Author Talk: Enza Gandolfo & Ellen Cregan

Wednesday 24 October 2018

For the next edition of Readers & Writers, local author Enza Gandolfo will discuss her latest novel “The Bridge” with writer, bookseller and editor, Ellen Cregan.

What is The Bridge about?
In 1970s Melbourne, 22-year-old Italian migrant Antonello is newly married and working as a rigger on the West Gate Bridge, a gleaming monument to a modern city. When the bridge collapses one October morning, killing 35 of his workmates, his world crashes down on him.

In 2009, Jo and her best friend, Ashleigh, are on the verge of finishing high school and flush with the possibilities for their future. But one terrible mistake sets Jo’s life on a radically different course.

Drawing on true events of Australia’s worst industrial accident — a tragedy that still scars the city — The Bridge is a profoundly moving novel that examines class, guilt, and moral culpability. Yet it shows that even the most harrowing of situations can give way to forgiveness and redemption. Ultimately, it is a testament to survival and the resilience of the human spirit.

Tell me more about the author…love to!
Enza Gandolfo is a Melbourne writer and an honorary professor in creative writing at Victoria University. She is interested in the power of stories to create understanding and empathy, with a particular focus on feminist and political fiction. The co-editor of the journal TEXT and a founding member of the Victoria University Feminist Research Network, her first novel, Swimming (2009), was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award.

Who is our host?
Ellen Cregan is a writer, bookseller and editor from Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Voiceworks, The Suburban Review and Feminartsy.

Bookings essential. You do not need to bring a physical ticket with you to this event. 

Event Details

Carlton Library

Date and time:
6.30pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 24 October 2018

667 Rathdowne Street, North Carlton