The Fifth Estate
Masha Gessen is an award-winning author and a staff writer at The New Yorker. She speaks to Sally Warhaft about The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, her non-fiction 2017 National Book Award-winning work that charts the coming-of-age of four Russians born in the early 1980s.
Masha Gessen and Sally Warhaft, live at Deakin Edge, Federation Square — Photo: Sophie Quick
Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival.
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia
In her introduction to Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, editor Anita Heiss writes: ‘[These] stories cover country from Nukunu to Noongar, Wiradjuri to Western Arrernte, Ku Ku Yalinji to Kunibidji, Gunditjamara to Gumbaynggirr and many places in between.’
It’s a collection of truly diverse stories – sometimes surprising and funny, often confronting and always illuminating – that paint a rich…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Michael Mohammed Ahmad is a writer whose novels explore Australia’s smouldering tribalism – found as much within its communities as between them – eschewing clichés and easy, feel-good conclusions.
His first novel, The Tribe, introduced readers to the complex family life of protagonist Bani Adam, a young boy from a religious Lebanese Muslim family in western Sydney. In The Lebs…
The Next Big Thing
Small Town Stories
Rural Australia – indeed, rural anywhere – is a storytelling fixture. But in many ways, it’s specifically small towns that make a perfect setting for fiction, and a potent backdrop to coming of age.
A writer might draw on the intense social relations (or seething suspicions) of people living in each other’s pockets; the pleasures and pressures of being too near…
Question Time: Puberty
Recent studies have found that puberty is occurring much earlier today than in preceding generations. What are the causes of this accelerated path to maturity? How are we educating children about puberty – and how well are schools, parents and carers equipped to help children cross this vital bridge to adulthood?
Host Madeleine Morris is joined by Amanda Dunn, journalist and…
The Wheeler Centre
Behind Closed Doors: Youth Detention in Australia
Karly Warner, Shahleena Musk, Eddie Cubillo and Antoinette Braybrook
In July last year, Four Corners broadcast an investigation into the mistreatment of children in Northern Territory youth detention centres. The report included appalling images of teenager Dylan Voller in a mechanical restraint chair at the Alice Springs Detention Centre. The images provided a snapshot of what has been well documented in past reports and the subject of longstanding advocacy by lawyers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups working in the sector.
The report was the catalyst for the calling of a Royal Commission to investigate serious allegations of mistreatment and abuse of children within the youth detention and child protection systems of the NT (now due to be handed down this November). Indigenous children account for more than half of all Australian children in juvenile detention; this is an issue that both reflects and further entrenches racial inequality.
At this discussion, our panelists explore the connection between over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and over-imprisonment of the Indigenous adult population. What are effective prevention and diversion strategies for young people – and what roles could NGOs, families and communities play?
Presented in partnership with Change the Record.
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