the italian flag painted on the wall


Melina Marchetta

Teacher, Writer, Author


Event date: Wednesday 16 August 2017
Event Time:    7.00 pm
Event Venue:  Main Auditorium, the Italian Forum Cultural Centre, Ground floor, 23 Norton Street. Leichhardt NSW 2040

Melina Marchetta has been published in more than twenty countries and in eighteen languages. This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of her first novel Looking for Alibrandi, which was made into a major motion picture and won the Australian Film Institute Award (now known as The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards) for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film won a further four AFI Awards including for Best Film, as well as the Film Critics Choice Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and the IF Award for best adapted screenplay. Two of her novels, Saving Francesca and Looking for Alibrandi have won the highly esteemed CBCA Book of the Year.  Marchetta’s novel On the Jellicoe Road won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association, has sold over 120,000 copies worldwide and is studied in American and Australian schools. Marchetta wrote the internationally acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Lumatere Chronicles, in which Finnikin of the Rock, the first novel of the series, won the ABIA Award and the Aurealis Fantasy Award. In 2011, her novel The Piper’s Son was long listed for the Miles Franklin Award. Her latest novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, was published to critical aclaim in 2016. Melina has also written for the two-time International emmy nominated televisions series, Dance Academy. 

Prior to our main guest speaker a short film on the regional  food and wine of Italy will be screened and  then Amie Zar from the Leichhardt Library will give a short presentation on the Italian collection including recent donations  from the State Library. 

Please arrive 15 minutes early
Event being filmed
Entry Fee $5