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Lech Blaine

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Digging Deep with Lech Blaine

Finding the courage to tell my story

Jan Cochrane-Harry, Robyn Davidson, Lech Blaine and Grace Tame with Sally Warhaft

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   9:00am

Venue: Sorrento Bowls Club

Paddy Manning

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Talking Politics 2024 with Paddy Manning

Our annual Political Lunch at The Baths

Paddy Manning, Amy Remeikis and Laura Tingle with Barrie Cassidy

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: The Baths, Sorrento

Joëlle  Gergis

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Climate, Crisis and Cop28 with Joëlle Gergis

Have we lost the war?

Peter Christoff, Joelle Gergis and John Hewson with Natasha Mitchell

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Ellen Grant Hall

David Marr

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Other People’s Lives (ii) with David Marr

Three writers discuss their approach to biography

Troy Bramston, Kate Fullager and David Marr with Sarah L’Estrange

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Sorrento Bowls Club

Paddy Manning

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Understanding Rupert with Paddy Manning

The influence and legacy of media proprietor Rupert Murdoch

Ranald Macdonald, Paddy Manning, Walter Marsh and Sally Young with Corrie Perkin

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: The Ballroom, The Continental

Dennis Glover

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Cripes, You Can’t Say That! with Dennis Glover

What is free speech and what are we afraid of?
Dennis Glover and Lucinda Holdforth with Hannie Rayson

Date:   Friday 26 April

Time:   4:30pm

Venue: The Barlow Room, The Continental

Paddy Manning

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Other People’s Lives (iii) with Paddy Manning

Three writers discuss their approach to biography

Julia Baird, Catherine Lumby and Paddy Manning with Jamila Rizvi

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   9:00am

Venue: Sorrento Community Centre

Joëlle  Gergis

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: After Attenborough, Who or What Will Save Our Planet? with Joëlle Gergis

Peter Christoff, Joelle Gergis and Kylie Soanes with Amanda Smith

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

Lech Blaine

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: The Good, The Bad and The Underwhelming with Lech Blaine

What does good political leadership look like

Lech Blaine, Troy Bramston and Niki Savva with Brendan Donohoe

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Sorrento Community Centre

Dennis Glover

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Inspired by Real Events with Dennis Glover

How novelists weave fact into their fiction

Melissa Ashley, Dennis Glover and Kate Grenville with Irma Gold

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   1:30pm

Venue: Portsea Surf Life Saving Club

David Marr

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Creating Real Change Through Truth-telling, Songlines and Shared Knowledge with David Marr

David Marr, Thomas Mayo and Margo Neale with Natasha Mitchell

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   1:30pm

Venue: Halcyon Hall, The Continental

David Marr

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: The Art of the Essay with David Marr

Sarah Krasnostein, David Marr and Laura Tingle with Ramona Koval

Date:   Saturday 27 April

Time:   4:30pm

Venue: Sorrento Community Centre

Erik Jensen

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: The Morning Feed with Erik Jensen

Join our chat about the news of the day

Erik Jensen and Amy Remeikis with Tom Wright

Date:   Sunday 28 April

Time:   8:15am

Venue: Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Dennis Glover

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Writers on Writing with Dennis Glover

Three authors discuss their work, their writing journey and their creative process

Dennis Glover, Gail Jones and Myfanwy Jones with Laura Macdonald

Date:   Sunday 28 April

Time:   10:30am

Venue: The Barlow Room, The Continental

Lech Blaine

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: Australian Politics with Lech Blaine and Erik Jensen

Toward the 2025 election

Lech Blaine, Erik Jensen, Amy Remeikis and Niki Savva with Brendan Donohoe

Date:   Sunday 28 April

Time:   10:30am

Venue: Sorrento Community Centre

David Marr

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: David Marr in conversation with Barrie Cassidy

Date:   Sunday 28 April

Time:   10:30am

Venue: Halcyon Hall, The Continental

Erik Jensen

Sorrento Writers Festival 2024: The Power of Editorials with Erik Jensen

Do people still listen? Should they listen?

