When Elephants Fight

Majok Tulba In Conversation with Michael Fitzgerald

Sunday 26 August 2018
1.00PM – 2.00PM
Liangis Theatre
National Portrait Gallery

In this haunting coming-of-age novel it is easy to understand the halfway between heaven and hell in fleeing from a life as you know it. Majok Tulba from South Sudan, backs up on his stunning debut novel Beneath the Darkening Sky with this important testimony of the harrowing lives of refugees. Majok is in conversation with the Editor of Art Monthly Australasia, Michael Fitzgerald.

Majok Tulba was born in South Sudan and came to Australia in 2001. In between he lived in refugee camps. His first novel, Beneath the Darkening Sky, won the 2014 Kathleen Mitchell Award, and in 2013 it was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Commonwealth Book Prize, and a New South Wales Premier’s Award. Majok Tulba was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists of the Year in 2013.

Michael Fitzgerald is a Sydney-based writer whose first novel The Pacific Room was published through Transit Lounge in July 2017. When not writing, he is the editor of Art Monthly Australasia magazine, having previously worked at the Age, the South Pacific edition of Time and Art & Australia. His art writing has appeared in international publications such as Edit, Art iT and ArtAsiaPacific.