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Dog Days: Bob Murphy and Martin Flanagan
Sports writers and sports stars rarely meet on the same playing field. But veteran sports journalist Martin Flanagan and former Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy are doing just that. Both, now, as authors. And both drawing on a true triumph-of-the-underdog tale: the Bulldogs’ miraculous 2016 Grand Final victory.
Bob Murphy and Martin Flanagan at the Wheeler Centre — Photo: Scott Limbrick
Murphy’s second book, Leather Soul, describes ‘Footscray winters and the glorious liniment-scented afternoons’: all the laughs, scraps and yarns of his 17-year footy career. And Flanagan’s latest, A Wink from the Universe, draws on player interviews, diaries, videos and fans’ recollections, to build a layered narrative of the Dogs’ 2016 victory – a triumphant 25-year conclusion to his acclaimed Southern Oval, Western Sky, which covered the Dogs’ failed 1993 season and battle to survive.
If you missed the pair’s last Wheeler Centre event, now is your chance to catch the long-awaited rematch. Join them as they share tall footy tales and discuss the scrappy, winsome club they both love.A previous encounter Podcast episode
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Working with Words: Alex McKinnon
Alex McKinnon is a Sydney-based writer and journalist. He spoke with us about the importance of curiosity, refusing to write for free and how snark and sarcasm can become hollow.
PEN Lecture: The War on Journalism – How 9/11 Changed Everything
Since 9/11, the number of journalists who have been imprisoned for their work has risen steadily. In 2017, a record number were behind bars – most for crimes against the state such as treason, sedition or terrorism.
Academic and journalist Peter Greste, who was himself imprisoned in Egypt on terrorism charges, examines the way press freedom has steadily eroded to…
The Fifth Estate
Journalist, author and acknowledged expert in American right-wing extremism David Neiwert talks to Sally Warhaft in an intimate discussion on journalism, media and politics in the context of the alt-right in Trump’s America.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival.
Emily Nussbaum: Culture, Criticism and TV Today
'Criticism is a form of theatre,' Emily Nussbaum has said. 'I'm writing for an audience and I don't want to bore them.'
As the New Yorker's TV critic, Nussbaum has won a large and devoted international audience by giving contemporary television the incisive, sophisticated and entertaining criticism it deserves. Join this peerless critic and chronicler of popular culture for…
Not Racist, But …: The Media and Racism
How does a person’s race or religion frame how the way they’re portrayed in the media? How do news narratives perpetuate racism?
In this panel – the final in a series of four talks curated by Santilla Chingaipe – Karen Farquharson, Usha Rodrigues, Anthony Kelly and Oishee Alam discuss racial sensationalism and stereotype in the Australian news today.
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