Thursday October 12, 2023
Melbourne Town Hall
90-120 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Linda D'Ornay & Romi Pellizzeri
Language/ Cultural Consultant
‘This story was inspired by one of the most intimate and confronting things we earthlings do each and every day: looking in the mirror. That still and illuminating moment when we see all of our irretrievable past and all of our tricky present and all of our possible futures.’
Before he found runaway success with his debut novel, Boy Swallows Universe, and follow-up All Our Shimmering Skies, Trent Dalton spent decades as a journalist investigating the real-life social inequities that underpin his third novel, Lola in the Mirror: poverty, violence, homelessness – and the power of hope.
The result is a moving, darkly funny story about life and death that is by turns heart-breaking and eye-opening. In conversation with musician and writer Clare Bowditch at Melbourne Town Hall, Dalton discusses Lola in the Mirror and the passion for social justice that inspired him to write it.
Presented in partnership with Readings.