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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.
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…
Meet Me at the Intersection
Meet Me at the Intersection is an anthology edited by two Australian powerhouse YA authors: Rebecca Lim and Ambelin Kwaymullina.
It’s a book of short fiction, memoir and poetry by authors of various ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexualities and abilities. Meet Me at the Intersection features the work of some excellent established writers, as well as up-and-coming names from all across…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Bri Lee’s Eggshell Skull is about our justice system; its deep-rooted tenets and its disastrous shortcomings.
The book is Lee’s first-person account of her year as a judge’s associate in the District Court of Queensland, during which she watched endless cases of sexual assault and child abuse. Herself a survivor of childhood sexual assault, Lee was ultimately moved to bring…
Gillian Triggs: Speaking Up
Gillian Triggs’s career has taken some surprising turns. She’s been a professional ballerina, a practising lawyer and an academic specialising in international public law. She’s even done a stint at the Dallas Police Department in Texas.
But Triggs became a household name as president of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her tenure, from 2012 to 2017, was unexpectedly controversial…
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