at Brunswick Mechanics Institute

Speakeasy: Money

Get curious about class and currency with Farah Farouque, Helen Razer and Esther Anatolitis. How do we reconcile personal and political principles with the glib practicalities of modern life?

We’ll consider alternative economies, class and elitism in the arts, and the market price of artistic integrity and truth-telling.

Join us for dinner (and drinks), with an entree of keynotes followed by an (actual) main course, and roundtable conversations between dinner guests and speakers.

Ever had something big to discuss, only to be told not to make a meal of it? Well! At this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival, no subject is off the menu and three particularly complicated subjects are on it.

Swing by for a great meal (and a drink or two) as we tackle timeless dinner-table taboos with some of the sharpest thinkers we know. We’re talking sex, death and money. Dine out on that.

All Speakeasy meals are vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options available at point of booking.

Arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Presented in partnership with the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2018.


Portrait of Esther Anatolitis

Esther Anatolitis

Writer and arts advocate Esther Anatolitis is Executive Director of NAVA and Deputy Chair of Contemporary Arts Precincts. A former CEO of Express Media, Esther was a founder of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, and has led several key arts and media organisations across all artforms. Esther’s writing across culture, politics and critique is widely published, and her conviction that artistic leadership is always already political strongly guides all of her work.

Portrait of Farah Farouque

Farah Farouque

Farah Farouque shapes campaigns and public advocacy for the national anti-poverty group, the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Until 2012,  she was a senior writer at the Age covering social and legal policy, politics and creative arts.

Her journalism career for Fairfax took her to hotspots from the Canberra Press Gallery, where she worked for three years when Paul Keating was PM, to Bali after the 2002 bombings. Her toughest assignment was reporting from coastal Sri Lanka following the Boxing Day tsunami. In Melbourne, Farah chairs the board of The Social Studio, a not-for-profit using fashion and design to train people from refugee backgrounds.

Portrait of Helen Razer

Helen Razer

Helen Razer was a broadcaster and is now a writer. Her appointments in radio were at the Triple J national network and ABC Melbourne. Her books include A Short History of Stupid, co-authored with national affairs correspondent Bernard Keane, a 2015 work on the history of bad Western thought shortlisted for the Russell Prize; and Total Propaganda, a popular work on Marxism recently published by Allen & Unwin.

Helen has written on social and political matters for the Age and Australian. She now contributes news and cultural analysis to outlets including Crikey, the Saturday Paper, Daily Review, Frankie, SBS and Atlantic digital publication Quartz.


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