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Robert Manne and Anne Manne


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As part of our Relative States series, we’re presenting two formidable Melbourne intellectuals, who also happen to be married: Anne and Robert Manne.

Anne is a journalist, social philosopher and memoirist, who has served as a columnist for the Age and the Australian. Robert Manne is an emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University and – as an author, media commentator and essayist – has one of the most well-known bylines in Australian journalism.

In conversation with Melbourne broadcaster Alicia Sometimes, the pair will discuss where their influences, processes and interests converge. Do tensions emerge when domestic and professional worlds intersect? Can these tensions be productive? And what have they learned, as writers and thinkers, from each other?


Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes is an Australian poet, multi-media artist and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, Griffith Review, The Age and many more. She i... Read more

Anne Manne

Anne Manne is a Melbourne writer. She has been a regular columnist for The Australian and the Age. More recently, her essays on contemporary culture such as child abuse, pornography, gendercide and disability have all appeared in The Monthly magazine. Her essay ‘Ebony: The Girl in the Room’, was... Read more

Robert Manne

Robert Manne’s many books include Making Trouble and The Words That Made Australia (as co-editor). He is the author of three Quarterly Essays, In Denial, Sending Them Home and Bad News. He is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University. ... Read more


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