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Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival: Anthony Albanese and Karen Middleton in Geelong


The newly released biography from Karen Middleton, Albanese: Telling it Straight, is a window on the recent turbulent years of Australian federal politics with a deeply personal dimension. This is the whole story of Anthony Albanese and the remarkable mother, Maryanne, who raised him.

In partnership with the Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival, we’re presenting this conversation between Middleton and Albanese himself at the magnificent new Geelong Library & Heritage Centre.

The pair will discuss the trajectory of Albanese’s political career and Middleton will reflect on the complexities of writing a biography when the subject is still active in public life. Join them at this fabulous location in the heart of Geelong.

Presented in partnership with the Geelong Regional Libraries.


Anthony Albanese

Anthony Albanese was re-elected the Member for Grayndler at the July 2016 election and is currently the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development and the Shadow Minister for Tourism. Anthony has been a Member of Parliament since 1996, and believes strongly in the... Read more

Karen Middleton

Karen Middleton is a political journalist with more than two decades’ experience reporting on national and international affairs in print and broadcast media. A former president of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery and a Churchill Fellow, she is chief political correspondent with SBS TV,... Read more


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