Closing Address with Alexis Wright (streamed in appearance)
Queensland Terrace, slq
Special Event / Free event
#About the event
Duration: 90 minutes
The peerless Alexis Wright will close the 2023 Brisbane Writers Festival with a powerful exploration of apocalypse and creation. In this stirring speech, Wright probes the possibility for revelation in humanity’s existential crisis, the rediscovery of ancient modes of being and perceiving, and the critical role of storytellers in this moment of peril. Join one of Australia’s finest literary minds for an address that unifies philosophy and prophecy, bringing this year’s festival to a rousing and provocative climax.
Presented by The University of Queensland.
The University of Queensland
Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book, Wright has published three works of non-fiction: Take Power, an oral history of the Central Land Council; Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory; and Tracker, an award-winning collective memoir of Aboriginal leader, Tracker Tilmouth. Her books have been published widely overseas, including in China, the US, the UK, Italy, France and Poland. She held the position of Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne between 2017–2022. Wright is the only author to win both the Miles Franklin Award (in 2007 for Carpentaria) and the Stella Prize (in 2018 for Tracker). Her third novel, Praiseworthy, was published by Giramondo in April 2023.