Economics, business & marketing
Elections Across Europe
Sally Warhaft, Georgina Downer and Mary Gearin — Photo: Jon Tjhia
In 2017, Europe is in a period of heightened uncertainty: the rise of populist politics, the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, the prospect of a weakened European Union and an increasingly assertive Russia on its doorstep.
French voters recently rejected both major parties to elect an unknown quantity in Emmanuel Macron, who has never before held elected office. The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has made a virtue of being an ‘unclubbable’ Conservative, but after riding high in the lead-up to the June election on a manifesto of 'country and community', her campaign has begun to falter in the wake of two terrorist attacks and the resulting debates about security and rights.
What will happen when Germany goes to the polls in September? Angela Merkel's popularity has been waning since 2015, but 21st-century Europe has become hard to imagine without her steady, predictable presence.
To discuss the state of play in the UK and Europe – and for the 100th edition of this long-running Wheeler Centre series – Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft is joined by Mary Gearin and Georgina Downer.
Working with Words: Ricky French
Ricky French is a Melbourne-based journalist who specialises in longform and creative non-fiction. He writes regularly for the Weekend Australian magazine, the Saturday Paper and North&South, and is a columnist for the Big Issue. We caught up with Ricky to talk cricket analogies and contradictory feedback.
Working with Words: Mark Brandi
Writer Mark Brandi was last year's winner of the British Crime Writers Association's coveted Debut Dagger; the resulting debut novel, Wimmera, will be published in July. We spoke with Mark about self-doubt, creativity and a hypothetical dinner party filled with dangerous, unbearable characters.
Working with Words: David Metzenthen
David Metzenthen is one of Australia's most prolific and celebrated authors for young readers. He's written dozens of books for children and young adults, including award-winning classics, Johnny Hart's Heroes, Boys of Blood and Bone and Jarvis. We spoke with David about Kerouac, creativity and playing your cards close…
Post-Millennial: The Meaning of Adulthood Today
When it comes to generational divides, unflattering stereotypes abound. Baby-boomers are Beatles-obsessed real-estate hogs; Gen Xers are vinyl-fetishing finger-waggers and millennials are entitled, avocado-munching whiners.
Highlighting generational differences is a great way for journalists to get clicks, but how accurately do these categories really describe us? And, for the so-called ‘millennials’, what are the real and perceived differences in choices…
The Alt Write
If we’re more careful with language, hopefully less people will think that gestures mean things. Because they don’t.Roxane Gay
Our favourite writers move us and inspire us: our imaginations, our humanity, our understanding of the world. But sometimes their writerly purpose can carry a little more bite. What is the role for the writer as shit-stirrer and agitator, provocateur and agent for change?
With host Michael Williams, four incredible writers and contrarians – Roxane Gay, John Safran, George Saunders and Brit Bennett – discuss how they push against platitude, prejudice and power in their writing. Are we living in a ‘post-truth’ era of degraded language, where the integrity of words and meaning are under siege? Is it just the nature of language? Is meaning always up for grabs?
And, in such an age, what, if anything, is the responsibility of the writer? Is it to change minds? Or even the world? These four very different writers – whose work traverses overt provocation, subtle subversion and radical inclusion – get down to the nitty gritty of the politics and purpose of the act of writing.
George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Michael Williams, Brit Bennett and John Safran — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
From afar — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
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