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Meeting #3: The Art of the Celebrity Profile

When

A good celebrity profile is a rare thing. Those that walk the line between quality writing, respect for the subject, and honouring the reader’s desire for a glimpse behind the curtain – while avoiding the murky depths of rumour mongering – are few and far between.

Some have made history, for good and bad reasons. Take the recent cringe-worthy profile of Brad Pitt in GQ (which in turn inspired the excellent companion piece by Marina Hyde in the Guardian), or the ones that created their own zeitgeist, such as Vanity Fair’s profile of Caitlyn Jenner, or profiles that become classics through the combination of celebrity of author and subject, such as Richard Flanagan’s analysis of David Walsh in the Monthly.

This meeting of the Longform Society will discuss and dissect the writing that celebrates our ongoing fascination with celebrity, and some of the most memorable pieces by, or about, the superstars of our times.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

The reading list

· ‘On the Road with Julia Gillard: Sketches of a prime minister in her final months’, by Chloe Hooper, from the Monthly 
· ‘Welcome to the Summer of Margot Robbie’, by Rich Cohen, from Vanity Fair
· ‘Dwayne Johnson for President!’, by Caity Weaver, from GQ
· ‘Frank Sinatra Has a Cold’, by Gay Talese, from Esquire


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Featuring

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham AM is the author of seven books, across multiple fiction and nonfiction, children and adults and include City of Trees – Essays on life, death and the need for a forest, and Melbourne. She is also editor of the collection Fire, Flood, Plague: Australian writers respond to 2020... Read more

Cameron Adams

Cameron Adams is a music writer working at the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne. He spends his days coaxing musicians to say more than just, ‘I make music for myself, if anyone else likes it, that’s a bonus’. His work is published nationally in newspapers and online, and he never ... Read more

Mel Campbell

Mel Campbell is a freelance journalist and critic who co-hosts the fortnightly literature and culture podcast The Rereaders. She is a columnist on writing at Overland magazine, and a university lecturer and writer-for-hire on film, TV and media. Her first book was the nonfiction investigation Out of... Read more

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the ABIA and Indie award winning author of over nine books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the bestselling memoir The Hate Race, the Victorian Premier’s Award winning poetry collection Carrying the World... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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