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Laura Tingle

Laura Tingle in conversation

Laura Tingle’s latest Quarterly Essay asks what has gone wrong with political leadership in Australia? Come along to hear Laura Tingle examine political leadership in general – including profiles in courage, and cunning – as well as styles of leadership from Macron and Merkel to Keating and Obama.

Tingle will be joined in conversation by James Button.
Free, but please book here.

Date:   Sunday 30 September

Time:   2:00pm

Venue: Readings Hawthorn — 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122

Price:   This is a free event

Ceridwen  Dovey

Writers on Writers: Ceridwen Dovey on JM Coetzee

Join Laura Jean McKay in conversation with author Ceridwen Dovey, discussing her new book, On JM Coetzee, the fourth book in the Writers on Writers series, in which leading writers reflect on another Australian writer who has inspired and influenced them.

From South Africa to Australia, Ceridwen Dovey draws on family history to explore the Nobel Prize-winning writer’s work, tracing an intellectual heritage that has been passed from mother to daughter.

Also see a superb selection of Coetzee first editions from the Library’s Graham and Anita Anderson Collection, donated by Judge Graham Anderson.

Writers on Writers is a collaboration between independent publisher Black Inc., the University of Melbourne and State Library Victoria.

About the author

Ceridwen Dovey was born in South Africa and grew up between South Africa and Australia. Her debut novel, Blood Kin, was published in 15 countries and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award. Her second book, Only the animals, won the inaugural 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award, and her new novel, In the garden of the fugitives, was published earlier this year. She writes non-fiction regularly for newyorker.com and The Monthly, and lives in Sydney.

About the host Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia and has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. 

Date:   Thursday 4 October

Time:   7:00pm

Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette

Price:   This is a free event

Laura Tingle

Laura Tingle in conversation with Fleur Anderson

Laura Tingle and Fleur Anderson will be in conversation on Laura's new Quarterly Essay, Follow The Leader. What has gone wrong with political leadership in Australia? And are things likely to change with a change of leader or government?

In this crisp and timely essay, Laura Tingle examines political leadership in general - some profiles in courage, and cunning - as well as styles of leadership. She looks at Macron and Merkel, Keating and Obama.

Tingle notes that leaders must command not only their country, but also their party. Where does this leave Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten? She observes that Turnbull came to power seeking to do the opposite of everything Tony Abbott did, but neither leader's approach has been seen as a success. Why? And what can Australia's next prime minister learn from this?

Laura Tingle is chief political correspondent for ABC TV's 7.30 and former Political Editor of The Australian Financial Review. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, and Walkley awards in 2005 and 2011. She is the author of Chasing the Future: Recession, Recovery and the New Politics in Australia and two acclaimed Quarterly Essays, Great Expectations and Political Amnesia.

Before joining 89 Degrees East Communications Agency as a Senior Consultant, Fleur Anderson was a senior political journalist and parliamentary sketch writer with The Australian Financial Review, a regular panellist on ABC's Insiders, Vice-President of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery and a founding member of the Canberra branch of Women in Media. Fleur Anderson is the author of On Sleep (MUP, 2018). Pre-event book signing will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event.This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books will be available to purchase.

Date:   Friday 5 October

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Australian Centre on China in the World

Price:   This is a free event

Ceridwen  Dovey

Ceridwen Dovey in conversation with Stephen Romei

Award-winning writer, Ceridwen Dovey explores Nobel Prize-winner, J.M. Coetzee’s work. In conversation with The Australian’s Literart Editor, Stephen Romei. 

Date:   Friday 5 October

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, NSW 2037

Price:   $12

 Moreno  Giovannoni

Author Talk: Moreno Giovannoni

Acclaimed Italian-English translator, Moreno Giovannoni discussed his stunning debut novel, The Fireflies of Autumn. This is Tuscany as you have never seen it before. 

To reserve a place, please contact Wangaratta Library on 03 5721 2366, or email [email protected]

 

Date:   Saturday 6 October

Time:   10:30am

Venue: Wangaratta Library, 21 Docker Street, Wangaratta, VIC 3677

Price:   This is a free event

Laura Tingle

Laura Tingle in conversation

This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

The Courier-Mail's Dennis Atkins is in-conversation with Laura Tingle discussing her Quarterly Essay (QE) Follow the Leader: Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman.

What has gone wrong with political leadership in Australia? And are things likely to change with a change of leader or government?

In this crisp and timely essay, Laura Tingle examines political leadership in general – some profiles in courage, and cunning – as well as styles of leadership. She looks at Macron and Merkel, Keating and Obama.

