David Astle, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Leigh Hobbs, Rebecca Huntley, David Marr
Friday August 11, 8pm-9.30pm
Culture and race, politics and society, the communications revolution and the state of the planet. Yes, but where are we REALLY at, and, while we’re at it, who are we and what are we doing here? Interrogating Maxine Beneba Clarke, Rebecca Huntley, Leigh Hobbs and David Marr, intrepid David Astle will steer the conversation from the intimate and personal to the grand and universal, with this stellar lineup of writers.
Did we see it coming, this avalanche of fundamentalist violence and societies divided by identity politics? Indian-born, British-based writer Kenan Malik says yes, and highlights the extraordinary international drama of the Rushdie affair as a key moment. Eloquent about what’s gone wrong, passionate about how it might be fixed, Malik talks with award-winning journalist and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow of La Trobe University, Tony Walker, about fanaticism, populism and freedom of speech.
Dip in for one, or stay for all three: Connor Borchard-Burns, Michael Earp, Kelly Gardiner, Amie Kaufman, Will Kostakis, Jay Kristoff, Bruce Mutard, Rachel Nightingale, Michael Pryor on losing yourself in words, new heroes and risky narratives.
"I'll carry it on", Robert Forster writes in his memoir about Grant McLennan and the Go Betweens. Hunters and Collectors drummer Doug Falconer joins Robert and his guitar to hear about those days, those sounds, and the story of a cult band fuelled by poetry and passion.
When John Safran set out to meet Australian "deplorables", he discovered blonde-haired, blue-eyed boys aspiring to be ISIS freedom fighters, an Islamic preacher who quotes Monty Python and newly arrived immigrants who oppose multiculturalism. He talks to David Astle about his book, Depends What You Mean by Extremist.
Miles Merrill, Jenevieve Chang, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Katie Keys, John Richards
Saturday August 12, 5.15pm-6.15pm
Strategem Studio at Ulumbarra
To call this "spoken word" is perhaps a little sedate with slam poet and word performer Miles Merrill hosting four writers: slam poet Maxine Beneba Clarke, tiny-poem writer Kate Larsen, actor Jenevieve Chang and satirist John Richards. Out loud and full of energy, this is an hour you won't forget.
Science has never been so accessible. Take a great story, add fabulous facts and beautiful writing, and curious readers are avid for more. Author and researcher Leslie Cannold talks to Dava Sobel and David George Haskell about their passion for science and how to make information compelling for all kinds of readers.
What happens when you put together a comedy show that sets out to cut the crap and embrace mediocrity? Huge success! Judith Lucy and Denise Scott head to Bendigo right after their triumphant run in London, to give us all the gossip from their Disappointments tour. Who better to encourage them to really spill the beans than Kaz Cooke.