Grimmish | Michael Winkler & Alistair Fraser in conversation | Tues 15th August @7pm

Join us on 15th August to hear Michael Winkler and Ali Fraser discuss Winkler's novel Grimmish.

Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award

Pain was Joe Grim's self-expression, his livelihood and reason for being. A superstar boxer who rarely won a fight, Grim distinguished himself for his extraordinary ability to withstand physical punishment.

In this wild and expansive novel, Michael Winkler moves between the present day and Grim's 1908–09 tour of Australia, bending genres and histories into a kaleidoscopic investigation of pain, masculinity, and narrative. 

Pain is often said to defy the limits of language. And yet Grimmish suggests that pain – physical and mental – is also the most familiar and universal human condition; and, perhaps, the secret source of our impulse to tell stories. 

Praise for Grimmish

'A powerful blast of literary ingenuity and originality.' – Lloyd Jones

'I lurched between fits of wild laughter, shudders of horror, and gasps of awe at Winkler's verbal command: the freshness and muscle of his verbs, the unstoppable slow of his images, the bizarre with of the language of pugilism – and all the while, a moving subterranean glint of strange masculine tenderness.' – Helen Garner

'All the makings of a cult classic. It's grotesque and gorgeous, smart and searching.' – The Guardian

Michael Winkler is a writer from Melbourne, Australia, living on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people.

He will be joined in conversation with Alistair Fraser. Alistair is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Glasgow, writing about issues of youth, crime and urban space. From 2017-2018 he was a BBC New Generation Thinker, making broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, and has written for The Times Literary Supplement. He is currently developing a podcast series on youth culture around the world.

As always tickets are free but must be booked in advance, you can help out the shop by pre-ordering your copy of the book here