Eric Beecher, Erik Jensen and Laura Tingle with Jon Faine

Date:   Sunday 28 April

Time:   1:30pm

Venue: Sorrento Bowls Club

Anne Manne

Anne Manne in conversation with Tanya Wilks OAM

For many years, Newcastle was the centre of an extensive paedophile network run by members of the Anglican church – and protected by parishioners and community members who looked the other way. 

In this gripping book, author Anne Manne reveals how this network was able to avoid detection for so long, and how its ringleaders were finally exposed and brought to justice. At the centre of the story is a survivor, Steve Smith, who endured years of childhood abuse but refused to be silenced. 

Join us on Sunday, 28 April for the offical book launch of Crimes of the Cross, led by chair speaker Tanya Wilks OAM in conversation with author, Anne Manne and survivor, Steve Smith. 

Date:   Sunday 28 April

Time:   5:00pm

Venue: The Lock-Up, 90 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300

Price:   This is a free event.

Anne Manne

Anne Manne in conversation with David Marr

A searing expose of institutional child abuse, and the remarkable story of the survivors who would not be silenced

For many years, Newcastle was the centre of an extensive paedophile network run by members of the Anglican church – and protected by parishioners and community members who looked the other way.

In this gripping book, Anne Manne reveals how this network was able to avoid detection for so long, and how its ringleaders were finally exposed and brought to justice. At the centre of the story is a survivor, Steve Smith, who endured years of childhood abuse but refused to be silenced.

Drawing on extensive research and interviews with survivors, clergy, police and others, Manne explores how the network operated and how it became entrenched in the upper echelons of Newcastle society. She offers deep insights into the minds and strategies of abusers, and pays tribute to the victims and their tireless struggle for justice. Child sexual abuse has previously been thought of as an individual crime; Manne pioneers an examination of it as part of a network.

This is an unforgettable study of courage and faith in the face of unthinkable evil.

Date:   Monday 29 April

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe, NSW 2037 Australia

Price:   $12

Anne Manne

Writers @ Stanton: Anne Manne

Part of the Writers @ Stanton collection.

Join Anne Manne, author of Crimes of the Cross, and discover a searing expose of institutional child abuse, and the remarkable story of the survivors who would not be silenced.

Date:   Tuesday 30 April

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: Stanton Library, Level 1, 234 Miller St North Sydney, NSW 2060

Price:   This is a free event.

Joanne Wallis

Book Launch: Girt By Sea

Please join us for the launch of Girt by Sea: Re-Imagining Australia’s Security by Professor Joanne Wallis and Professor Rebecca Strating.

Hear from the authors as they discuss their reasons for reimagining how Australia should understand its strategic challenges and find lasting security. To do this, the authors turn their gazes to Australia's near region, focusing on the six maritime domains central to its national interests: the north seas (the Timor, Arafura and Coral Seas and the Torres Strait), the Western Pacific, the South China Sea, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and the Southern Ocean.

Following the launch, a public Q&A session with the authors on topics covered in the book and on related contemporary Australian security issues will be moderated by Professor Jessica Gallagher, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement).

Books will be available for purchase and both authors will be available to sign and personalise your copy.

Date:   Tuesday 30 April

Time:   5:30pm

Venue: National Wine Centre of Australia - Gallery Room Corner of Hackney Rd &, Botanic Rd, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Price:   This is a free event.

Alecia Simmonds

Alecia Simmonds in conversation with Stephanie Wood

Join award-winning author Alecia Simmonds as she uncovers a hidden history of love and heartbreak in the archives of law.

Until well into the twentieth century, heartbroken men and women in Australia had a legal redress for their suffering; jilted lovers could claim compensation for ‘breach of promise to marry’. Hundreds of people, mostly from the working classes, came before the courts, and their stories give us a tantalising insight into the romantic landscape of the past – where couples met, how they courted, and what happened when flirtations turned sour. In packed courtrooms and breathless newspaper reports, love letters were read as contracts and private gifts and gossip scrutinised as evidence.

Date:   Thursday 2 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Ashfield Town Hall, 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield, NSW 2131

Price:   This is a free event.

