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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.

Anna Krien

Anna Krien - On The Climate Deadlock

ABC Radio National's Paul Barclay is in-conversation with Anna Krien discussing her Quarterly Essay: On The Climate Deadlock. 

In this vivid, urgent essay, Anna Krien explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She visits frontlines in Australia's climate wars – the Great Barrier Reef, South Australia, the Coalition party room. She looks at the global state of play. Talking to coal workers and scientists, lobbyists and activists, she considers where climate change is taking us, and assesses where effective action is to be found.

Date:   Tuesday 27 June

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End Qld 4101

Price:   $10

Anna Krien

In Conversation with Quarterly Essayist, Anna Krien on the Climate Deadlock

UWA Oceans Institute, the City of Perth Library & Boffins Books are pleased to present Anna Krien, author of the latest Quarterly Essay #66 The Climate Deadlock.

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Extreme weather is becoming all too familiar. And the Coalition government is divided and paralysed.

This presentation will be chaired by Professor Gary Kendrick, UWA Oceans Institute. 

Date:   Wednesday 28 June

Time:   6:15pm

Venue: The University of Western Australia, Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (Building 453), Cnr of Fairway and Fairway, Entrance 4, Crawley WA 6009

Price:   $12

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.