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The Long Game: Women in Sport Today
How are ideas, and our expectations, around gender and sport evolving? And how does sport inform our sense of self? Who gets to play, and who gets to win, in the field of sports?
In an outstanding new essay collection, Balancing Acts: Women in Sport, a dream-team of Australia’s finest writers, including Ellen Van Neerven, Tegan Higginbotham, Nicole Hayes…
Working with Words: Trent Dalton
Trent Dalton is a screenwriter, novelist and Walkley Award-winning journalist at the Weekend Australian. He spoke with us about Charlotte's Web, bad poetry and 14 pt Tahoma.
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Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia
Anita Heiss, Celeste Liddle, Zachary Penrith-Puchalski and Sharon Payne — Photo: Scott Limbrick
In her introduction to Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, editor Anita Heiss writes: ‘[These] stories cover country from Nukunu to Noongar, Wiradjuri to Western Arrernte, Ku Ku Yalinji to Kunibidji, Gunditjamara to Gumbaynggirr and many places in between.’
It’s a collection of truly diverse stories – sometimes surprising and funny, often confronting and always illuminating – that paint a rich and detailed picture of what it means to come of age as an Aboriginal Australian. How do the formative experiences of Aboriginal Australians shape their sense of self and their sense of community? And what experiences do Aboriginal kids across the country have in common – whether they’re in the city or the suburbs or in the most remote corners of the continent?
With contributors Celeste Liddle, Zachary Penrith-Puchalski and Sharon Payne, Heiss hosts a frank, funny and forthright discussion of formative years and life lessons.
Working with Words: Matthew Condon
Matthew Condon is a journalist and the acclaimed author of many books including The Trout Opera, The Lulu Magnet and All Fall Down. He shared with us the lessons he learned as a bowser boy and told us about a lifetime of listening, laughing and learning to write about Brisbane.
Jennifer Egan is one of America’s most acclaimed and least predictable novelists.
Egan’s most famous book – the virtuosic, Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad – took the form of 13 interlocking stories set in the dying days of the music industry, with one chapter presented in the form of a powerpoint presentation. Her latest novel, Manhattan Beach…
The Wheeler Centre
A Night with Geoffrey Robertson
Geoffrey Robertson at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Jon Tjhia
He’s sparred with General Pinochet and Princess Diana. He’s stepped out with Nigella Lawson and, of course, Kathy Lette. He’s defended Salman Rushdie and worked alongside Amal Clooney. Geoffrey Robertson is a figure of uncommon energy, glamour and intellect.
Alongside his distinguished career as a human rights lawyer in London, Robertson has, for more than 30 years, enjoyed a parallel career as an author and broadcaster. His books on war crimes, free speech and the Vatican have shaped public debates. His famous TV series, Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals, schooled generations in the discipline of Socratic questioning.
His latest book, Rather His Own Man, tells the colourful story of his life – from his days at Epping Boys High School to his Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford to the epic legal battles that have taken him to the UK Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and appeal courts in Trinidad, Mauritius and more. Throughout famous trials and the ups and downs of family life, Robertson has held onto his irreverence, his principles and his commitment to human rights.
At the Athenaeum Theatre, this formidable Australian intellectual talks life, career, hypotheticals and humanity.
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The Best & Worst of Career Advice
In 2008, young Canadian graduate Jay Bahadur was working a market research job, aching to become a journalist, when - according to his Wikipedia page - he received some telling advice from experienced journalists. He was told to skip journalism school and to work instead as a freelancer in “crazy places”. The advice might well have been unconventional but, as fortune does tend to…
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