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Fashion Revolution Lecture

Fashion Revolution comes to UTS Sydney!
 
Australian Coordinator of Fashion Revoluton and ethical sourcing consultant, Melinda Tually, will take us through an introduction to the Fashion Revolution movement and how the fashion industry is changing in response to calls for greater tranpsarency and responsibility.
 
Clare Press, author of Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion, Marie Clare Australia Fashion Editor-At-Large and Daily Life’s Sustainable Style columnist as well as Fashion Revolution commitee member will discuss some of the many intriguing issues she delves into in her new book as seen from an Australian industry and consumer perspective.
 
Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to hear both of these incredible women discuss their knowledge, experience and views of a radically changing industry!

Date:   Monday 24 April

Time:   6:00am

Venue: Textiles Lecture Space - Room 47 Level 3 (street level) Building 6 - Design and Architecture Building, Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

Price:   $10

Allan Gyngell

The History of Australian Foreign Affairs and Its Impact on our Place in the World Now

Allan Gyngell's new book Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World since 1942 is a gripping and authoritative account of the way Australians and their governments have helped create the world we now inhabit. 

Join Allan Gyngell, former Executive Director of the Lowy Institute and former Prime Minister Paul Keating for a discussion of the history of Australian foreign affairs and its impact on our place in the world now.

Date:   Wednesday 26 April

Time:   12:45pm

Venue: Lowy Institute 3/1 Bligh Street Sydney NSW

Price:   This is a free event.

Allan Gyngell

Allan Gyngell - Fear of Abandonment

Everything Australia wants to achieve as a country depends on its capacity to understand the world outside and to respond effectively to it.

In Fear of Abandonment, expert and insider Allan Gyngell tells the story of how Australia has shaped the world and been shaped by it since it established an independent foreign policy during the dangerous days of 1942. Gyngell argues that the fear of being abandoned – originally by Britain, and later by our most powerful ally, the United States – has been an important driver of how Australia acts in the world. Spanning events as diverse as the Malayan Emergency, the White Australia Policy, the Vietnam War, Whitlam in China, apartheid in South Africa, East Timorese independence and the current South China Sea dispute, this vivid narrative history reveals how Australia has evolved as a nation on the world stage.

Fear of Abandonment is a gripping and authoritative account of the way Australians and their governments have helped create the world we now inhabit in the twenty-first century. In revealing the history of Australian foreign affairs, it lays the foundation for how it should change. 

Date:   Wednesday 26 April

Time:   6:00pm

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

Price:   $12/$9/gleeclub free

David Hunt

Meet the Author: David Hunt

In this side-splitting sequel to his best-selling history, David Hunt transports us to the Australian frontier. This was the Wild South, home to hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers, nervous Indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep.

David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own bios for all the books he has written. David is the author of Girt and True Girt.

Date:   Thursday 27 April

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Hornsby Central Library. 28-44 George St, entry via Hunter Lane 28-44 George St Entry via Hunter Lane Hornsby, NSW 2077

Price:   $4.70

Glenn McFarlane

Champions of Collingwood Book Signing with Tony Shaw and Nick Maxwell

Meet Tony Shaw and Nick Maxwell -Collingwood's last two Premiership captains - signing copies of CHAMPIONS OF COLLINGWOOD.

Collingwood fans rejoice - Champions of Collingwood is the ultimate collection of the best players ever to have pulled on the black-and-white jumper. With over 600 stunning photographs, many of them never before published, as well as rare archival material, the book is a magnificent celebration of the club’s 125th anniversary, and a must-have item for every Magpies fan.

Early legends and larrikins sit side by side with current-day characters and champions in a full-colour book to savour and treasure: the definitive portrait of the players whose blood, sweat and tears made Collingwood the most famous sporting club in Australia.

Celebrate the release of Champions of Collingwood, get your book signed and meet Tony Shaw and Nick Maxwell! 

Register your interest by completing a 'booking' here on Trybooking, bring your printed ‘ticket’ along with you to go in the draw to win a signed, blockmounted book poster.

Due to time constraints, Tony and Nick will only be signing copies of Champions of Collingwood, no merchandise please.

Date:   Wednesday 3 May

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Dymocks Melbourne, 234 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Price:   This is a free event.

David Hunt

Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival 2017

David Hunt will be a guest of the 2017 Big Sky Festival in Geraldton, WA.

Date:   Friday 5 May

Time:   5:30pm

Venue: Geraldton Universities Centre, Geraldton, WA

David Marr

David Marr author talk

In the new Quarterly Essay, The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race, David looks at Australia’s politics of fear, resentment and race and prejudice.

David Marr will be joined in conversation by journalist William Verity.

