Stories set in Melbourne with Alice Pung
City of Melbourne Libraries
How do you write about a sense of place without resorting to cliches or shortcuts? How do you being a very small and particular location to a general global audience so that it is fascinating, vivid and full of character? This workshop explores techniques and practical exercises in writing about Melbourne. Free, bookings essential. About Alice: Alice Pung OAM is the current Artist in Residence at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor at RMIT University's School of Media and Communication. She is the author of the bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her debut novel Laurinda won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her second novel, One Hundred Days, was shortlisted for the 2022 Miles Franklin Award, and has been optioned into a film. She is also the author of children’s books including Be Careful, Xiao Xin! (illustrated by Sher Rill Ng), When Granny Came to Stay, the Meet Marly books, and Millie Mak the Maker series. Alice was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to literature in 2022.
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