Award-winning author Michelle de Kretser (Scary Monsters) speaks with Andrew Pippos about his debut novel Lucky’s – an unforgettable family epic that was shortlisted for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. “In Andrew Pippos’ Lucky’s, the grand story of the Greek diaspora is rendered beautifully intimate,” said Michelle de Kretser. “Pippos writes lively, evocative prose while handling structure and characterisation with flair.” Listen to this conversation that ranges from the local – the Australian Greek literary tradition – to the epic – The Iliad and The Odyssey. And enjoy insights into the craft of writing from two literary sensations along the way. 

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers’ Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms.

Andrew Pippos (Australian)

Andrew Pippos

Andrew Pippos has lived in Seoul, Canberra, London and Sydney. Lucky’s is his first novel. He is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Technology Sydney. Andrew's essays and short stories have appeared in Meanjin, Catapult, Tin House and the Sydney Review of Books. Pippos’ next book – a work of narrative non-fiction – will be published by Picador.

Michelle de Kretser (Australian)

Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser is a writer who lives in Sydney. Her fiction has won several awards, including the Miles Franklin. Her most recent work inclues a long-form essay, On Shirley Hazzard, and her new novel, Scary Monsters, published in October, 2021.