Tickets: $45 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.
Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634

Date:   Wednesday 10 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Centennial Winery, 252 Centennial Rd, Bowral

Price:   $45, includes dinner and wine

Linda Jakobson

China Matters

Australia’s prosperity and security are linked to China as never before. But what kind of a country is China becoming? Will its demand for Australian goods and services increase? Can the Communist Party continue to keep the middle class satisfied while cracking down on political freedoms? How will China use its economic and military might, especially if challenged by President Trump?

Date:   Wednesday 10 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Balmain Library, 370 Darling Street, Balmain NSW 2041

Price:   This is a free event.

Wendy Mak

Wendy Mak and The Capsule Wardrobe

Meet professional stylist Wendy Mak as she shows you how to streamline your wardrobe and curate a 1000-outfit wardrobe from just thirty-pieces. By sharing styling secrets from her new book The Capsule Wardrobe, Wendy will teach you how to have a clutter free wardrobe by maximising your fashion choices, flattering your body type and refining your personal style - no matter what your budget.

Date:   Saturday 20 May

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: Frankson Library, 60 Playne Street, Frankston VIC 3199

Price:   This is a free event.

David Marr

David Marr on The White Queen

In this timely Quarterly Essay, David Marr looks at Australia’s politics of fear, resentment and race. Who votes One Nation, and why? How much of this is due to inequality? How much to racism? How should the major parties respond to anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim voices? What damage do Australia’s new entrepreneurs of hate inflict on the nation?

Date:   Monday 22 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: My Bookshop, 430 Toorak Road, 
Toorak VIC 3142

David Hunt

Event: David Hunt: True Girt (Chatswood)

First there was Girt, now there’s ... True Girt. In this side-splitting sequel, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier. True Girt gathers a cast of characters including hard-drinking Tasmanian governor Thomas Davey, who invented the ‘Blow My Skull’ cocktail; Captain Moonlite, Australia’s most infamous LGBTI bushranger; and Harry, the first camel used in Australian exploration, who shot dead the explorer John Horrocks. Join David as he discusses these colourful characters and more.

Free, bookings essential.

Presented with Chatswood Library and Willoughby City Council.

Date:   Wednesday 24 May

Time:   12:30pm

Venue: Chatswood Library on the Concourse Lower Ground, The Concourse - 409 Victoria Avenue Chatswood

Price:   This is a free event.

Anita Heiss

SWF: Kick on for Literacy: A Fundraiser for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Prestigious Festival guests face off in a debate that has long divided us: is the book better than the ball? Lovers of AFL including Shelley Ware (from cult footy show Marngrook) and David Lawrence argue in favour of the book, while the likes of authors Anita Heiss and Graeme Simsion are ardent supporters of the ball. Audience participation is encouraged at this special Festival event which features auctions, raffles, and a performance by Play School’s Justine Clarke, all held in The Hemingway Bar. Hosted by the Epic Good Foundation as a fundraiser for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Date:   Wednesday 24 May

Time:   7:30pm

Venue: Pier 2/3 The Hemingway Bar Pier 2/3 - within Curiosity stage Walsh Bay

Price:   $35

David Marr

Insiders Live at Sydney Writers' Festival

Host Barrie Cassidy leads Niki Savva, David Marr and Lenore Taylor through the political highs and lows of the year to date. Photographer Mike Bowers hosts a Talking Pictures segment with cartoonist Fiona Katauskas. The event includes video highlights of some of the nonsense that passes for politics, and the best gaffes that 2017 has produced so far.

Date:   Wednesday 24 May

Time:   7:30pm

Venue: Roslyn Packer Theatre 22 Hickson Road Walsh Bay

Price:   $45 / $35 / $25

Tom Griffiths

SWF: Being a Historian in the Digital Age

As advancements in technology allow us to revisit and revise our past, what is gained and what is lost? Nick Brodie’s 1787 counters the established narrative of Australian settlement, Tom Griffiths explores our changing understanding of Australian history in The Art of Time Travel and Mark McKenna’s From The Edge uncovers Australia’s forgotten stories. Join them in a discussion with Jürgen Tampke to gain a new perspective on the way we think about the past. 

Date:   Thursday 25 May

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Philharmonia Studio Pier 4/5, Hickson Road Walsh Bay NSW 2000

Price:   $15

David Marr

SWF: The Art of Biography

How do leaders become legends, and how does a writer expose the person behind the public face? David Marr has explored the lives of controversial politicians, eminent journalists and literary luminaries. Julia Baird revisited the life of a monarch for Victoria: The Queen, Wilson imagined the life of naturalist George Forster, who travelled with Captain Cook, and Troy Bramston wrote a sweeping biography of Paul Keating. David Marr leads a spirited discussion about why there is no such thing as a definitive biography.

