So What If …
We Didn’t Have Prisons?
Australia’s prison populations are booming and their demographics are heavily skewed – with Indigenous Australians shockingly over-represented. Why do we rely so heavily on prisons in our criminal justice system, and what would our society look like if we abolished incarceration? What are the alternatives in terms of prevention, deterrence and rehabilitation? What would we do about violent citizens? And…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Tony Birch is among Australia’s finest living writers. A poet, activist and academic, as well as an acclaimed novelist and short-story writer, Birch’s writing is concerned with Australians, especially Indigenous Australians, living life on the fringes. He writes, too, about the dark shadow cast by the state in the everyday lives of marginalised people.
In 2017, he became the first…
Working with Words: Gus Henderson
Gus Henderson is the author of The Wounded Sinner. He spoke with us about school writing clubs, mapping out a novel and living by what you write.
Welcome to Clown Town: A Drag Workshop
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, acclaimed American drag clown Carla Rossi (aka Anthony Hudson) brings you a conversational lecture-style workshop exploring the history and future of drag and gender. What are drag’s many varieties, flavours and houses, and how do they correspond to the unchartable spectrum of genders and sexualities? And as an increasingly popular artform, how does drag serve to…
The F Word
The F Word Address: Alison Whittaker
This event was previously scheduled for November 2018.
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 will focus on the complexities of using storytelling as a tool for justice for Blak women – in…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Alexis Wright is an author of dazzling energy, ambition and imagination.
The publication of her exhilarating 2006 novel, Carpentaria, was a major event in Australian literary history. It won the Miles Franklin Award and became a huge critical and commercial sensation.
That epic novel, and Wright’s two other novels – Plains of Promise (1997) and The Swan Book (2013) – begin in the author’s ancestral country, the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. A Waanyi woman, Wright elevates Indigenous experience, knowledge and forms of storytelling in all her work.
A long-time activist as well as a storyteller, Wright is concerned with Aboriginal resistance and achievement in her non-fiction writing. Her latest book, the critically acclaimed Tracker, is a ‘collective memoir’ about the late charismatic Arrernte elder, Leigh Bruce ‘Tracker’ Tilmouth.
In conversation with Elizabeth McCarthy, Wright talks story, legacy, legend and the life of Tracker.
Books and Ideas at Montalto series sound design and music: Jon Tjhia.
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