Future Voices: Decolonising Australian Media
In 2020, the Broadly Speaking series launched with a powerful conversation with distinguished professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking book, Talkin’ Up to the White Woman. Throughout a year of insightful, challenging and engaging conversations about contemporary feminism and gender in colonial Australia, Moreton-Robinson’s text has been a reminder of the ways some…
Tim Flannery: The Climate Cure
Tim Flannery’s influential 2005 book, The Weather Makers, laid out the challenges human society faces due to global warming, from mass extinctions to devastating weather changes and human conflict over essential resources. It also proposed solutions, some of which have since been enshrined as government policy around the world.
In this event, the scientist, conservationist and Chief Councillor of the…
New Voices in Food
It's been a huge year in food media and for this Broadly Speaking talk, we'll bring together three superb food writers to chew over the debates and developments of 2020.
In the US, there were mass resignations at Conde Nast's hugely popular Bon Appetit YouTube channel, following allegations of racism and inequity. In Australia, the revamped Masterchef was hailed as…
Future in Retrograde: Storytelling and Inclusion on Screen
The six-part ABC TV series Retrograde – about a group of thirty-something Australians who regularly meet, drink and commiserate online during the Covid pandemic – has been one of the big Australian TV hits of 2020.
Retrograde was shot remotely in June via a series of Zoom calls between the producers, crew, and actors and has been celebrated as an…
Maria Ressa: Freedom and Fakery in the Philippines Today
Maria Ressa is a veteran investigative journalist and the CEO of the influential Philippine news portal Rappler. In June this year, she and a colleague were found guilty of cyberlibel, in a dubious court decision that many believe was politically motivated.
Ressa has been a dogged and long-time critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, and of his supporters. The relationship between…
Ann Goldstein and Mary Norris
What's it like to devote your whole working life to language, as a literary translator or as an editor?
In September, we'll be joined from New York by two brilliant bilingual friends, both of whom have shaped the linguistic landscape in distinctive ways. Ann Goldstein and Mary Norris met as young copy editors at the New Yorker magazine. Norris went…
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Crime Master’s Career has Chandleresque Origins
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He’s written 24 novels and created two of crime and mystery fictions best-known contemporary heroes, Harry Bosch and Micky Haller. In Australia alone, as of early 2011, he’d sold 1.25 million books. His novels now sell an average of 85,000 copies. He’s Michael Connelly, a colossus of his - and indeed any - literary genre, and in this video he’s…
Lethem Slams Brooklyn’s Writers
“Brooklyn is repulsive with novelists, it’s cancerous with novelists.” So opined acclaimed novelist Jonathan Lethem in a profile in the LA Times this weekend. The comment has raised eyebrows - in Brooklyn and further afield - because few writers of recent vintage have been more closely associated with the city. Partly because of his disillusionment with Brooklyn, Lethem moved to southern California last year…
Question Marks and Commas Make For Classic Cinema
Punctuation can tell you a lot about a person, but at Slate Nathan Heller has traced the rise and fall of film director Woody Allen all through his use of the humble comma.
"Bafflingly mispunctuated" poster from Woody Allen
Heller argues that Allen’s films were at their best when the titles used more punctuation, citing What’s New Pussycat?, What’s Up, Tiger Lily? and…
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