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Breakfast with Magda Szubanski (Perth)
Magda Szubanski

Join Magda Szubanski with Business Chicks to talk about her story of self-acceptance, her work campaigning for equality, and the woman behind the characters we all know so well. 

Magda has become an Australian household name for entirely different reasons.

She has become a voice for the LGBTI+ community; she regularly appears on current affairs programs such as The Today Show and Q&A; and she continues to be one of Australia’s most-loved and talented actors.

Reckoning was the story of Magda’s own reckoning with the acceptance of her body and her sexuality; it was the story of her reckoning with family and her “warm-hearted, friendly, engaging" father’s work as an assassin during WWII.

Reckoning was brave, beautifully written and, unsurprisingly, it went on to win multiple awards and accolades.

Magda Szubanski is warm, courageous, determined and brave, and her life has been nothing short of extraordinary.

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Book Launch: The Starlings (VIC)
The Starlings

Join Alicia Sometimes at Readings to launch Vivienne Kelly's new book, The Starlings.

Funny, tender and savage, The Starlings is a wonderfully entertaining novel about secrets and defeat, about heroism and love, about what it might mean to lose everything.

Vivienne Kelly was born and educated in Melbourne, where she now lives. She has worked at the University of Melbourne and at Monash University, and was awarded a doctorate for her work on myth and history in Australia. Cooee, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year Awards. 

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Breakfast with Magda Szubanski (Brisbane)
Magda Szubanski

Join Magda Szubanski with Business Chicks to talk about her story of self-acceptance, her work campaigning for equality, and the woman behind the characters we all know so well. 

Magda has become an Australian household name for entirely different reasons.

She has become a voice for the LGBTI+ community; she regularly appears on current affairs programs such as The Today Show and Q&A; and she continues to be one of Australia’s most-loved and talented actors.

Reckoning was the story of Magda’s own reckoning with the acceptance of her body and her sexuality; it was the story of her reckoning with family and her “warm-hearted, friendly, engaging" father’s work as an assassin during WWII.

Reckoning was brave, beautifully written and, unsurprisingly, it went on to win multiple awards and accolades.

Magda Szubanski is warm, courageous, determined and brave, and her life has been nothing short of extraordinary.

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Ramona Koval at the Christmas Hills Readers and Writers Festival (VIC)
Ramona Koval

Join Ramona Koval at the Christmas Hills Readers and Writers Festival with Bruce Pascoe, Alexis Wright, Tony Birch, Andy Jackson and Sandy Jeffs.

It is an opportunity for the community to broaden their knowledge and explore diverse issues, as authors share stories about being Indigenous, or of a European background, having a physical difference or living with a mental illness...things that set them apart from society. By claiming a voice well beyond societal expectations, or searching for roots in the past to explain the present, the writers will explore these issues in an engaging and creative way.

Participants will hear extraordinary stories and brave voices, dealing with loss and discovery of identity whilst searching backgrounds, plus tackle issues and ideas through conversation and connection across cultural divides.

Ramona Koval is a Melbourne writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. From 2006 to 2011 she presented Radio National’s Book Show, and she has written for the Age and the Australian. She is the author of By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Lifeand Bloodhound: Searching For My Father.

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Patricia and Don Edgar at Readings (VIC)
Don and Patricia Edgar

Join Patricia and Don Edgar at Readings, Hawthorn to discuss their new book, Peak, Reinventing Middle Age

Society is changing faster than policies and attitudes are keeping up with. People are living longer, retiring from work later, and remaining active and valuable contributors to the community well into and beyond their 50s and 60s.

Peak: Reinventing Middle Age focuses on Australians in the 50–75 age bracket: their contributions to society and their needs and expectations for their own lives. It is an insightful look at employment, relationships, education, housing, finances, lifestyles, health and aged care, and the need for reinvention both on a personal level and in terms of social policy.