Toby Walsh

Melbourne Writers Festival 2024: Machines Behaving Badly with Toby Walsh

Join world-leading artificial intelligence expert Toby Walsh (Machines Behaving Badly) as he examines the possibilities and perils of emerging AI technologies, from ChatGPT to facial recognition and self-driving cars, with Elizabeth McCarthy. 
 

Date:   Friday 10 May

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Vision Australia Library, 454 Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong VIC 3144

Price:   This is a free event.

David Marr

Melbourne Writers Festival 2024: Year in Review with David Marr

What a difference a year makes in politics: the last of Australia’s COVID premiers resigned, voters said No to the Voice, and Anthony Albanese’s early-term honeymoon came to a close. In this special panel event, the country’s foremost political minds come together to review the highs and lows of the year that was and consider what lies ahead. Legendary reporters Sean Kelly, David Marr, Laura Tingle review the year in Australian politics and consider what lies ahead, in conversation with Michael Williams.  

Date:   Saturday 11 May

Time:   10:30am

Venue: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Price:   $35.00

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Melbourne Writers Festival 2024: The Ghost in the Machines with Marek Kowalkiewicz and Toby Walsh

‘This song sucks,’ was Nick Cave’s response to a ChatGPT song written in the style of Nick Cave, calling it “a grotesque mockery of what it is to be human.”
But as AI advances and outstrips our notions of its limits and potential, could it capture that essential, undefinable human quality of great art? And if so, how might we preserve the rights of artists? 

Leading AI experts Marek Kowalkiewicz (The Economy of Algorithms), Toby Walsh (Machines Behaving Badly) and Professor Margaret Cameron, Head of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at University of Melbourne, chat with Paul Barclay.   

Date:   Saturday 11 May

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: State Library Theatrette, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Price:   $25.00

David Marr

Melbourne Writers Festival 2024: Killing for Country with David Marr

David Marr shares insight into Killing for Country, his gripping reckoning with the brutal history of Australia’s unresolved frontier wars, in conversation with Sally Warhaft.  

Date:   Sunday 12 May

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: State Library Conversation Quarter, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Price:   $25

Joanne Wallis

Book Launch: Girt by Sea

Please note: this event has had a time change.

Join us to celebrate the launch of Rebecca Strating and Joanne Wallis' Girt by Sea.

Australia has drawn closer to many of its Asia-Pacific neighbours in recent years, but 'when push comes to shove, it continues to look well beyond the oceans and regions that surround it to the distant horizons of Europe and North America for its ultimate security guarantee'. In Girt by Sea, international-relations experts Strating and Wallis instead turn their gazes to Australia's near region, focusing on the six maritime domains central to its national interests- the north seas.

Ali Moore, ABC's 774 drive time presenter, will join Strating and Wallis in conversation.

Free, but bookings are essential.

Date:   Wednesday 15 May

Time:   7:30pm

Venue: Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053

Price:   This is a free event.

Toby Walsh

Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival 2024: Faking It with Toby Walsh

Often the goal of AI is to fake human intelligence, despite it being – as the name suggests – artificial and fundamentally different to human intellect. This sense of deceit has been present from the very beginning and now things like ChatGPT are able to truly deceive us. But can AI systems ever be creative? Can they be moral? What can we do to ensure they don’t become harmful? Join Professor Toby Walsh to explore all the ways AI fakes it rather than makes it, and what this means for humanity both now and in the future.

Hosted by Glynn Greensmith.

Date:   Sunday 19 May

Time:   11:00am

Venue: Main Stage, Margaret River HEART, 47 Wallcliffe Rd Margaret River, WA 6285

Price:   $30 or included in Weekend and Day Passes.

Samantha Faulkner

Samantha Faulkner in conversation with MARION Chair, Emma Batchelor

Hear from emerging and established writers from both today and the recent past, including Eddie Mabo, Thomas Mayo, Lenora Thaker,  Ellie Gaffney, Jillian Boyd-Bowie, Aaron Fa'Aoso and Jimi Bani. These and many more storytellers, mentors, traditional owners, doctors and teachers from the Torres Strait share their joy, culture, good eating, lessons learned and love of family, language and Country.

