The Wheeler Centre Gala 2012: Stories to Believe In

The Wheeler Centre Gala 2012: Stories to Believe In

Taking the lead from George Bernard Shaw, who claimed ‘It is not disbelief that is dangerous to our society; it is belief’, we opened our brand new year of programming by dedicating our annual tradition – the Wheeler Centre Gala Night – to that thorniest and most topical of themes: belief.

11 writers took to the stage to explore the concept of belief from a perspective of their choosing.

Writers
· Gillian Mears
· Bob Franklin
· Randa Abdel-Fatah
· Alice Pung
· Kaz Cooke
· Elliot Perlman
· Carrie Tiffany
· Andy Griffiths
· Lally Katz
· Tony Birch
· Casey Bennetto

Who?

Portrait of Gillian Mears

Gillian Mears

Gillian Mears grew up in the northern New South Wales town of Grafton. Acclaim came early, with her short story collections and novels winning major prizes.

Portrait of Bob Franklin

Bob Franklin

Bob Franklin is a highly respected writer, actor and comedian (perhaps most recognisable from The Librarians, Stupid Stupid Men and Thank God You’re Here).

Portrait of Randa Abdel-Fattah

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Randa Abdel-Fattah works as a litigation lawyer and is also an internationally published award-winning author of six novels, with two more due for release in 2012.

Portrait of Alice Pung

Alice Pung

Alice Pung is the bestselling author of Her Father’s Daughter, which won the 2012 Western Australia Premier’s Literary Awards, and Unpolished Gem which won the 2007 Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award; and is also published in the UK, Germany, Indonesia and the US. She is also the editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia.

Portrait of Kaz Cooke

Kaz Cooke

Kaz Cooke is a former reporter and cartoonist turned history detective. She is also the author of the bestselling books Up The Duff, Kidwrangling, Girl Stuff, Girl Stuff 8–12, Women’s Stuff, and the children's picture books Wanda Linda Goes Berserk and The Terrible Underpants.

Her new novel, Ada, grew out of her research and exhibition during a Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria, 2013–2015.

Portrait of Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany is an agricultural journalist and the author of two multi award-winning novels, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living and Mateship with Birds.

Portrait of Tony Birch

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of Ghost River, which won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. He is also the author of Shadowboxing, and three short story collections – Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People.

Tony is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, and a regular guest at writers’ festivals. He lives in Melbourne and is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University.

Portrait of Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlman is an award-winning writer of one short story collection and three novels. He lives in Melbourne, where he also works as a barrister.

Portrait of Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. He has written more than 25 books, including short stories, comic novels, nonsense verse, picture books, plays and a creative writing guide for students and teachers.

Portrait of Lally Katz

Lally Katz

Lally Katz is an award-winning Melbourne based playwright. Her play Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd premiered at Malthouse Theatre and won the Louis Esson Prize for Drama at the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Portrait of Casey Bennetto

Casey Bennetto

Casey Bennetto is an award-winning writer, musician and radio broadcaster. He wrote the musical KEATING!, hosts the program Superfluity on Melbourne’s 3RRR, and has appeared in places as diverse as ABCTV’s Spicks and Specks, the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at Sydney Opera House.

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