Adelaide Writers’ Week 2022 – Day 2
Event Date: Tue 08 Mar
Event Time: various times from 9:30AM
Event Location: Media & VR Studio
Adelaide Writers’ Week is Australia’s largest free literary festival, offering both writers and readers a unique opportunity to spend time sharing ideas and literary explorations.
Come along and watch some of the world’s most celebrated established and emerging writers streamed live from the East Stage of this year’s festival.
This event is run in conjunction with Mount Gambier Library.
DAY ONE – Monday 7 March: Mount Gambier Library
DAY TWO – Tuesday 8 March: The Riddoch Arts & Cultural Centre
DAY THREE – Wednesday 9 March: Mount Gambier Library
DAY FOUR (final day) – Thursday 10 March: The Riddoch Arts & Cultural Centre
Submit your questions to the presenters via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter using #awwlivestream
PROGRAM – TUESDAY 8 MARCH 2022
MY BODY KEEPS YOUR SECRETS
“Despite our best efforts,” writes Lucia Osborne-Crowley, “the body finds a way to express what the mind cannot.”
The author of I Choose Elena returns with My Body Keeps Your Secrets in which she interviews other women and non-binary people from diverse backgrounds about the impacts of their respective traumas on their bodies, interweaving the results with rigorous research and her own story. She explores the weight of shame and the process of reclaiming a whole self in this deeply empathetic and intelligent book.
Ian Lowe and Jeremy Moss
Two brilliant books concerned with the morality intrinsic to energy policy. In Long Half-Life, Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society Ian Lowe demolishes nuclear energy, arguing it is indivisible from the industry’s role in weaponry, and that the issue of waste has never been solved. Political philosopher Jeremy Moss’s Carbon Justice posits we have a responsibility to recognise and combat the moral harm done by the mining and exporting of our fossil fuels. Far from being a minor contributor to climate change, he contends, our massive exports of fossil fuels make us one of its key drivers.
GOOD INTERNATIONAL CITIZENSHIP: THE CASE FOR DECENCY
As our Foreign Minister from 1988 – 1996 and President of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group thereafter, Gareth Evans is uniquely qualified to discuss the importance of good international citizenship in our interconnected world. Outlining four key tenets to assess a country’s record – foreign aid generosity, reaction to conflicts and their consequences, response to human rights violations, and contribution to global crises – he finds Australia wanting on all of them. His essay is a call for change and decency in the way we engage with the world.
In Christos Tsiolkas’s first foray into autofiction, 7 1/2, his protagonist Christos declares he is tired of the lofty ambitions many novelists hold for their writing on politics, sexuality, race, history, gender, morality or the future. “All of them now bore me,” he declares. Instead, he will write about beauty. His powerful memories of the past, the strange present in which he tries to write – surrounded by the magnificently evoked natural world – and the novel on which he embarks are masterfully woven together into one compelling whole.
Following heartbreak, self-absorbed young Melbourne boy Will flees to New York in search of adventure and forgetting. When wild hedonism doesn’t help, and with his visa and money fast running out, Will finds himself in Littleproud, Ohio, working for Wayne Gage, Vietnam veteran, amateur shaman and collector of exotic animals. Emily Bitto’s follow up to her Stella Award-winning The Strays is a clever, complex tale, full of opulent writing and meditations on human nature and our relationship with the natural world.
A BLOODY GOOD RANT
For over fifty years, Tom Keneally has been writing about everything that makes us tick – and the contentious, disputed land that is ‘Australia’. In his new collection of thought-pieces, he moves seamlessly between deep questions of our past and moments of private revelation. A Bloody Good Rant is exactly what it says it is – a bit of ratbaggery, some judicious hindsight, and a generous serve of wisdom. The author of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Schindler’s Ark and Corporal Hitler’s Pistol gets a few things off his chest.