Having penned two of the past year’s most acclaimed novels, Miles Allinson and Emily Bitto share the stage to discuss their stories of characters searching for identity and meaning within fractured realities. Miles talks about In Moonland, a family portrait of three generations that stretches from the wild idealism of the 70s to the fragile hopes for the future. Emily sheds light on Wild Abandon, her tale of a lonely outsider who travels from Australia to America’s heartland trying to find his place in a late-capitalist world. Miles and Emily are interviewed by Michaela Kalowski.
Miles Allinson's first novel, Fever of Animals won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2014 among other prizes. His second novel In Moonland was published in September 2021. He has been a writer in residence at the University of Madras, Chennai and is a former Creative Fellow at the State Library, Victoria.