Live-stream: Alice Bishop

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
2 April 2020
Author / Presenters: 
Alice Bishop and Elizabeth McCarthy

This event will now take place online only, as part of our preventative measures to stem the spread of  the coronavirus. It's been rescheduled – for 6.15pm–7.15pm, Thursday 2 April 2020. Watch it from this page; sign up for a reminder email here.

If you have a ticket for this event, you'll hear from us directly this week via email. Refunds will be provided. You can find more information about our response to the COVID-19 coronavirus here.

As Australia reels from the trauma of devastating, unprecedented bushfires, many of us have been left searching for the language to process the grief and trauma of what’s been lost – and what the future might look like.

In recent years, writers have tried to articulate some of the questions that remain in the wake of a disaster, and in the shadow of a broader climate crisis. Alice Bishop is among them: her 2019 short story collection, A Constant Hum, offers a series of crystalline and poetic vignettes of heartache, anger and survival after the 2009 Black Saturday fires.

A Constant Hum’s haunting stories are drawn from experience. Bishop grew up in Christmas Hills, and her family home was razed on Black Saturday. Her writing has been widely praised for its stunning detail, and its gripping and attentive language – and, sadly, its renewed immediacy. With our live-stream, join Alice Bishop for a conversation about regrowth, resilience, and its cost.

Presented in partnership with Montalto.

Books and Ideas at Montalto: Alice Bishop