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Celebrating Peter Temple
Jason Steger speaking at the Celebrating Peter Temple event
As a nation mired in certain delinquent traditions, you might say that Australians are overachievers in the field of crime writing. Amongst us, though, Peter Temple was one of the very best.
His prose elevated crime fiction to literary significance, too. In addition to winning prestigious crime fiction prizes including five Ned Kelly Awards and the Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie Dagger – the first Australian to claim the Gold Dagger – his last novel, Truth, won the Miles Franklin.
Temple died in March this year, a couple of days shy of his 72nd birthday. To celebrate his contribution to Australia’s crime fiction canon, we brought together some of his contemporaries, friends and admirers for a night of readings from his work – and stories from his own life. Hosted by Jason Steger.
Maria Tumarkin: Axiomatic
‘Time is what makes everything OK. How it flows forward and circles round itself, both; how life, suspended, zero gravity, in time consists of so many things repeating.’
Maria Tumarkin is one of Australia’s foremost writers of creative non-fiction. With Axiomatic, her fourth book – seven years in the making – she explores the limits of stories and of institutions, and…
Writing Lives: New Australian Non-Fiction
There's a new breed of Australian creative non-fiction writer. These writers are playing with form, experimenting with narrative structure and injecting new energy into our literary culture – as they explore how their individual experiences connect with broader cultural moments.
In this conversation, we’ll bring together two writers who have both addressed the realities of living with mental or chronic…
For the Record: Power and Prejudice in Australia
How do we conceive of justice in Australia today? What do we do when our legal institutions are imperfect at best, inherently biased at worst? In this panel discussion, we’ll speak with three women whose work is concerned with the fallibility of our legal, political and justice systems.
Bri Lee is a qualified lawyer and the author of Eggshell Skull…
The Next Big Thing
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A comical trip through the bureaucracy of local government. A memoir of adolescence lived alongside the heart-rending rollercoaster of a mother’s mental illness. A gap between an ex-policeman father and his artsy son, bridged by stories of colourful criminal hijinks.
In this edition of The Next Big Thing, we’ll hear excerpts from three darkly funny new books tackling the spaces…
Dead Calm: Honest Conversations About Death
We've always built memorials to our dead. But how do our memorials and commemorations differ across cultures and how are they changing in the 21st Century? Why do we have different types of memorials for different kinds of death?
In the third part of our Dead Calm series, Hilary Harper will explore the role, relevance and relief offered by memorials…
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