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Upcoming events

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Black Inc. authors at Perth Festival: Literature & Ideas

Perth Festival’s stellar Literature & Ideas program includes many Black Inc. writers. Don't miss Benjamin Law and Jess Hill, as well as a free session on Growing Up African in Australia with editors Maxine Beneba Clarke and Ahmed Yussuf, and contributor Rafeif Ismail.

Date:   Friday 21 February

Time:   9:00am

Venue: Perth Festival

Andrew Wear

Andrew Wear at Brotherhood of St Laurence (VIC)

Andrew Wear (public policy expert and author of Solved!) will be interviewed by the Brotherhood’s Executive Director Conny Lenneberg. They will explore Andrew’s research into policy approaches that are successful elsewhere and the transferability of these to Australia. The discussion will traverse broad territory including tackling inequality, addressing violence and achieving zero emissions.

Date:   Thursday 27 February

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Brotherhood of St Laurence Head Office, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Price:   This is a free event.

Anna Goldsworthy

Black Inc. authors at Adelaide Writers’ Week

Don’t miss Black Inc. authors David Marr, Alice Pung, Margaret Simons, Ross Garnaut, Anna Goldsworthy, Anna Krien, Jess Hill and Benjamin Law at Adelaide Writers’ Week.

Date:   Saturday 29 February

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: Adelaide Writers’ Week

Rory Medcalf

Launch: Contest for the Indo-Pacific (ACT)

Join us for the launch of the highly anticipated Contest for the Indo-Pacific, with a presentation from the author and reflections from Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women, and Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. The ANU, National Security College is honoured to host this launch, in keeping with the bipartisan spirit of our mission to deepen Australia's national security debate.

Attendees are invited to join us for canapes, light refreshments and book signings after the seminar.

Bookings required.

Date:   Tuesday 3 March

Time:   6:15pm

Venue: Cultural Centre Kambri (ANU Building 153), University Avenue, Acton, ACT 2601

Price:   This is a free event.

Ross Garnaut

Ross Garnaut in conversation at La Trobe University (VIC)

In his new book, Superpower: Australia’s Low-Carbon Opportunity, Garnaut says that while the fog of politics on climate change has obscured a fateful reality, Australia has the potential to be an economic superpower of the future post-carbon world.

What are these opportunities? And what needs to happen for them to be realised? To explore these and other questions about climate change and Australia’s future, please join us for a conversation with Professor Ross Garnaut, to be hosted by Professor Lawrie Zion.

Date:   Wednesday 4 March

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: La Trobe University, Eastern Lecture Theatre (ELT 1 and 3), Kingsbury Drive, Bundoora, VIC 3086

Price:   This is a free event.

Andrew Wear

Solved! Launch (VIC)

Join us for the launch of Andrew Wear’s Solved! – a much-needed dose of optimism in an atmosphere of doom and gloom, a toolkit for those seeking social change. Informative, accessible and revelatory, this book shows the solutions exist – we just need to know where to find them.

The book will be launched by writer Van Badham.

Free, no booking required.

Date:   Wednesday 4 March

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

Price:   This is a free event.

Rory Medcalf

Rory Medcalf in conversation at State Library Victoria

Professor Rory Medcalf (Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University) will be in conversation with Dr Rebecca Strating (Executive Director, La Trobe Asia) at the Melbourne launch of his new book Contest for the Indo-Pacific: Why China Won't Map the Future published by La Trobe University Press.

The event will be introduced by Penny Burtt, Group CEO, Asialink.

This is a free event, but bookings are required.

Date:   Thursday 5 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Theatrette (Entry 3 off La Trobe Street), State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Price:   This is a free event.

Andrew Wear

Solved! Launch (NSW)

Join us to launch Andrew Wear’s Solved! at Gleebooks. In conversation with Jonathan Pearlman.

In Solved!, policy adviser Andrew Wear examines what has worked around the world and how we can apply the lessons at home, introducing us to inspiring community leaders, renowned authorities and visionary policymakers transforming the globe.

This is a free event, but bookings are required.

Date:   Thursday 5 March

Time:   6:00pm

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

Price:   This is a free event.

Jess Hill

Jess Hill at All About Women festival (NSW)

Whatever country or culture you belong to, gendered abuse and violence is found across the world. In Australia, one in four women has experienced violence from a male intimate partner. In Pakistan, "honour killings", where women are killed by male relatives, are still occurring. Jess Hill's new book, See What You Made Me Do, is a four year investigation which focusses on the actions of the abusers rather than the victims has shifted the the national conversation. Sanam Maher's investigation into the 2016 murder of Pakistan's first female internet celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, is a fascinating and devastating look at violent patriarchal systems in Pakistan. Join these leading journalists for a cross cultural conversation about the universal emergency of violence against women.

