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On Water: Michael Cathcart
Radio National Books and Arts Daily presenter Michael Cathcart talks his quest to research Australia’s fabled inland sea – which loomed large in our 19th Century imagination –and the explorers who were in pursuit of it.
Or were they?
There is no more precious resource on the planet than water. It comprises 60% of our body mass and covers 70% of the planet’s surface. We drink it, we bathe in it, and it surrounds our island. In 2014, the Wheeler Centre joins forces with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, presented by Bank of Melbourne, to explore the myriad ways we relate to water – how we’re using and abusing it, are dependent upon it for our survival and are sometimes powerless to stop it.
Eight guests, including Lucky Peach magazine’s Chris Ying, will present their personal and imaginative visions on water. Conservation consultant and editor Helen Doyle will examine the history and heritage of water supply in the Australian landscape.
Other guests include Genevieve Grieves, curator at Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum’s Aboriginal Cultural centre, Oxfam Australia CEO Helen Szoke, and Olympic gold medalist diver Matthew Mitcham, each with their own unique perspective on H2O.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.