Max Porter fortifies his reputation as one of the most daring writers of his generation with Lanny, an astonishing tapestry of fabulism and domestic drama. Dripping with the anarchy, humour and enchantment readers will recognise from Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Lanny is the story of an English boy who attracts the attention of a mythical, menacing force. Wheeler Centre Director Michael Williams talks with Max about his pulse-racing warning about what we stand to lose and a hymn to everything we will never fully understand.

Supported by ARA.

Max Porter (International)

Max Porter

Max Porter's extraordinary debut Grief Is the Thing with Feathers — part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief — was published to widespread acclaim in 2015. It has been sold in 28 territories and saw Max win the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Europese Literatuurprijs and the BAMB Readers’ Award. It was also shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. Complicité and Wayward’s theatre production of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers has been staged in Dublin and London, and had its Off-Broadway premiere in New York in April of this year. Porter's latest novel is Lanny.

Michael Williams (Australian)

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. A sometime Radio National presenter, he remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked in publishing and as a presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR (on Breakfasters), as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere.