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Our 2017 Writer-in-Residence, Chloe Hooper

We’re delighted to welcome acclaimed author Chloe Hooper to Melbourne Recital Centre as our inaugural Writer-in-Residence in 2017.

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.

In residence throughout the year, Chloe will be focussing on our Great Performers series, observing, interacting and responding to audiences and artists as they share the experience of live music.

Chloe’s first piece as Writer-in-Residence features Russian super-virtuoso Daniil Trifonov. Following his sold-out concert in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Daniil hosted a master class in the Salon with three University students and their audience. Chloe went along to document the class, penning her observations in a piece you can now read online at The Monthly.

Chloe’s residency offers an extended opportunity for her to engage with the Centre and amplify the marvellous events presented here in 2017. We look forward to sharing Chloe’s work with you throughout the year.