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The city of Melbourne Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria, Australia’s second-largest city with a population of 3.6 million. In the tussle between Melbourne and Sydney for supremacy as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne came out on top and became the second UNESCO City of Literature in 2008.

More people borrow more books from local libraries in Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia. The city was home to 19th-century novelists Rolf Boldrewood (Thomas Browne) and Marcus Clarke; Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey was born in Melbourne and today Melbourne has a vibrant community of writers, novelists, playwrights and poets.

The city is also home to one of Australia’s most valuable literary awards, the Melbourne Prize for Literature.

Marcus Clarke (1846-1881) was born in England but immigrated to Australia as a teenager, arriving in Melbourne in June 1863.

By November of that year Clarke’s literary talents had been recognised by his new homeland, and his work was published in Melbourne Punch. Clarke’s career combined journalism, poetry, literary writing and librarianship. He died tragically early at the age of 35, leaving a widow and six children.

An extract from his poem ‘The song of Tigilau’ is projected here in Edinburgh for the first time.