Maria Tumarkin is one of Australia’s most inventive and important non-fiction voices. Her latest book, Axiomatic, is her most pioneering yet. Part reportage, part philosophical meditation and part storytelling, it interrogates conventional wisdom about the role of the past in shaping the present. Previously nominated for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and The Age Book of the Year, Maria sits down with ABC’s Richard Fidler to discuss her boundary-shifting new work.

Maria Tumarkin (Australian)

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Maria Tumarkin writes books (three to date and a fourth on the way), reviews, essays and pieces for performance and radio; she teaches and translates, and collaborates with visual artists, psychologists and public historians. Maria's work has been published, performed, carved into dockside tiles, and set to music. Maria holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.

Richard Fidler (Australian)

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Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire: the story of his journey to Istanbul with his son Joe, to uncover the history of the lost civilisation of Byzantium. Richard is also the presenter of Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio. The Conversations podcast is the most downloaded show in Australia. In another life, he was a member of Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS), which played to audiences all over the world.