Following on from its debut season in 2015, SHORTS@45 returns on Monday 6 June at 6pm with a fresh programme full of surprises.
Each SHORTS programme features excerpts of new releases of fiction and non-fiction, lovingly read by their authors. Curated by Dina Ross, readings are followed by a Question and Answer Session hosted by fortyfivedownstairs’ Artistic Director Mary Lou Jelbart. SHORTS@45 aims to entertain, inform, and challenge. But one thing’s for sure, each programme showcases the best of Australian writing talent.
In our first programme for the year, New Stories from Old Friends, one of Melbourne’s favourite writers, Arnold Zable, will read from his newly-released work of non-fiction The Fighter and acclaimed novelist Rod Jones gives us a sneak preview of his new novel The Mothers.
Both releases showcase Melbourne in times gone by. The Fighter tells the true story of Henry Nissen, a champion boxer from working-class Carlton who fought his way up to the top in the 1970s. In The Mothers, Rod Jones takes the reader back to Footscray in 1917, the conservative Victorian society of 1952 and student digs in 1975 Fitzroy. Interweaving the lives of three generations of Australian women, The Mothers is a book about secrets.