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Barry Hill

Poet, historian and journalist Barry Hill has been a mainstay of Australian writing for three decades. Perhaps best known for his much-awarded biography of anthropologist T.G.H Strehlow, Broken Song, he has written novels, poetry, essays, radio criticism and libretti.

Peacemongers is Hill’s latest book, and his first major work of prose since 2002. Written across a decade’s explorations through India and Japan, it reflects themes of travel, history, war and peace — alongside the shadow of Indian intellectual Rabindranath Tagore, and Hill’s own search for meaning.

Barry Hill will be joined in conversation by literary critic and academic Justin Clemens.


Portrait of Barry Hill

Barry Hill

Barry Hill is a much published historian and poet who was short-listed for the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature. Possibly best known for Broken Song, the multi-award-winning biography of TGH Strehlow, the Lutheran linguist from Central Australia. His work in progress is Peacemonger, ‘a travel essay’ about the history of bombing and Rabindranath Tagore’s prophetic travels in Japan. He calls himself a Buddhist.

Portrait of Justin Clemens

Justin Clemens

Justin Clemens is a philosopher, translator, social critic, poet and academic. He has published three collections of poetry, The Mundiad (Black Inc, 2004), Villain (Hunter Publishers, 2009) and Me ‘n’ me trumpet (Vagabond, 2011).

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We love exploring ideas here at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every second Thursday lunchtime, we hand the microphone over to thinkers, dreamers, writers and orators, so they can share the ideas that have been occupying them the most.

It’s a space to tunnel deep into a train of thought and emerge with surprising conclusions, recommendations for change, or simply a more evolved set of questions. The flexible format provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening: stories and opinions you won’t hear elsewhere.

Come for your lunch break and leave refreshed, your brain buzzing.


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