Date:   Thursday 25 May

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Roslyn Packer Theatre 22 Hickson Road Walsh Bay

Price:   $30 / $25

David Marr

SWF: Crimes of the Father

As country after country reels from revelations about the systemic sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, three of Australia’s pre‑eminent voices discuss the crimes and causes of this institutional dysfunction. Tom Keneally (Crimes of the Father), David Marr (Quarterly Essay: The Prince), and James M. Miller (The Priests) join Louise Adler for a powerful conversation about sexual abuse, conscience and celibacy in the Catholic Church.

Date:   Thursday 25 May

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Wharf 2 Theatre Pier 4/5, Hickson Road Walsh Bay

Price:   $20 / $15

George Megalogenis

SWF: Who the Bloody Hell Are We?

For decades, social researchers have been debating and dissecting what it means to be Australian. In this fascinating session, two of our best social spies come together to pool their findings on what makes us tick. Guest curator Rebecca Huntley has traversed the continent for her enthralling book on Australian attitudes Still Lucky. For three decades, bestselling author George Megalogenis (Balancing Act) has been using history, politics, culture and economics to build compelling theses about Australia and where it stands in the world. Rebecca and George discuss what’s changed about us, and what’s stayed the same.  

Date:   Thursday 25 May

Time:   4:30pm

Venue: Pier 2/3 Club Stage Pier 2/3, Hickson Road Walsh Bay

Price:   $20 / $15

David Hunt

SWF: Things You Need To Know and May Have Missed

From LGBTI bushrangers to early stories of travel and conquest, learn something new with this panel of history buffs led by Mark McKenna. David Hunt (True Girt) highlights the humour in Australian history, while Jürgen Tampke (A Perfidious Distortion of History) addresses misinformation about WWII. Nick Brodie (1787) offers an alternative take on Australian settlement, and Bruce Pascoe (Dark Emu) argues that we must take a new look at Australia’s past. 

Date:   Thursday 25 May

Time:   4:30pm

Venue: Sydney Dance 2 Pier 4/5, Hickson Road Walsh Bay

Price:   This is a free event.

Tom Griffiths

SWF: Tom Griffiths: The Art of Time Travel (Ryde)

In his landmark book The Art of Time Travel, eminent historian and award-winning author Tom Griffiths explores the craft of discipline and imagination that is history. Through portraits of 14 historians, including Inga Clendinnen, Judith Wright, Geoffrey Blainey and Henry Reynolds, he traces how a body of work is formed out of a life-long dialogue between past evidence and present experience. Join Tom for a passionate conversation and fresh insights into the history of Australia, and a renewed sense of the historian’s craft.

Free, bookings essential.

Date:   Thursday 25 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Ryde Library 1 Pope Street (within Top Ryde City shopping centre) Ryde

Price:   This is a free event.

David Marr

SWF: The Politics of Fear

Sophie Black talks to respected journalist and social commentator David Marr, and satirist, documentarian and writer John Safran about the politics of fear in Australia today. David’s Quarterly Essay The White Queen examines the power of the fearful in this confident and prosperous nation, while John’s Depends What You Mean By Extremist explores the world of misfits who propelled the second coming of Pauline Hanson and foreshadowed the era of Trump. This is an insight into contemporary Australia and its extremes. 

Date:   Thursday 25 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Roslyn Packer Theatre 22 Hickson Road Walsh Bay

Price:   $35 / $25

Jenny Valentish

SWF: Coffee and Papers with the SMH: Jenny Valentish

Some things are worth getting up early for, especially when coffee and great conversation are guaranteed. Catch up on the news with The Sydney Morning Herald at the Festival’s first session of the day. Join SMH editors and journalists, and special guest Jenny Valentish, to hear what’s making headlines, and the stories we need to follow.  

Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Date:   Friday 26 May

Time:   9:00am

Venue: The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf Sydney Theatre Company The Rocks

Price:   This is a free event.

Brigid Delaney

SWF: Get Well Soon

In a cultural climate that fixates on the human body, wellness has become a billion-dollar industry. Alyx Gorman talks to writers Brigid Delaney (Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness) and Jenny Valentish (Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment) about health and addiction in Australia.

Date:   Friday 26 May

Time:   1:30pm

Venue: Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer Theatre 22 Hickson Road Walsh Bay

Price:   $15

Stan Grant

SWF: Stan Grant: The Australian Dream

In 2015, Wiradjuri man and award-winning journalist Stan Grant made a splash with his book Talking to My Country. In his new landmark Quarterly Essay, he makes the case for a more capacious Australian Dream with a place for all Indigenous people that includes those flourishing on intellectual, cultural and sporting fields, as well as those in detention or living in the shadows. He appears in conversation with Susan Carland. 