Discover stories of going dugong hunting and eating mango marinated in soy sauce. The smell of sugar cane and frangipani-scented sea breeze. Family, grandmothers and canoe time. Dancing, singing, weaving hats and making furniture from bamboo. Training as a doctor and advocating for healthcare for the Torres Strait. The loneliness of being caught between two cultures. Mission life, disconnection and being evacuated to the mainland during World War II. "Is that really your mum? Why is she black?". Not being Islander enough. Working hard to reconnect to your roots, and claiming back land and culture.

A book to treasure and share, this groundbreaking collection provides a unique perspective on the Torres Strait Islander experience.

Meet the editor Samantha Faullkner, in conversation with MARION Chair, Emma Batchelor.

Date:   Sunday 19 May

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Muse, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Ave, Griffith ACT 2603, Australia

Price:   $10

Ariane Beeston

Ariane Beeston in conversation with Daisy Turnbull

Because I'm Not Myself, You See: A Memoir of Motherhood, Madness and Coming Back From the Brink.

It is a frank, hopeful and darkly funny memoir of postpartum psychosis and recovery. Ariane Beeston is a child protection worker and newly registered psychologist when she gives birth to her first child – and very quickly begins to experience scary breaks with reality.

This will be a raw and intimate evening, Ariane will be joined by Daisy Turnbull, friend, fellow author, teacher and director of wellbeing.

Ariane will be available for a signing after the event. Books will be available for purchase on the night. Tickets include a welcome drink and shared grazing boards.

Doors open from 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start, seating is unallocated so arrive early to secure your spot!

Date:   Tuesday 21 May

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: East Village Sydney, Level 2 (Athletic Club), 243 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Price:   $25

Sam Roggeveen

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: Australia's Place in the World with Sam Roggeveen

In the wake of a shift in the global power balance, how can Australia best protect itself?

Two of Australia’s most interesting foreign policy thinkers take a fresh look at Australia’s place in the world and come to some surprising conclusions. Clinton Fernandes (Sub-Imperial Power) and Sam Roggeveen (The Echidna Strategy: Australia’s Search for Power and Peace) tackle the big questions about the US alliance, the threat of China, and underneath it all, what kind of country Australia really is.

Listen as Sam and Clinton reshape Australia’s understanding of itself in the international arena, in conversation with Verity Firth.

Date:   Thursday 23 May

Time:   11:00am

Venue: Carriageworks, Bay 19, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Price:   $25

Lech Blaine

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: On Peter Dutton with Lech Blaine

The Curiosity Lecture series returns to the Festival with a line-up of our most thought-provoking speakers delivering one-time talks on topics of intrigue, interest and importance. 

What does Peter Dutton know about the Australian electorate? Has he updated Menzies’ Forgotten People pitch for the age of anxiety? Or will he collapse the Liberals’ ‘broad church’?

Car Crash author Lech Blaine’s recent Quarterly EssayPeter Dutton and the Forgotten People, situates the Leader of the Opposition in the Australian suburbs his campaign targets. After the Liberal Party’s electoral coalition splintered in 2022, influential conservatives urged Dutton to pursue outer-suburban and regional seats held by Labor – a tactic he’s used in response to the Voice to Parliament referendum, mortgage crunch and housing crisis.

Reflect on Dutton’s political strategy and where he will lead the Coalition next.

Date:   Thursday 23 May

Time:   2:15pm

Venue: Carriageworks, Bay 24, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Price:   This is a free event.

Stephanie Smee

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: Found in Translation with Stephanie Smee

Translators are the publishing industry’s unsung heroes, uniting authors with readers beyond the borders of their native language.

Award-winning polyglots Jennifer Croft, Daniel Hahn and Stephanie Smee have introduced Anglophone audiences to some of the most celebrated writers in French, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian, including Nobel Laureates such as Olga Tokarczuk and José Saramago.

Explore the fine art of literary translation and the joys of reading diverse fiction from around the globe.

