The late Di Gribble was a force in Australian cultural and intellectual life. Publisher, editor, businesswoman: her impact on the world of books, writing and ideas cannot be overstated.
She was tireless in her contributions; founder of McPhee Gribble, Text Media, Text Publishing and Private Media, with stints as the deputy chair of the ABC, and board member for Lonely Planet, CARE Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Major Events Company and Circus Oz.
The Di Gribble Argument is a new annual occasion to remember Di and her legacy and – in her name – to put a bit of stick about. Over dinner in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria, we’re inviting you to take part in a good old-fashioned argument; with a provocative proposition, considered responses and a good-natured free-for-all.
Our inaugural arguer is outspoken venture capitalist Mark Carnegie, reminding us all of our civic responsibilities, or current lack thereof. A distinguished, possibly irate, group of guests will respond to Mark’s address, before our postprandial audience joins the throng with arguments of their own.
This is a golden opportunity to share in dinner, drinks and hearty conversation, and to remember the contribution of an extraordinary powerhouse of Australian public life. The inaugural Argument promises to be an indelible addition to the national debate: pushing buttons, rattling cages and getting up noses somewhere between the entrée and main course.
On Friday 11 July, Mark Carnegie will present his argument in a free event at the Wheeler Centre.
Dr Jim Minifie is a leading economist and writer, with a strong grasp of the Australian policy landscape.
Marian Rakosi is a young, passionate early childhood educator and proud unionist from Sydney.
Mark Carnegie is Principal of M.H. Carnegie & Co. He was previously Head of LCW Private Equity, Lazard’s Australian private equity business. He has had a near twenty five year career as an investor and corporate adviser in New York, London, and Sydney.
Van Badham is a Melbourne-based writer, theatremaker, critic, activist, occasional broadcaster and one of Australia’s most controversial public intellectuals. She is currently employed as a political columnist and culture critic for Guardian Australia, while as a theatremaker she’s had more than 100 international productions of her work.