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Benjamin Law

Word for Word Festival: Moral Panic 101

In 2016 the Safe Schools Program became the centre of an ideological firestorm. In his recent Quarterly Essay, writer and columnist Benjamin Law explores how and why this happened. Benjamin will discuss his gripping yet subtle account of schools today, sexuality, teenagers, new ideas of gender fluidity, tabloid media scares and mental health.

Session Chair: Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Date:   Sunday 19 November

Time:   11:30am

Venue: Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop St, Geelong, VIC 3220.

Price:   $20

Dennis Glover

Word for Word Festival: The Last Man In Europe

Political speechwriter and academic Dennis Glover’s debut novel, The Last Man in Europe, examines the life of George Orwell from 1936, through his fighting in Spain, to his death in 1950 and focuses on the torturous writing of Nineteen Eighty-Four, the classic work that made him famous. Dennis and Robert Gott will discuss the writer’s long-time fascination with Orwell and why he chose historical fiction over a non-fiction biography to explore the life of this pivotal figure of twentieth-century literature.

Session Chair: David Astle

Date:   Sunday 19 November

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop St, Geelong, VIC 3220.

Price:   $20

Michael Smith

Word for Word Festival: Choose Your Own Adventures

Businessman and owner of Yarraville’s Sun Theatre, Michael Smith, recently circumnavigated the globe in his tiny Searey amphibian aeroplane.  Adventurer, speaker, entrepreneur and environmentalist Huw Kingston completed a year long, human-powered circumnavigation of the Mediterranean Sea.  Join these intrepid explorers and adventurers as they share the delights, perils and discoveries from their incredible journeys.

Session Chair: Robert Gott

Date:   Sunday 19 November

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: The High Ground (Wurdi Youang), Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220

Price:   $20

Word for Word Festival: Through These Words, We Swoon, We Dream, We Fall In Love

Join Classic FM favourite Christopher Lawrence as he discusses the human emotions as expressed by our greatest composers. He will take us on a journey through the listening experience, from anger and Beethoven to sadness and Tchaikovsky, triumph and Wagner and freedom and Mozart; examining the ways in which classical music can improve your life.

Session Chair: David McCooey

Date:   Sunday 19 November

Time:   2:30pm

Venue: The High Ground (Wurdi Youang), Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220

Price:   $20

Richard Denniss

Curing Affluenza Book Launch: Canberra

In his new book, Curing Affluenza, Richard Denniss shows we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. We should cherish the things we own -- preserve them, repair them, and then gift or sell them when we no longer need them. 

Date:   Wednesday 22 November

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: ANU Pop-Up Village Club, Union Court Acton, ACT 2601 Australia

Price:   This is a free event.

Hugh White

Writers @ Stanton: Hugh White

Our region is experiencing a momentous transition. The US-led order is fading, and China has become ever more powerful. In the controversial and gripping Quarterly Essay Without America: Australia in the new Asia, Hugh White looks at what has happened to the US globally. He considers China’s growing assertiveness in our region, dissects the leadership of Donald Trump and analyses what all of this means for Australia. Above all, he asks: where is this heading? How do we feel about living in a new Asia, and how best to navigate a changed world?

The author talk is followed by question time and the opportunity for book signing.

Date:   Tuesday 28 November

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: Stanton Library 234 Miller Street North Sydney New South Wales 2060

Price:   This is a free event.

Hugh White

Hugh White in conversation with Paul Kelly

Our region is experiencing a momentous transition. The US-led order is fading, and China has become ever more powerful. Today the question we face is not whether we fancy living in an Asia in which power is shared between the United States and China. It is how we feel about living in an Asia in which America no longer plays any significant strategic role.

Date:   Tuesday 28 November

Time:   6:00pm

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

Price:   $12

Hugh White

Hugh White author talk

In this controversial and urgent essay, Hugh White shows that the contest between America and China is classic power politics of the harshest kind. He argues that we are heading for an unprecedented future, one without an English-speaking great and powerful friend to keep us secure and protect our interests.

Date:   Wednesday 29 November

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Law Lounge New Law Building, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney

Price:   This is a free event.