Christos Tsiolkas is appearing at the Auckland Writers Festival this weekend. He is the Greek-Australian author of four novels and 'one of Australia's pre-eminent contemporary novelists' (The Age). Tsiolkas is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer.
His novels include Loaded (1995), which was made into the feature film Head-On, The Jesus Man (1999), Dead Europe (2005), which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award, and his most recent novel The Slap, where a man slaps a child (not his own) at a suburban barbeque, the consequences of which reverberate through the lives of all of the witnesses to the incident.
Tsiolkas lives in Melbourne. His visit to the Auckland Writers Festival is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.
The Wordshed' is a six part series of half-hour poetic TV shows, composed of interviews, readings, mini essays and performances by Australian and international poets and writers. Originally screened nationally on Access TV 31 and C31, the Wordshed has now been edited for YouTube and iTunes podcasts into individual Pinches, with each interview now viewable separately..
Presented by Johanna Featherstone, on behalf of the Writing and Society Research Group in the College of Arts, Education and Social Sciences at the University of Western Sydney .
Writers interviewed included David Malouf, Sonya Hartnett, Catherine Rey, Brian Castro, Luke Davies, John Tranter, Christos Tsiolkas and Peter Goldsworthy.