Legions of readers fell in love with Trent Dalton’s captivating coming-of-age debut Boy Swallows Universe. It went on to sweep the Australian Book Industry Awards, became the country’s fastest-selling debut, sold over a million copies worldwide, and has had major stage and Netflix adaptations. The immersive All Our Shimmering Skies followed to much admiration and acclaim.

An award-winning investigative journalist first, and with his own tumultuous childhood inspiring him to tell the stories of those on society’s lower rungs, readers adore Dalton’s ability to combine gritty, real-world issues with heartfelt storytelling.

He joins Newshub anchor Samantha Hayes to discuss his remarkable writing career to date and his eagerly awaited new novel Lola in the Mirror, a moving and magical story of a mother and daughter on the run from a violent past.

Supported by Platinum Patron Philip Carter.

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Last updated: 12 March 2024