It includes ten short biographies of Australians who have embraced their middle age in a variety of interesting and inspirational ways. They are living fulfilled lives, contributing to their communities and, most importantly, not succumbing to outdated notions of winding down or stepping back from life in this exciting stage of life.

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Krissy Kneen at The Young & the Restless Bookclub (QLD)
Krissy Kneen

Join Krissy Kneen at The Young & the Restless Bookclub to discuss her imaginative new book, An Uncertain Grace. 

Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her—and when he has lived it, he will understand how.

Krissy Kneen is the award winning author of the memoir Affection, the novels SteeplechaseTriptychThe Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, and the Thomas Shapcott Award winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC television. 

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Text at Queenscliffe Literary Festival
Queenscliffe Literary Festival

Join Mark Smith, Jock Serong, Raimond Gaita, Maria Takolander and Martine Murray at the Queenscliffe Literary Festival this May.

Mark Smith lives on Victoria’s Surf Coast where he writes and runs outdoor education programs for young adults. His writing has won a number of awards and has appeared in Best Australian StoriesReview of Australian Fiction and the Big IssueThe Road to Winter is his first book.

Jock Serong’s debut novel Quota won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. In 2016, The Rules of Backyard Cricket was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. On the Java Ridge is his third novel. Jock teaches law and writes feature articles in the surfing media and for publications such as The Guardian and Slow Living. He lives with his wife and four children in Port Fairy, Victoria.

Raimond Gaita was born in Germany in 1946. He is Emeritus Professor of moral philosophy at Kings College London and a Professorial fellow at the Melbourne Law School and the faculty of Arts of the University of Melbourne. His books have been published in many translations. They include: Good and Evil: An Absolute ConceptionRomulus, My FatherA Common HumanityThe Philosopher’s Dog and Essays on Muslims and Multiculturalism (as editor and contributor). A feature film of Romulus, My Father was released in 2007, and won the AFI award for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Young Actor.

Maria Takolander is a senior lecturer in literature at Deakin University in Geelong. She is the author of a work of literary criticism and two poetry collections. Her poems have featured in annual best-of anthologies for the past seven years.

Martine Murray writes and illustrates picture books, middle-grade fiction and young adult fiction, including The Slightly True Story of Cedar B HartleyThe Slightly Bruised Glory of Cedar B Hartley and How to Make a Bird. Her books have been published internationally and translated into seventeen languages. She was born in Melbourne and currently lives in Castlemaine in Victoria.

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Peter Singer at the National Gallery of Victoria
Peter Singer

Every day we make ethical choices: what to eat, what to wear, how to get to work, where to shop, whether to give money to someone in need. How should we make these ethical choices? Do our choices matter?

Join The School of Life as philosopher Peter Singer guides us in a discussion of ten things that many of us believe really matter in our lives today. There will be conversation, debate and plenty of big questions as we put our rational selves to work to think deeply about our ethical responsibilities and what it means to lead a good life.

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University, and Laureate Professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Life You Can Save and The Most Good You Can Do. Singer was born in Australia. He divides his time between New York City and Melbourne.

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Patricia and Don Edgar at the Wheeler Centre (VIC)
Patricia and Don Edgar

Peak: Changing the Way We Talk About Ageing

What expectations should older Australians hold for their own lives? And what structures will recognise and support them in achieving those?

If you’re lucky enough to live in one of Australia’s urban centres, chances are that medical science has extended your life––by some measures, an extra 25 years over the last century. But in those same cities, have attitudes toward ageing kept up?

With Peak: Reinventing Middle Age, co-authors Don Edgar and Patricia Edgar have focussed on new ways our society can rethink the ageing of its population. Drawing on a unique combination of statistics, personal stories and scholarly research, the book looks particularly at Australians aged between 50 and 75––what the authors argue is our ‘peak’ age––in terms of work, relationships, education, money, health and lifestyle.

With host Melanie Joosten, they’ll discuss what they’ve learned about ageing today, and how they believe readers, governments and the community could make a meaningful shift.

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