Sunday 13 September

All tickets are $20 adults/$15 concession unless otherwise stated

10:00AM – 11:00AM 11:30AM – 1:00PM 1:30PM – 2:30PM 3:00PM – 4:00PM

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Response to Loss:
On Grief and Grieving

In western society grief and the process of grieving are not often spoken of in the public domain. Maggie MacKellar, Kate Howarth and Anne Gorman have all experienced tremendous grief through life circumstance and have chosen to share their stories. Dr Leah Kaminsky will discuss with these writers the complexity involved with writing about this most personal of experiences.

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Supermarket Monsters:
In conversation with Malcolm Knox

Journalist and author Malcolm Knox shines a light on Australia’s twin mega-retailers, in his new book Supermarket Monsters. Deakin University senior journalism lecturer, Dr Lisa Waller will discuss in conversation, how in return for cheap milk, we as consumers are risking much more: quality, diversity and community.

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Other People’s Stories:
Robert Hillman in Conversation

In his latest release, Vera, acclaimed biographer Robert Hillman (Gurrumul: His Life and Music) has written the incredible story of renowned journalist and television pioneer Vera Wasowski. Meet and hear him in conversation with Deakin University’s Dr Ruth Lee as they discuss the skilful and often underestimated art of crafting biographies.

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Medical Mythbusters:
The Explainers

Have you always wondered whether eating carrots really does improve your eyesight or whether cracking your knuckles will lead to arthritis? Join our panel of experts, researcher Dr Mel Thomson , specialist Dr Michael Vagg and general practitioner Dr Jane Opie as they reveal truths amongst the tsunami of medical information we are swamped with every day. Don’t miss your chance to ask the experts.

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Forum:
Finding A Voice Through The Arts

Dedicated to the memory of Ralph McLean
Chaired by well-known broadcaster Derek Guille, panellists musician Dave Mason (The Reels), comedian and author Sue-Ann Post, musician and producer Brendan Gallagher and author and politician, Phil Cleary all hold a special place in the Ralph McLean story, from writing to music and comedy, politics to broadcasting, all of them enable poignant discussion and thought provoking enjoyment and give a voice to independence and sometime to those who can’t find it.

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This event is produced by Maverick Arts Management and the family of Ralph Mclean.

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Travel all over the countryside:
Australian Touring Tales

Lorna Hendry and her family spent three years travelling and camping their way around Australia on an adventure of a lifetime. As one half of the iconic Leyland brothers, Mal Leyland, spent more than thirty years travelling and documenting a lifetime of adventure accompanied by his wife Laraine. Robert Gott will lead an engaging discussion about travelling the length and breadth of this spectacularplace we call home.

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Dear Life:
Karen Hitchcock in Conversation

Physician and writer, Dr Karen Hitchcock produces a regular column for The Monthly and in her recent work for The Quarterly Essay, Dear Life, she investigates the treatment of the elderly and dying through some unforgettable cases. She will discuss the challenges and considerations when writing about these and other challenging topics with Hannie Rayson.

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What to Say? How much to Tell?

Former model and television presenter Nicky Buckley, archaeologist and host of the ABC’s Who’s Been Sleeping In My House? Adam Ford and writer Patti Miller talk with Margaret Linley about the often fraught dilemma of what to tell and how much to reveal when writing a memoir.

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On Motherhood

Writer Wilamina Falkenhagen, co-founder of Mission Massimo Foundation Sally Damiani and social commentator Monica Dux will explore the contradictions, myths, joys and heartache of the motherhood experience with Angela Savage.

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Crime and Punishment:
In conversation with Russell Marks

Former criminal defence lawyer and academic Dr Russell Marks argues in his latest book, Crime and Punishment: Offenders and victims in a broken justice system that if the goal of our justice system is to reduce crime and create a safer society, then we must do better. Andrew Nette will discuss this topical premise in conversation in a session not to be missed.

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