In his electrifying contribution to the Writers on Writers series, author Christos Tsiolkas recounts his year spent reading Patrick White and his rediscovery of the literary great. On Patrick White is a vivid celebration of the Nobel Prize–winning author’s work that asks: What does it mean to us now? In conversation with writer Michelle de Kretser, Christos speaks about the author he believes “did more than any other writer in the twentieth century to create an imaginative language that we can call ‘Australian’”.

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Christos Tsiolkas (Australian)

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Christos Tsiolkas is the author of the novels Loaded (filmed as Head On by Ana Kokkinos), The Jesus Man, Dead Europe (adapted into a film by Tony Krawitz), The Slap and Barracuda (both adapted as mini-series by Matchbox Films and the ABC). He has also co-authored the dialogue, Jump Cuts: An Autobiography with Sasha Soldatow. His short story collection, Merciless Gods was published in 2016 and adapted into a stage show by Little Ones Theatre Co. His latest book is a monograph on Patrick White for the Writers on Writers series. Christos is also a scriptwriter, playwright and essayist, and the film critic for The Saturday Paper.

Michelle de Kretser (Australian)

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Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Sydney. She is the author of five novels, the most recent of which is The Life to Come. Her previous novel, Questions of Travel won the Miles Franklin Award. Michelle's fiction is published across the world and has won numerous awards.