Tingle notes that leaders must command not only their country, but also their party. Where does this leave Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten? She observes that Turnbull came to power seeking to do the opposite of everything Tony Abbott did, but neither leader’s approach has been seen as a success. Why? And what can Australia’s next prime minister learn from this?

Laura Tingle is chief political correspondent for ABC TV’s 7.30. She won the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism in 2004, and Walkley awards in 2005 and 2011. She is the author of Chasing the Future: Recession, Recovery and the New Politics in Australia and two acclaimed Quarterly Essays, Great Expectations and Political Amnesia.

Date:   Friday 12 October

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: 193 Boundary St, West End Qld 4101

Price:   QE & ticket $23.99 / Ticket only $7.50

Meshel Laurie

Comedy Show: Meshel Laurie - Bad Buddhist

Meshel Laurie is a radio and television personality, and a board member in Australia for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. She is a regular panelist on The Project, the author of four books and hosts two of Australia’s most downloaded podcasts.

Date:   Saturday 20 October

Time:   7:00pm

Venue: Rhino Room, 1/131 Pirie Street, Adelaide, SA 5000

Price:   $35.00

Comedy Show: Meshel Laurie - Bad Buddhist

Comedy Show: Meshel Laurie - Bad Buddhist

Buddhism is a practice, not a perfect. But let’s face it; sometimes Meshel Laurie is a downright Bad Buddhist. Meshel Laurie is a radio and television personality, and a board member in Australia for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. She is a regular panelist on The Project, the author of four books and hosts two of Australia’s most downloaded podcasts.

Date:   Saturday 27 October

Time:   8:30pm

Venue: The Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen Street, Yarraville, VIC 3013

Price:   $25-$99

Ceridwen  Dovey

Author Talk: Ceridwen Dovey

Award-winning writer, Ceridwen Dovey explores Nobel Prize-winner, J.M. Coetzee’s work. In conversation with novelist, Tegan Bennett Daylight.

To reserve a place, please contact Gleebooks Blackheath on 02 4787 6340

Date:   Sunday 28 October

Time:   2:00pm

Venue: Gleebooks Blackheath, Shop 1, Collier's Arcade, Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, NSW 2785

Price:   This is a free event

Meshel Laurie

Comedy Show: Meshel Laurie - Bad Buddhist

Buddhism is a practice, not a perfect. But let’s face it; sometimes Meshel Laurie is a downright Bad Buddhist. Meshel Laurie is a radio and television personality, and a board member in Australia for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. She is a regular panelist on The Project, the author of four books and hosts two of Australia’s most downloaded podcasts.

Date:   Saturday 3 November

Time:   5:30pm

Venue: Giant Dwart Theatre, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, NSW 2016

Price:   $39.00

Les Murray

Launch: Collected Poems: Les Murray

Les Murray is one of Australia's most celebrated poets. Hear him discuss his new and updated Collected Poems at the State Library of NSW, in conversation with State Librarian, Dr John Vallance.

Date:   Wednesday 7 November

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: State Library NSW, Metcalf Auditorium, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Price:   $20.00

David Marr

David Marr in conversation with Richard Fidler

David Marr, one of Australia's most unflinching, forensic reporters of political controversy, discusses his new book My Country in conversation with ABC Conversations Presenter, Richard Fidler.

Date:   Wednesday 7 November

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Australian Institute of Architects, 3 Manning St, Potts Point, NSW 2011

Price:   $15/$50 incl. book

David Marr

David Marr in conversation with Jenny Brockie

David Marr, one of Australia's most unflinching, forensic reporters of political controversy, discusses his new book My Country in conversation with SBS Television's, Jenny Brockie.

Date:   Thursday 8 November

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW 2037

Price:   $9/$12

David Marr

Author Talk: David Marr

David Marr, one of Australia's most unflinching, forensic reporters of political controversy, discusses his new book, My Country.

Date:   Wednesday 14 November

Time:   1:00pm

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

Price:   This is a free event.

David Marr

David Marr in conversation with Emma Griffiths

David Marr, one of Australia's most unflinching, forensic reporters of political controversy, discusses his new book My Country in conversation with ABC Brisbane Presenter, Emma Griffiths.

Date:   Friday 16 November

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba, QLD 4171

Price:   $8.00

David Marr

David Marr in conversation with George Megalogenis

David Marr, one of Australia's most unflinching, forensic reporters of political controversy, discusses his new book My Country in conversation with George Megalogenis.

Date:   Wednesday 21 November

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

Price:   $40.00, incl. a signed first edition hardback