UNSWriting: Award-Winning Author Mireille Juchau In Conversation with Stephanie Bishop

When:7 Oct 2015, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio, UNSW
Who:Mireille Juchau
Mireille Juchau

Presented by UNSWriting

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It has been six months since Tess Müller stopped speaking. Her silence is baffling to her parents, her teachers and her younger sister Meg. The girls’ secluded lives in a northern rainforest town are shaken up when their father Stefan discovers human remains on their farm.

As locals in the transient community speculate on who has gone missing, Tess and Meg have a more urgent mystery. Where does their mother Evangeline go each day, pushing an empty pram and returning home muddy and dishevelled?

One day Tess's teacher Jim stumbles across Evangeline by the wild Repentance River. Jim is in flight from his own troubles in Sydney, and Evangeline is in search of elusive truths about her time in a mountain commune. Their charged encounter propels Evangeline’s past into the present and sparks a change in all their lives.

As the forest trees are felled and the lakes fill with run-off from the expanding mines, the landscape of the family undergoes shifts of its own. When the rainy season descends and they become separated, each of the Müllers will be forced to decide where they truly belong.

"Mireille Juchau’s The World Without Us is too warmly engaged with the human to be a ‘climate change’ novel, too coolly cerebral to be mistaken for another middlebrow story of love gone awry. It is, however, a sensual, intelligent, mindful book about the ways in which our individual stories mesh with larger narratives of nature and world...I found it a symbolically loaded and exquisitely written novel about a society at the end of its psychological and ecological tether." 

Geordie Williamson
Chief literary critic at The Australian

Join us for a drink in the Io Myers Studio bar!
Happy hour 5.30 - 6.30pm
All beer, wine and ciders $5 


Mireille JuchauMireille Juchau is a critically acclaimed and accomplished Australian novelist. The World Without Us is her third novel. Her previous novel Burning In, was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award 2008, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2008, the Age Book of the Year Award 2008 and the Nita B. Kibble Award 2008. Her debut, Machines for Feeling was shortlisted for the 1999 Vogel/Australian Literary Award. She is also known for her short fiction, essays and reviews and her international award winning play, White Gifts, was performed and published in the US. @MireilleJuchau www.mireillejuchau.com

Stephanie BishopEmerging Australian writer, Stephanie Bishop’s first novel was The Singing, for which she was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists. Her second novel, The Other Side of the World was recently shortlisted for the 2014 Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award under the title Dream England. Stephanie’s fiction and poetry have appeared in Southerly, Overland and Island and she is a frequent contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Australian, The Sydney Review Of Books, The Australian Book Review and the Sydney Morning Herald. She is a recipient of an Australia Council New Work Grant, and Asialink Fellowship, and Australian Society of Authors Mentorship, a Varuna Mentorship Fellowship and Varuna Residency Fellowship. She holds a PhD from Cambridge and is currently a lecturer in Creative Writing at UNSW Australia. 

UNSW Bookshop

Mireille's books will be available at 10% off the RRP courtesy of the UNSW Bookshop on the night.

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Finding us.

Io Myers Studio is located at the entrance to Gate 2 High St, Kensington. Look for the Creative Practice Lab neon sign in our foyer windows. Download the UNSW map.

There is limited parking in the Gate 2, High St area around Io Myers Studio but free parking is available from 6:30pm in the car park next to NIDA accessed through Day Ave.


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