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Sisonke Msimang: The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela
The death of Winnie Mandela in April last year shocked many South Africans. It wasn’t sudden or especially untimely – she was 81 years old – but ‘Ma Winnie’ was an icon of the anti-apartheid movement and a controversial, seemingly indestructible, figure.
The second wife of Nelson Mandela was a radical, eloquent and courageous anti-apartheid activist in her own right…
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The F Word Address: Alison Whittaker
Alison Whittaker delivers the address — Photo: Scott Limbrick
The F Word Address is our annual talk from an outstanding Australian woman on a pressing feminist issue. This year, our speaker is the phenomenal Alison Whittaker: poet, essayist, legal scholar and Gomeroi woman.
Whittaker’s address focusses on the complexities of using storytelling as a tool for justice for Blak women – in law, and in literature. How have traditions of sharing story among Indigenous people influenced how they articulate their histories, and assert their rights, in Western civil or criminal jurisdictions? Who are the audiences for Blak social justice narratives? And do Aboriginal women rely on a listening conscience that isn’t there?
In a 30-minute talk, followed by a short interview with host Claire G. Coleman, Whittaker draws on her legal research and writing work to consider the limits of storytelling – and to propose new ways to strengthen and centre storytellers themselves.
Claire G. Coleman and Alison Whittaker in conversation — Photo: Scott Limbrick
The video of this event, which will be published soon, includes Auslan interpretation.
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Lunch with Simon Schama
Join Simon Schama for a discussion about art, over lunch.
Schama is a familiar figure on the BBC as well as a professor at Columbia University, and he’s produced multi-volume histories of Britain, documentaries with momentous names like The American Future and a TV series called Simon Schama’s Power of Art. He's a heavyweight scholar, best known for in-depth…
Simon Schama: Wordy
Simon Schama is a British broadcaster and scholar who is famous for his limitless energy and grand-scale intellectual undertakings.
He’s a familiar figure on the BBC as well as a professor at Columbia University, and he’s produced multi-volume histories of Britain, documentaries with momentous names like The American Future and a TV series called Simon Schama’s Power of Art…
Antony Beevor: History and Hubris
English historian Antony Beevor is credited with transforming the military history genre. He’s breathed new life into the popular understanding of World War II – holding cherished national myths up to harsh light and enthralling readers with his gift for storytelling.
For his troubles, he’s been knighted and he’s topped bestseller lists, but he’s also sometimes hit raw nerves at…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
‘Author, ecologist, historian, dyslexic and honourary wombat (part time)’ – that’s Jackie French’s job title, according to her own website.
Jackie French writes novels and non-fiction; fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction and ecology; for adults and for kids. Over the course of her career, she’s written a dizzying 140 books. Loved by Australian kids for picture books including the Diary of a Wombat series and Queen Victoria’s Underpants, she’s a passionate advocate for dyslexics and children’s literature and has served as the Australian Children’s Laureate.
Jackie has won countless awards across various genres, including the NSW Premier’s History Award. Her latest novel, Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies, is about a secret finishing school for young women during World War I.
At Montalto Vineyard, Jackie French joins host Wendy Orr to discuss historical fiction, children’s literacy and an extraordinary life in literature.
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