Date:   Thursday 23 May

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Carriageworks, Bay 19, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Price:   $25

David Marr

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: SWF Great Debate with David Marr and Toby Walsh

Humankind stands at a crossroads: will artificial intelligence make us superhumanly productive, liberating us from life’s most mundane tasks? Or have we opened Pandora’s box, unleashing sentient technology that will eventually destroy us?

In a colossal contest of persuasion and wit, two teams of our best and brightest debate whether artificial intelligence is better than the real thing.

Decide once and for all with team captains Annabel Crabb and David Marr, as they duke it out alongside teammates Matilda Boseley, Rhys Nicholson, Tracey Spicer and Toby Walsh. Adjudicated by Yumi Stynes.

Date:   Thursday 23 May

Time:   8:00pm

Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

Price:   $35

Robert Skinner

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: Your Favourites' Favourites with Robert Skinner

In Your Favourites’ Favourites, our most loved writers introduces one of their favourite authors.

South Australian-born broadcaster Annabel Crabb says she picked up Robert Skinner’s I’d Rather Not thinking he was a fellow countryman from the Adelaide Plains. By the time she realised he grew up in the suburb of Magill, she was already hooked.

Annabel describes Robert’s rollicking memoir as “an absolute bag of lollies”, bursting with tales about endless jobs, escape and thwarted searches for a richer life.

Laugh along with Annabel and the funniest new voice in Australian letters.

Date:   Friday 24 May

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Carriageworks, Track 12, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Price:   $25

David Marr

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: Colonial Truths with David Marr

Two icons of Australian writing, novelist Melissa Lucashenko and journalist David Marr, confront our nation's horrific past.

Melissa follows up her Miles Franklin–winning Too Much Lip with Edenglassie, a multigenerational epic beginning in Brisbane when First Nations people still outnumber the colonists.

David's soul-searching history Killing for Country grapples with politics and power in the colonial world, after discovering that his forebears served with the brutal Native Police.

Unpack the legacies of Australia's frontier wars with Melissa and David, discussing these groundbreaking books with journalist Matthew Condon.

Date:   Friday 24 May

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Carriageworks, Bay 20, The ARA Stage, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Price:   $40

David Baker

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: History of Sex with David Baker

How did sex begin? How did it evolve to become so varied and complex in humans? And what could sex look like for future generations? 

Hosted by evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks, this blush-worthy panel discussion features sex historian Esmé Louise James and historian David Baker. Esmé adapted her wildly popular TikTok series into a book, Kinky History: The Stories of Our Intimate Lives, Past and Present, and David’s Sex: Two Billion Years of Procreation and Recreation charts sex’s evolution from early life to sexbots.

Bone up on carnal knowledge across the centuries and find out what the future of fornication holds, in conversation with evolutionary biologist Robert Brooks.

Date:   Friday 24 May

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Carriageworks, Track 8, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Price:   $25

David Marr

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: Dicey Topics with David Marr and Benjamin Law

Each week in Good Weekend, Benjamin Law asks public figures to discuss the subjects we’re told to keep private by getting them to roll a die.

The numbers they land on are the topics they’re given: money, sex, death, religion, bodies, or politics. Join us for a special live edition of Dicey Topics at SWF with David Marr.

Date:   Saturday 25 May

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Carriageworks, Bay 24, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Price:   This is a free event.

Samantha Faulkner

Book Launch: Growing Up Torres Strait Islander in Australia

Join us with editor Samantha Faulkner to celebrate the release of Growing Up Torres Strait Islander in Australia! Samantha will be joined by Sydney writers and contributors Tetei Bakic-Tapim, Aaliyah-Jade Bradbury and Rhett Loban.

Ticket proceeds will go to Mura Kosker, an Indigenous not-for-profit organisation that advocates for human rights and improves family and kinship wellbeing in the Torres Strait, through tailored services and programs.

What makes Zenadth Kes/Torres Strait unique? And what is it like to be a Torres Strait Islander in contemporary Australia? Growing Up Torres Strait Islander in Australia, compiled by poet and author Samantha Faulkner, showcases the distinct identity of Torres Strait Islanders through their diverse voices and journeys.

