with sound and visual artists and has had her work carved into dockside tiles. She is the author of four books of ideas. Her latest book, Axiomatic, won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature and was named a New Yorker Top 10 Book of 2019. Tumarkin is a recipient of the 2020 Windham Campbell Prize in the non-fiction category. She holds a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne, where she teaches in the creative writing program. 

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