Double Booked Club: Melanie Cheng and Omar Sakr (Wheeler Centre) [Melbourne]
Friday June 7, 2019 - 12:30 PM
The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Anna Vost & Benji Hoopman
Language/ Cultural Consultant:
About the Show
Double Booked returns in June, with a conversation between two superb Australian writers. Omar Sakr and Melanie Cheng are two very different voices with very different styles, but over the past few years, both have blasted welcome fresh air into the Australian literary scene.
Melanie Cheng is a GP as well as a writer and her debut short-story collection, Australia Day, won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction. Her new book, Room for a Stranger, is a novel set in Melbourne, about the unlikely friendship between an older woman and a young student from Hong Kong.
Omar Sakr’s second book of poetry, The Lost Arabs, has been described as a ‘seething, urgent collection’ about sexuality, divinity and redemption. His debut collection, These Wild Houses, was critically acclaimed and shortlisted for several awards including the Kenneth Slessor Prize.
Hosted by Khalid Warsame, the pair will discuss their work at a lunchtime session in June. To get you started, we have an excerpt from Room for a Stranger (courtesy Text Publishing) and two poems from The Lost Arabs (courtesy UQP).
Ahead of the event, we’ll send you some readings to get you started.
Can’t make it in person? Watch and participate from wherever you are – the event will be live-streamed, and you can sign up for reminders below.