Sunday 20 November 2016

The High Ground, Wurdi Youang, Level 5

11:00AM – 12:00PM 1.00PM – 2:00PM 4:00PM – 5:00PM 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Albanese – Telling it Straight: Anthony Albanese and Karen Middleton

$20 adult / $15 conc

The newly released biography, Albanese – Telling it Straight is a window on the recent turbulent years of politics with a deeply personal dimension. This is the whole story of Anthony Albanese and the remarkable mother, Maryanne, who raised him.  His biographer Karen Middleton will join her subject in conversation to discuss the trajectory of Albanese’s political career and reflect on the complexities of writing a biography when the subject is still active in public life. Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre.

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Victory at Villers-Bretonneux: Peter Fitzsimons

$20 adult / $15 conc

To this day, the primary school at Villers-Bretonneux has, above every blackboard, these words: ‘N’oublions jamais, l’Australie – Never forget Australia.’ In this keynote address, best-selling non-fiction author and journalist Peter FitzSimons will discuss the final book in his First World War trilogy and reveal the detail of these crucial days of the Great War and the pivotal role played by our Diggers.

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Stereo Stories: A Song, A Place , A Time

$20 adult / $15 conc

Returning to Geelong after a hugely successful session at the Dome opening celebrations, Stereo Stories wraps up the 2016 Festival with an afternoon of music, song and stories. Musicians weave in and out of the narrative as writers read their stories is a session certain to delight and engage audiences of all ages.

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Festival Close

Gathering Place, Ki-kirri-ngitj, Ground Floor

10:00AM – 11:00AM 11:30AM – 1:00PM 1:30PM – 2:30PM 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Game Changers: Leena van Deventer & Dan Golding

$20 adult / $15 conc

The video game scene has evolved from the hobby of boys in bedrooms to a popular pastime for anyone with a smartphone. Many of the old guard resent this mainstreaming of games culture and have created a climate of fear by abusing and harassing women, minorities and anyone who has dared to speak out. Join the authors of Game Changers Leena van Deventer and Dan Golding as they examine how gaming culture is growing, diversifying and changing for the better.

Facilitator:
Gerrard Daniels

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Crossing the Line: The Ethics of True Crime Reporting

$20 adult / $15 conc

The most common ethical complaint about true crime writing is that it takes a real-life tragedy and transforms it into entertainment. Keith Moor (Busted) and Mathew Thompson (Mayhem) have both made careers out of crime reporting. In this compelling session, they will delve into the ethical and legal quagmire of turning crime into compelling storytelling.

Facilitator:
Cheryl Critchley

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What a Time to Be Alive: Mark Di Stefano

$20 adult / $15 conc

BuzzFeed political editor Mark Di Stefano’s examination of the recent double dissolution election documents the rollercoaster ride of an historic campaign. Week by long week, he takes readers into the bizarre world of staged photo ops, booze-drenched regret and dirty direct messages. Go behind the scenes with the author as he provides unique insight into two wildly ambitious men who want to win their first election, whatever it takes.

Facilitator:
Lisa Waller

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Planet Jackson: Brad Norington

$20 adult / $15 conc

Kathy Jackson was hailed as a heroine for blowing the whistle on the million-dollar fraud of Michael Williamson, the corrupt boss of the Health Services Union. Then questions were asked about whether she was just as corrupt as Williamson. Or worse? Experienced journalist Brad Norington has uncovered the real HSU story. In this gripping session he will examine in detail the unbelievable misuse of the union dues of some of Australia’s lowest paid workers.

Facilitator:
John Elder

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Inspiration Space, Nyaal, Level 2

10:00AM – 11:00AM 11:30AM – 1:00PM 1:30PM – 2:30PM 3:00PM – 4:00PM
The Write Stuff – Writing and Getting Published: Q&A Session

$20 adult / $15 conc

Everything you ever wanted to know about writing and being published but were too afraid to ask. Join Kate Larsen (Director, Writers Victoria) and lecturer and author Maria Takolander (Deakin University) for this guided Q&A session and learn strategies and insights into the writing process as well as avenues for getting your work published.

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Creating the Dome with ARM Architecture

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have unfortunately had to cancel this session. We thank you for your understanding.

Down the Dirt Roads: Rachael Treasure

$20 adult / $15 conc

Best-selling novelist Rachael Treasure seemed to have it all: a long-dreamed-of lifestyle on her own patch of dirt in Tasmania’s rugged and beautiful wilderness. But through the breakdown of her marriage Rachael lost her family farm and, in her words, lost her way in life. In this session she will discuss her powerful memoir, Down the Dirt Roads, a heartfelt and moving insight into the life of a single mother displaced from her home.

Facilitator:
Marg Linley

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The Straight Dope: Chip Le Grand

$20 adult / $15 conc

From the basement office of a suburban football club to the seedy corners of Peptide Alley and the polished corridors of Parliament House, The Straight Dope is an inside account of the politics, greed and personal feuds that fuelled the extraordinary events of the Essendon drugs scandal. Journalist Chip Le Grand’s coverage of the ongoing saga won him awards from the Melbourne Press Club and the Australian Sports Commission. In this session he will discuss the inside story of Aussie sport’s biggest drug scandal.

Facilitator:
Fiona Welsh

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Gallery Space, Ground Floor

10:00AM – 11:00AM 11:30AM – 1:00PM 1:30PM – 2:30PM 3:00PM – 4:00PM
The Art of Reading

$20 adult / $15 conc

Prize-winning philosopher and writer, Damon Young explores the pleasures of the intimate pursuit of reading in his latest release, The Art of Reading.  Michael Williams (Wheeler Centre) and Shirley Bateman (Melbourne City Library Service) join him to discuss this celebration of the reader’s power, turning shapes on a page into a lifelong adventure.

Facilitator:
Kaz Paton

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Brett Whiteley in the Frame: Ashleigh Wilson

$20 adult / $15 conc

Brilliant, self-destructive, dazzling, obsessed. Much has been written about celebrated Australian artist Brett Whiteley, but Ashleigh Wilson’s new biography Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing has been praised as a definitive portrait of this mercurial artist. Meet and hear the author discuss the unprecedented behind-the-scenes access he obtained and his thoughtful insights into the man behind the myth.

Facilitator:
Jason Smith

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Around the World in 80 Dinners : Janne Apelgren and Joanna Savill

$20 adult / $15 conc

From an off-the-Michelin-map barbecue restaurant, to dining on moose and lichen near the Arctic Circle, Around the World in 80 Dinners is the ultimate bucket list of dining experiences for foodies compiled by two of Australia’s top food writers. Join Janne Appelgren and Joanna Saville for a delicious conversation about 80 of the world’s very best and most timeless food experiences.

Facilitator:
Margot Smith

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Quicksilver: Nicolas Rothwell

$20 adult / $15 conc

Nicolas Rothwell is the pre-eminent writer on indigenous Australia: the art, the country and its people. In this session discussing his latest book, Quicksilver, Nicolas will take you in search of the sacred through place and time, bringing into play universal questions about the essential nature of the human condition.

Facilitator:
Jason Smith

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