In Conversation with Chloe Hooper

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Our 2017 Writer-in-Residence Chloe Hooper in a special In Conversation event.

A natural storyteller, Chloe has a knack for observing people and their responses to performance.

Chloe first novel, A Child’s Book of True Crime (2002), was a New York Times Notable Book and short-listed for the Orange Prize. Her non-fiction work, The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island (2008) won the Victorian, New South Wales, West Australian and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, as well as the John Button Prize for Political Writing, and a Ned Kelly for Crime Writing. Her non-fiction work, spanning boxing to paleontology, has been awarded two Walkley Awards. Her last novel The Engagement was published internationally in 2012, and a non-fiction work, The Arsonist, will be released in late 2017. She hopes to now write a book on music and performance.

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Chloe Hooper writer
Michael Williams mediator


This production is part of the following series:

Talking About Music

If you want to go deeper into what makes music work or the effect it has on our mind and wellbeing, Melbourne Recital Centre regularly presents informative and entertaining talks.


In 2018 we welcome internationally acclaimed recorder virtuoso and artistic director Genevieve Lacey as our Artist-in-Residence.