Opening night — Helen Garner in conversation
The 2018 festival opened with Australian literary powerhouse Helen Garner in conversation with Deakin University’s Maria Takolander.
This session begins with a reading by the winner of the 2018 Scribe Non-Fiction Prize for Young Writers, Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn, of her prize-winning essay The Invisible Sea.
Gillian Triggs — Speaking Up
Indomitable advocate of human rights Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs speaks in conversation with Deakin University’s Associate Professor Lisa Waller on democratic responsibility, the power of memoir, and the bravery to raise your voice.
Clementine Ford — Boys Will Be Boys
Uncompromising feminist Clementine Ford tackles gender roles, pointing the gun at toxic masculinity and the patriarchy as she disproves societal ideas of what it means to be a man.
Kerry O’Brien — A Memoir
Six-time Walkley Award winner and ABC paragon Kerry O’Brien in conversation with Matthew Ricketson discusses his intimate and ground-breaking memoir. He reflects on the social and political upheavals he has witnessed, on lessons learned and lessons ignored, and from close up, the personalities who have made history.
Marcia Langton — Welcome to Country
In conversation with Deakin University’s Professor Liz Cameron, one of Australia’s most important voices for Indigenous Australia, Professor Marcia Langton, visits the pages of her curated guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. She shares her fascinating insights into Indigenous languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, and cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors. This is an essential session for anyone travelling around Australia and for those who want to learn more about the culture that has thrived here for over 50,000 years.
The Great Debate — The Novel is Dead: Long Live the Novel!
Are novels ‘alive’ compared to television, social media, fan-fiction? Click play to hear our teams trade wit and words on whether the novel is not just dying, but already underground.