Date:   Saturday 25 May

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042

Price:   $5

Lech Blaine

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: The Secret Lives of Politicians with Lech Blaine

What goes on behind the scenes of Australia’s most public figures?

Under the spotlight of public scrutiny, the names and faces of Australian politics have fallen in and out of favour in recent years. Who are the people behind the politics? How did they get to be where they are, and where will they go next?

Join key political commentators Lech Blaine, Margot Saville and Niki Savva as they examine the rise and fall of the Coalition, and dare to ask the question – what comes next?

Date:   Saturday 25 May

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Ashfield Town Hall, Ashfield NSW 2131

Price:   This is a free event.

Alan  Kohler

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: The Housing Crisis with Alan Kohler

Australia, a land of sweeping plains, has one of the lowest population densities on the planet. So, how did we end up with a housing shortage?

Veteran finance journalist Alan Kohler’s new Quarterly EssayThe Great Divide: Australia’s Housing Crisis and How to Fix It, investigates where things went wrong at the start of the 21st century with escalating property prices leading to a rental crisis, a dearth of public housing and a mortgage crunch.

Unpack the high price of housing with one of Australia’s most trusted voices in finance news, in conversation with economist and author Richard Holden.

Date:   Saturday 25 May

Time:   5:00pm

Venue: Carriageworks, Bay 19, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Price:   $25

Toby Walsh

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: Dark Technologies with Toby Walsh

Machines lead the charge on today’s battlefields, but what does this mean for the people caught in the crossfire?

Learn from journalist Antony Loewenstein, whose Walkley Award–winning investigation, The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports the Technology of Occupation Around the World, uncovered the widespread commercialisation and global deployment of Israeli weaponry tested in Palestinian territories. Antony is joined by AI expert Toby Walsh, whose new book, Faking It: Artificial Intelligence in a Human World, explores how AI impersonates human intelligence.

Join them in this vital conversation with host Michael Richardson about the intersection of technology, conflict, occupation and surveillance.

Date:   Sunday 26 May

Time:   3:30pm

Venue: Carriageworks, Track 8, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Price:   $25

David Marr

Sydney Writers' Festival 2024: Killing for Country with David Marr

David Marr was shocked to discover forebears who served with the brutal Native Police during the bloodiest years on the frontier.

The esteemed journalist and non-fiction writer turns his unflinching eye on this personal reckoning in Killing for Country: A Family Story. A feat of scholarship, The Age’s Frank Bongiorno lauded this soul-searching history of politics and power in the colonial world as “a timely exercise in truth-telling”.

Join David and host Laura Tingle to reckon with the violence of colonisation – and a war that is still unresolved in Australia today.

Date:   Sunday 26 May

Time:   4:30pm

Venue: Carriageworks, Bay 20, The ARA Stage, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Price:   $40

Ariane Beeston

Ariane Beeston in conversation with Clare Wright

Join us at Readings Carlton to hear Ariane Beeston in conversation with Clare Wright.

Ariane Beeston is a child protection worker and newly registered psychologist when she gives birth to her first child – and very quickly begins to experience scary breaks with reality. Her memoir Because I'm Not Myself, You See is a candid, often humorous memoir of motherhood and madness, interwoven with research and expert commentary. It's the story of the impossible pressures placed on new mothers and how quickly things can go wrong during 'the happiest time of your life'. It's also about life on the other side of serious illness, trying to make sense of what doesn't make sense, and finding humour, beauty and joy when things don't go according to plan.

Claire Tonti will also perform songs from her indie folk album, Matrescence. Laugh, cry and stomp your feet with this celebration of the messy, complex, beautiful and sometimes brutal transition to motherhood.

Professor Clare Wright OAM is an award-winning historian, author, broadcaster and public commentator who has worked in politics, academia and the media.

Free, but bookings are essential.

Date:   Monday 27 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings Carlton, Woiwurrung Country, 309 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053

Price:   This is a free event.