 

Date:   Friday 26 May

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Pier 2/3 Main Stage Pier 2/3, Hickson Road Walsh Bay

Price:   $20 / $15

Ryan O’Neill

SWF: Henry Lawson and The Drover's Wife

One hundred and fifty years after Henry Lawson’s birth, we are still captivated by his most famous work, The Drover’s Wife. A panel of bush bard experts tallk to Nicole Abadee about Lawson’s influence and their own retellings of the story. In Frank Moorhouse’ own version of The Drover’s Wife his academic persona uncovers the shameful truth of the  ‘real’ drover’s wife. Ryan O’Neill is working on retelling the story in 99 ways, and Kerrie Davies’ A Wife’s Heart is written from the perspective of Lawson’s wife Bertha. 

Date:   Friday 26 May

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer Theatre 22 Hickson Road Walsh Bay

Price:   $15

Benjamin Law

SWF: Netflix and Chill

Six guilty Festival guests discuss their favourite so-bad-it’s-good television shows. What does Slate’s film critic Dana Stevens binge watch when she doesn’t have to write about it? Why is poet Hera Lindsay Bird so obsessed with Survivor? Join them, along with other bad TV apologists Matt Ford (Pinky Beecroft), Brodie Lancaster and Liam Pieper, as they pay homage to the best of the worst. Hosted by Benjamin Law.

Date:   Friday 26 May

Time:   9:30pm

Venue: Pier 2/3 The Hemingway Bar Pier 2/3 - within Curiosity stage Walsh Bay

Price:   This is a free event.

Annabel Crabb

SWF: Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales: Our Reading Year

Acclaimed journalists by day, keen readers by night, the beloved double act of Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales has charmed Australia with their podcast Chat 10 Looks 3 and their TV show When I Get A Minute. The pair share an unmistakable chemistry, characterised by quick-witted banter. Here, they look back on a year in reading, sharing the books that moved or amused them, and those that put them to sleep. 

Date:   Saturday 27 May

Time:   4:30pm

Venue: Roslyn Packer Theatre 22 Hickson Road Walsh Bay

Price:   $30 / $25

Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish Author Talk

Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol in Woman of Substances, using her own story to light the way. Join her for an author talk, in-conversation with Lollie Barr, and a book signing in celebration of its release!

Her travels around Australia take her to treatment facilities and AA groups. Mining the expertise of leading researchers, she explores the early predictors of addiction, such as childhood trauma and temperament, and teenage impulsivity. Drawing on neuroscience, she explains why other self-destructive behaviours – such as eating disorders, compulsive buying and high-risk sex – can be interchangeable with problematic substance use.

Valentish follows the pathways that women, in particular, take into addiction – and out again. Woman of Substances is an insightful, rigorous and brutally honest read.

Date:   Wednesday 7 June

Time:   6:30pm

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

Price:   This is a free event.

Jenny Valentish

The Big Dry: Alcohol and Us

In our backyards, balconies and beer gardens – Australians get along famously with booze. Drinking is an entrenched part of our national identity: it’s a recurrent theme in our pop culture, a scene-setter for friendship, a supposedly inherent part of work and play.

Lately, though, as the personal, social and public health costs of drinking become clear, many Australians are reconsidering our indulgent traditions. Some have even suggested that alcohol will go the way of the cigarette once its connection to chronic or life-threatening illnesses is fully acknowledged.

Jill Stark is the author of High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze. As an Age reporter, she’s written extensively about the escalating toll of alcohol abuse in Australia. Writer Jenny Valentish’s book, Woman of Substances, tells her own story (as well as those found in rehab facilities, halfway houses and AA groups), as she explored the paths people take into and out of addiction. In the process, she’s discovered that women’s experiences of substance abuse and treatment differ greatly from those of men.

Along with Chris Raine – founder of Hello Sunday Morning, an online initiative aiming to refocus drinking behaviour on individual choice, rather than cultural expectation – and host Jacinta Parsons, we’ll open a fresh discussion about Australia’s changing relationship with alcohol, and how we can anticipate and deal with the side effects.

Date:   Tuesday 27 June

Time:   5:15pm

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

Price:   This is a free event.

Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish and Brigid Delaney in conversation

Join writers, Jenny Valentish (Woman of Substances) and Brigid Delaney (Wellmania) as they discuss their new work exploring wellness, addiction, treatment, and the female experience.

Date:   Wednesday 28 June

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Price:   This is a free event.