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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…
Invasion of the Pod People
In 1980, Maria James was found murdered in the back of her Thornbury bookshop. In the years since, her death (and its mysterious circumstances) have haunted her two sons, and dogged Detective Ron Iddles. One of Australia’s most respected homicide detectives, the now-retired Iddles has never really let the unsolved killing go. It was his first case.
The Maria James…
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…
Raimond Gaita and Katerina Gaita: A Climate of Change
How might a philosopher frame the problem of climate change? What can philosophers learn from environmentalists and vice versa?
In this conversation, we’ll bring together a prominent philosopher and a prominent climate-change activist who just happen to be from the same family: Raimond and Katerina Gaita. Raimond is the author of many books including Romulus, My Father and is a…
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Symphony for the Devil: Music and Advertising by Ben Birchall
Singer/songwriter/ad man, Ben Birchall
Okay, I’ll admit it. I dance with the devil. He’s good looking, he pays for the drinks and he’s got the best record collection.
I’m a musician and I work in advertising.
But I’m on a dancefloor that’s fast filling as a new generation of musicians struggle to cope with a changing media landscape.
Advertising has always used music to…
Better Off Dead
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