Issue-driven novels can be supremely powerful. In their books Christos Tsiolkas, Kathryn Heyman and Alexis Wright have deftly tackled the topics of class, migration, climate change and Indigenous affairs.
Those of us who live on the island of Australia can’t help but be influenced by its unique landscape. Malcolm Knox, Kathryn Heyman and Ian Hoskins discuss understanding Australia through the nature and history of its land.
Rupert Murdoch owns 70 per cent of the media in Australia and is one of the biggest players in global media. Recently Murdoch has been the subject of increasing scrutiny following the News of the World phone hacking scandal in Britain.
What does China's Communist Revolution have to teach us about modern North Korea? What light can North Korea shed on China? Can the lessons of one country help the people of the other find freedom and justice?
Few contemporary Australians are as controversial as pro-euthanasia doctor and activist, Philip Nitschke. Philip talks about his journey from student activism to his ongoing battle for legal recognition of the right to control one's own death.
Barney Zwartz talks to Irish writer Colm Tóibín, Eureka Street editor Morag Fraser, and associate Dean of Communication & Writing at RMIT Peter Horsfield, about the Catholic Church, the new pope, and the likelihood of reform. Melbourne Writers Fest.
Writers Anna Goldsworthy and Monica Dux join women's rights campaigner Samah Hadid to discuss the trajectory of Feminism and its status in the 21st century with media expert Lynne Haultain. Melbourne Writers Festival 2013
At this Melbourne Writers Festival keynote, Anne Summers considers the issue of gender equality in Australian public life, and the entrenched institutionalised resistance to it most spectacularly exhibited in the vilification of Julia Gillard.
Young Australian writer Anna Krien and Canadian-born, Welsh-Egyptian Shereen El Feki have both used sex as the exploration point for a discussion about culture, gender and power. They talk to Sophie Cunningham at Melbourne Writers Festival.
The leading Catholic in the nation and spiritual adviser to Tony Abbott, Cardinal George Pell has played a key role in the greatest challenge to face his church for centuries: the scandal of child sex abuse by priests.
In his Quarterly Essay ‘The Prince’, David Marr investigates the man and his career: How did he
Are drones legitimised killing machines or tools for fighting terrorism and crime? What's left of our privacy when corporations and private citizens can use unmanned aircraft for surveillance? James Bridle, Michael Bar-Zohar and Michael Mori discuss.