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State of the (Writing) Nation: Alice Pung

The State of the (Writing) Nation is Writers Victoria’s annual address from a prominent Australian writer. It’s a chance to reflect on what’s happening and where we’re heading in Australian literature and publishing. Award-winning novelist, memoirist and editor Alice Pung will give the 2021 address.

William Hazlitt wrote that ‘the smallest pain in our little finger causes us more concern than the destruction of our fellow human beings’. In her address, Pung will consider what kind of writing matters in the face of our small hurts and large griefs, and take an unflinching look at the excessive weight we place on literature to ameliorate our feelings. If you’re only half-grudgingly woke, is it better to just stay asleep? Pung will explore the pitfalls of this self-motivated obsession with using literature to educate, and examine whose expense it comes at.

Shu-Ling Chua, author of ‘Echoes’, will also deliver a short reading. Hosted by Writers Victoria patron Christos Tsiolkas.


Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre. All proceeds from this event will support writers who experience financial barriers to access professional development and networking opportunities.

The online bookseller for this event is Amplify Bookstore.


State of the (Writing) Nation: Alice Pung
Broadcast: Tuesday 16 November
Time: 6:30PM–7:30PM 
Tickets: Pay what you can
Host: Christos Tsiolkas
Speakers: Alice Pung, Shu-Ling Chua
Official Bookseller: Amplify Bookstore

Book your tickets now via the Wheeler Centre website.




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