David Mitchell in conversation with Michaela Kalowski
David Mitchell + Michaela Kalowski
#About the event
David Mitchell's Utopia Avenue is the story of "the biggest British band you've never heard of" - a Sixties band that never was. It's a kaleidoscopic novel, part history, part fiction - a catalogue of 1960s counterculture.
Join us for a special livestream as David Mitchell and Michaela Kalowski discuss creating a fictitious band at the heart of the story, but surrounding them with a cast of real musicians, from Joplin to Lennon, Cohen, Bowie and Hendrix.
Michaela explores David's back catalogue, exploring themes across his work - fate and fatalism, power and causality, the relationship between predator and prey - as well as the interconnectedness of his novels. They will explore the complexities of plotting through map-making, and how David sees places, time, and people, connecting and affecting one another.
Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer, moderator and curator for writers and ideas festivals. In 2023 she's the curator and interviewer of Brisbane Writers Festival's online series The Second Book, and curator of ABC RN's on-air writers festival, Big Weekend of Books. She's conducted radio interviews for ABC RN's The Music Show, Big Ideas and The Bookshelf, ABC Classic and has presented programs across ABC radio. Recent interviews include Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Trent Dalton and Robert Jones Jr.