Date:   Sunday 8 March

Time:   11:00am

Venue: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000

Price:   $33

Rory Medcalf

Rory Medcalf in conversation at the Lowy Institute (NSW)

The Lowy Institute is pleased to host the Sydney launch of a new book by Rory Medcalf, Contest for the Indo-Pacific, which weaves together history, geopolitics, cartography, military strategy, economics, games, and propaganda to examine the rising tensions in the region and address the question of how China’s dominance can be restrained without war.

Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove will host Professor Medcalf for the launch of his new book, followed by a conversation and Q&A.

Date:   Tuesday 10 March

Time:   12:45pm

Venue: Lowy Institute, 31 Bligh Street, Sydney NSW

Price:   $50

Ross Garnaut

Ross Garnaut author talk and lunch in Brisbane (QLD)

Australia is increasingly focussed on climate change and how we adapt to it. Hear why and how we must develop new industry and jobs, diversify our economy, attract the capital and develop the expertise that can make Australia a global superpower in the low-carbon future.

Date:   Wednesday 11 March

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Corner Merivale and Glenelg Streets, Brisbane

Price:   $197 / $320

Ross Garnaut

Ross Garnaut and Christiana Figueres on climate (VIC)

At this special event, Christiana Figueres will be joined by distinguished Australian climate economist Ross Garnaut. With his new book, Superpower, about energy economics in Australia, Garnaut brings a message of optimism, opportunity and urgency, too. ‘We have unparalleled renewable energy resources,’ he writes. ‘We also have the necessary scientific skills.’

After the chaos and failure of the Copenhagen talks in 2009, Figueres spearheaded a historic agreement of 196 nations at Paris – an achievement few believed was possible. Garnaut has been a household name in Australia since his prescient report on the economics of climate change to the Commonwealth Parliament in 2008.  

Hear these two peerless heavyweights in conversation at the Athenaeum Theatre, as they discuss reasons for hope and roadmaps for change. Hosted by Andrew Wear, whose new book Solved! explores solutions for some of the world's biggest problems.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Presented in partnership with WOMADelaide's Planet Talks Programme.

Date:   Friday 13 March

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000

Price:   $35 / $30

Kathie Sutherland

Kathie Sutherland talk and pre-launch of Brett Whiteley at NGV (VIC)

Ahead of the release of Schwartz City’s monumental Brett Whiteley: Catalogue Raisonné: 1955–1992, author Kathie Sutherland discusses the process of compiling the seven-volume title, which has been eight years in the making.

Date:   Saturday 14 March

Time:   11:00am

Venue: NGV International, Grollo Equiset Garden Ground Level, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006

Price:   This is a free event.

Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe in conversation at The Wheeler Centre (VIC)

Two prolific Australian writers have recently published new works of fiction. Here Until August is Josephine Rowe’s collection of short stories; Liam Pieper’s latest novel is Sweetness and Light.

Their books separately explore disquiet and uncertainty, the intoxicating effect of new surroundings, and characters suspended between choice and fate. In conversation for Double Booked Club, join Josephine Rowe and Liam Pieper for a chat about their recent books, their backlist titles, and the processes of writing, reading and storycraft.

Date:   Monday 16 March

Time:   6:15pm

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Price:   This is a free event.

Anna Goldsworthy

Anna Goldsworthy talk and performance at Melbourne Recital Centre (VIC)

To coincide with the release of her new novel, Melting Moments, Anna Goldsworthy presents a series of readings interspersed with performances from Schubert’s Moments Musicaux.

Beginning in 1941, Melting Moments offers a portrait of a woman’s life over six decades as a series of key moments. It explores the themes of fate, transience, intimacy, and forgiveness, for which Schubert’s music provides such rich illustration.

‘Sometimes she would wheel Mother into the dining hall to hear Charlie play, on the battered old upright piano. Sitting in her wheelchair, Mother remained a picture of dignity, but if he started playing the Moments Musicaux, the tears would leak from her eyes and flood her face. Ruby wondered where the music took her to. Did it take her to a place where disappointment did not exist? Was there even such a place?’

Date:   Tuesday 17 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Melbourne

Price:   $40

Sean O'Beirne

Sean O’Beirne at Better Read Than Dead (NSW)

Sean O'Bierne's brilliant debut collection mixes the storytelling originality of George Saunders and Lydia Davis with a sensibility all his own, taking the reader on an extraordinary tour of an old and a new Australia. Find out why Helen Garner and Christos Tsiolkas are fans. 

Sean discusses A Couple of Things Before the End with a guest to be announced soon. Drinks and nibbles provided. 

Date:   Tuesday 17 March

Time:   6:30pm

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

Price:   This is a free event.