Ariane Beeston

Ariane Beeston in conversation with Kerri Sackville

Join us with Ariane Beeston to celebrate the release of Because I'm Not Myself, You See! Ariane will be joined by Kerri Sackville, with opening remarks from Dr Nicole Highet.

 

 

A frank, hopeful and darkly funny memoir of postpartum psychosis and recovery.

'How strange to be the observed and not the observer.'

Ariane Beeston is a child protection worker and newly registered psychologist when she gives birth to her first child – and very quickly begins to experience scary breaks with reality. Out of fear and shame, she keeps her delusions and hallucinations secret, but as the months pass Ariane gets worse. Much worse. Finally admitted to a mother and baby psychiatric unit, the psychologist is forced to learn how to be the patient.

With medication, the support of her husband, psychotherapy and, ultimately, time, Ariane rebuilds herself. And she also begins a new chapter working in perinatal mental health, developing resources to support other new mothers.

Because I'm Not Myself, You See is a candid, often humorous memoir of motherhood and madness, interwoven with research and expert commentary. It's the story of the impossible pressures placed on new mothers and how quickly things can go wrong during 'the happiest time of your life'. It's also about life on the other side of serious illness, trying to make sense of what doesn't make sense, and finding humour, beauty and joy when things don't go according to plan.

Date:   Thursday 30 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

Price:   This is a free event.

Samantha Faulkner

Brisbane Writers Festival 2024: Anthologising and Editing with Samantha Faulkner

Weaving together intimate personal accounts, oral histories and moral philosophy, these editors discuss the subtle art of anthologising – how, through multiple voices and perspectives, we can arrive at a fuller picture of the whole.

Date:   Friday 31 May

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Price:   $25.00

Marek Kowalkiewicz

Brisbane Writers Festival 2024: Machines Will Do the Work with Marek Kowalkiewicz

All anyone is talking about in 2024 is AI – what is it, what is it capable of, and should we be afraid or excited? These authors bring fascinating perspectives to what’s being touted by some as the greatest technological shift since the Industrial Revolution – and one denounced by its own creators as a potentially existential threat.

Date:   Sunday 2 June

Time:   10:00am

Venue: State Library Queensland, Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Price:   $25.00

Samantha Faulkner

Brisbane Writers Festival 2024: Growing Up Torres Strait Islander in Australia with Samantha Faulkner

Meet the visionary editor Samantha Faulkner and a group of writers and contributors to this latest publication in the incredible Growing Up series. Hear what it means to be a Torres Strait Islander in Australia’s past, present and future at this very special launch event introduced by esteemed First Nations leader Dr Jackie Huggins.

Date:   Sunday 2 June

Time:   11:30am

Venue: Queensland State Library, Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Price:   This is a free event.

Ariane Beeston

Ariane Beeston in conversation with Joanna Nell

Because I'm Not Myself, You See: A memoir of motherhood, madness and coming back from the brink.

Local author Ariane Beeston's book is a frank, hopeful and darkly funny memoir of postpartum psychosis and recover and one of the most affecting books I've read this year.
As a psychologist herself, Ariane was perfectly skilled to try and shield those around her from her symptoms until she couldn't pretend any longer. The beautiful writing belies the awfulness described but in no way lessens it.

Ariane will be in conversation with author and GP Joanna Nell and will be signing books after the event.

Date:   Wednesday 5 June

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Niche Mosman 5/713-715 Military Road, Mosman NSW 2088

Price:   $50.00.

Tony Birch

Tony Birch in conversation with Ruby Lowe

In the latest instalment of the Writers-on-Writers series, Tony Birch offers profound insights into Kim Scott's unique approach to storytelling, exploring how fiction serves as a powerful conduit to truth. Join us at the library for an engaging discussion with acclaimed author Tony Birch and Ruby Lowe. Together they will delve into the captivating world of Noongar writer Kim Scott.

Bookings essential.

This is a hybrid event, so please choose either an online or in-person ticket.

Date:   Wednesday 5 June

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Carlton Library, 667 Rathdowne St Carlton North, VIC 3054

Price:   This is a free event.

Khin Myint

Book Launch: Fragile Creatures — a memoir.

