Michelle de Kretser in Conversation with Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Michelle de Kretser

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Australian novelist Michelle de Kretser, winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award for Questions of Travel, discusses her new novel The Life to Come with Ellah Wakatama Allfrey.  

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. She went to university in Melbourne and Paris, and is an honorary associate of the English Department at the University of Sydney. She is the author of four other novels: The Rose Grower (1999), The Hamilton Case (2003), The Lost Dog (2007), which was longlisted for both the Man Booker and the Orange Prize, and Questions of Travel (2013), which won several prizes including the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award. She lives in Sydney.

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is the founding Publishing Director of The Indigo Press. A London-based editor and critic, she was on the judging panel of the 2017 Dublin International Literary Award and the 2015 Man Booker Prize. In 2016, she was Visiting Professor & Global Intercultural Scholar at Goshen College, Indiana and was Guest Master for the 2016 Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation international journalism fellowship in Cartagena, Colombia. The former deputy editor of Granta magazine, she was senior editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House and assistant editor at Penguin. She is series editor of the Kwani Manuscript Project and the editor of Africa39 (Bloomsbury, 2014) and the anthology Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction (Dundurn/Cassava Republic). Her journalism has appeared in the Telegraph, Guardian and Observer newspapers and in Spectator magazine. She has also been a regular contributor to the book pages of NPR. Her broadcasting includes reviews for NPR’s All Things Considered and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review. She is a trustee of The Royal Literary Fund and the Caine Prize for African Writing. In 2011 she was awarded an OBE for services to the publishing industry.

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