Did you know that the MCG has the highest lighting fixtures of a sporting venue on earth, Melbourne’s Symphony Orchestra is widely recognised as one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere, and many of Australia’s finest artists and thinkers are respected on the world stage? Even Oprah says we’re great. Who’s cringing now?
Don Watson is an author, essayist and speechwriter. He is the author of the Quarterly Essay ‘Enemy Within: American politics in the time of Trump’, and the multi-award-winning American Journeys, amongst others. Don’s books, articles and essays have been widely acclaimed. ... Read more
Mary Vallentine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Recital Centre. Mary brings to the role three decades of experience in theatre, festival and music management, including 17 years as Managing Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Previous to her appointment, Mary was the Director ... Read more
Natasha Mitchell is a multi-award winning journalist, presenter and podcaster with the ABC, presenting flagship national programs including Life Matters (2012-2016), founder of the popular show All in the Mind (2002-12), and now a new science, culture and storytelling program, Science Friction on AB... Read more
Jim Davidson is an historian and biographer. His best-known books are Lyrebird Rising and the recently-published A Three-Cornered Life: The Historian WK Hancock. Together they have won half a dozen prizes, including the Prime Minister’s History Prize, the Victorian premier’s non-fiction prize a... Read more
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