Books and Ideas at Montalto
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‘Work-life balance is bullshit.’ So says Russel Howcroft: ad man, media personality and TV executive.
Russel is a man of many passions, equally well-known for his appearances on ABC1’s The Gruen Transfer, as a board member of Melbourne Football Club and as a senior executive at the TEN Network. His new book, When It’s Right to be Wrong, offers a unique opportunity to see the world from Russel’s point of view; the spin king muses that ‘changing your mind is a good thing’ and ‘privacy is overrated, so give everyone your phone number’.
In conversation with Emily Sexton, Russel Howcroft will challenge the way you look at the world as he reveals his thoughts on creativity and the power of the idea.
Russel Howcroft has recently joined PwC as a partner and as the firm’s first Chief Creative Officer.
Russel was most recently the Executive General Manager of Australian free-to-air television broadcaster Network TEN, responsible for TEN’s operations in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. In this capacity, he was also a founding board member of ThinkTV Australia.
Emily Sexton is a former Head of Programming for the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.
She was the recipient of a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014. Previously, she was Artistic Director of Next Wave (2010–14), where her key achievements were a radical rethink of an arts festival model, and a series of landmark commissions, publications and talks featuring First Nations artists, co-curated with Tony Albert and Tahjee Moar and titled Blak Wave.
In 2013, she was Artistic Director of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations at the Melbourne Recital Centre. She was also Creative Producer for Melbourne Fringe Festival for 2008–10.
Emily has been a proud Board Member for Arena Theatre Company, Snuff Puppets and Theatre Network Victoria, and is alumnus of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Program (2011). She is a regular peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, and other philanthropic trusts and foundations. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications, English) from the University of Sydney (2005). She is a regular host and facilitator for writers’ festivals and arts organisations around Australia.
You, a good book, a glass of wine, delicious food. Together as you were always meant to be. But with a wonderfully rich extra ingredient: a stimulating conversation with your favourite author.
From March to November, the literary meets the culinary at Books and Ideas at Montalto. Set in a stunning Red Hill winery on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – served with excellent food and wine, as a languorous lunchtime tips into a relaxed afternoon.