Come and celebrate the launch of this extraordinary memoir set in Fremantle and beyond.

Embark on a heartfelt journey with Khin Myint from Perth to the United States as he navigates the challenges of supporting his sister, Theda, who keeps a euthanasia drug under her bed amidst a mysterious illness. With humor, wonder, and honesty, Khin confronts his past and present, exploring themes of family, identity, and life’s toughest choices. Immerse yourself in this unforgettable tale of love and human spirit.

“Calm, patient, and searching…steadfast in the face of unthinkable suffering.” —Helen Garner.

“Compelling and compassionate…an extraordinary story I will keep thinking about for a long time to come.” —Alice Pung.

“A fearless exploration of masculinity, families, and racism…quietly devastating and uplifting.” —Kristina Olsson.

Date:   Friday 7 June

Time:   7:00pm

Venue: Chesterfield Lounge Bar, 39 High Street Fremantle, WA 6160

Price:   This is a free event.

Ariane Beeston

Ariane Beeston In Conversation with Jennifer Down

Because I’m Not Myself, You See is a candid, often humorous memoir of motherhood and madness, interwoven with research and expert commentary. It’s the story of the impossible pressures placed on new mothers and how quickly things can go wrong during ‘the happiest time of your life’.

Join author Ariane Beeston in conversation with 2022 Miles Franklin Award winner, Jennifer Down, with introductory remarks by the CEO of COPE (Centre for Perinatal Excellence), Nicole Highet. 

Suitable for adults. Free event and bookings essential.

Date:   Thursday 13 June

Time:   7:00pm

Venue: Elsternwick Library, 4 Staniland Grove, Elsternwick VIC 3185

Price:   This is a free event.

Ariane Beeston

Author Talk: Ariane Beeston

Ariane Beeston is a child protection worker and newly registered psychologist when she gives birth to her first child – and very quickly begins to experience scary breaks with reality. Out of fear and shame, she keeps her delusions and hallucinations
secret, but as the months pass Ariane gets worse. Much worse. Finally admitted to a mother and baby psychiatric unit, the psychologist is forced to learn how to be the patient.

Book sales and author signings will be offered at this event.

If you need any assistance to participate in this event, please contact [email protected] at least two weeks prior to the event date.

Date:   Friday 14 June

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop Street Geelong, VIC, 3220

Price:   This is a free event.

Khin Myint

Khin Myint In Conversation with Alice Pung

Join us to hear Khin Myint in conversation with Alice Pung as they discuss Myint's Fragile Creatures.

Fragile Creatures is a family story told with humour, wonderment and complete honesty. This is a book about what happens when realities clash - it's about care, truth and the hardest choices. It will sweep you up and leave you stunned at its power.

Free, but bookings are essential.

Date:   Tuesday 18 June

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon St, Carlton, Woiwurrung Country, Victoria, 3053

Price:   This is a free event.

Ariane Beeston

Ariane Beeston in conversation with Carly-Jay Metcalfe

Join us for a conversation between Ariane Beeston and Carly-Jay Metcalfe for the book Because I'm Not Myself, You See. 

Ariane Beeston is a child protection worker and newly registered psychologist when she gives birth to her first child – and very quickly begins to experience scary breaks with reality. Out of fear and shame, she keeps her delusions and hallucinations secret, but as the months pass Ariane gets worse. Much worse. Finally admitted to a mother and baby psychiatric unit, the psychologist is forced to learn how to be the patient.

With medication, the support of her husband, psychotherapy and, ultimately, time, Ariane rebuilds herself. And she also begins a new chapter working in perinatal mental health, developing resources to support other new mothers.

Because I'm Not Myself, You See is a candid, often humorous memoir of motherhood and madness, interwoven with research and expert commentary. It's the story of the impossible pressures placed on new mothers and how quickly things can go wrong during 'the happiest time of your life'. It's also about life on the other side of serious illness, trying to make sense of what doesn't make sense, and finding humour, beauty and joy when things don't go according to plan.

Date:   Friday 28 June

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End QLD 4101

Price:   $15