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    Rachel Kushner: The Mars Room

    Rachel Kushner: The Mars Room

    In conversation with Ellena Savage for our Mayhem series in April 2019, the extraordinary American literary author Rachel Kushner (Telex from Cuba, The Flamethrowers and, most recently, The Mars Room) talks crime, punishment and American institutions.

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    The Show of the Year 2019

    The Show of the Year 2019

    As the decade turns, The Show of the Year marks 2019 in style – with host Casey Bennetto and a glittering line-up of writers, comedians and musicians. Paul Kelly, Nath Valvo, Alice Bishop, Sista Zai Zanda, Margot Tanjutco, Laura Jean, Alice Gorman, Evelyn Araluen, The Merindas, Brodie Lancaster, Louise Milligan and Bill Shorten share their thoughts on subjects as various as the decommissioning of the Opportunity Rover on Mars, the Tigers' premiership run, the death of Toni Morrison, The Masked Singer and the closure of Uluru to tourists.

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    Claire G. Coleman: The Old Lie

    Claire G. Coleman: The Old Lie

    With Claire G. Coleman's new book, The Old Lie, she returns to themes of invasion, dispossession and apocalypse. For this conversation Coleman is joined by Tyson Yunkaporta, author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. The pair discuss craft, creativity and Indigenous imaginations. Does speculative fiction have in-built critical mechanisms that especially serve Indigenous authors?

    • 58 Min.
    Mirror Mirror: Beauty, Body Image and the Self

    Mirror Mirror: Beauty, Body Image and the Self

    Bri Lee's 'Beauty' is a deeply personal treatise on body image, discipline and perfectionism. For this discussion, hosted by Lee herself, our panellists take the essay as a jumping-off point for a broader conversation about beauty standards in the 21st Century. Join artist and ‘Self Love Club’ founder Frances Cannon, plus-size model and advocate Abbey Mag and doctor and author Nikki Stamp as they discuss reasons for caution and celebration in a time of changing beauty ideals.

    • 55 Min.
    We Are Here: Stories of Home, Place and Belonging

    We Are Here: Stories of Home, Place and Belonging

    A new profit-for-purpose book from Affirm Press, We Are Here: Stories of Home, Place and Belonging, is a testament to the unique insights of people who’ve known homelessness in Australia. Edited by novelist, homelessness researcher and former Big Issue deputy editor Meg Mundell, it offers a bounty of extraordinary true stories from a wide range of writers – prominent names, emerging voices and first-timers – who have themselves experienced homelessness. Hosted by Meg Mundell, and presented in partnership with Writers Victoria, hear from contributors Claire G. Coleman, Roderick Waller, Ayub Abdi-Barre and Jody Letts about their stories, their places and their writing. Hear readings from the book – and learn about the process of putting it together – at this celebration of survival, place and belonging.

    • 58 Min.
    Double Booked Club: Peter Polites and Christos Tsiolkas

    Double Booked Club: Peter Polites and Christos Tsiolkas

    At this lunchtime session, hosted by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Peter Polites and Christos Tsiolkas – both writers of Greek descent and animated by questions of class, sexuality and community – discuss these themes and their latest works.

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