Australian politics, society & culture


Journey into the dark heart of the family with two novelists. In Vann’s Goat Mountain a boy goes hunting with his father and grandfather and catastrophe unfolds. In Wilson’s Ballistics, a young man is sent out to find a father he has never known.
Join book reviewers Kerryn Goldsworthy and Jennifer Mills along with Overland editor Jeff Sparrow – all of whom happen to be writers – as they discuss the perils of book reviewing and being reviewed here in Australia.
Margaret Drabble and Helen Dunmore are two of England’s most acclaimed novelists who have written about the intricacies and intimacies of the family, and friendships in peace and wartime. Both writers are also well known for writing in other genres.
Griffith Review editors Lloyd Jones and Julianne Schultz invited a wild mix of New Zealanders to write about that place over the ditch. Join four writers and editors for a conversation about the complexities of the contemporary Kiwi.
Jung Chang is the author of Wild Swans, which has sold more than 10 million copies world-wide. Her next book was Mao: The Unknown Story. Here she discusses her latest, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Chris Womersley's debut novel, "The Low Road", won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. His latest novel is "Cairo".
Frank Moorhouse began writing more than five decades ago in 1957, when he was 18. Since then he's won every major national prize.
Alexis Wright is today one of Australia’s most important literary and cultural figures. She is a member of the Waanyi Nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels, most recently the wonderfully creepy Apple Tree Yard.
As ANZAC ceremony numbers attest, stories of service are among Australia’s most important narratives. This session brings together two novelists who have recently published books about the Second World War.
Alison Bechdel is the author of two books telling of growing up gay in a small town. Rabih Alameddine has written about AIDS, Civil War, exile, death and, in An Unnecessary Woman, about living a meaningful life.
Hannah Kent’s debut novel "Burial Rites" has become an international bestseller, and will soon be made into a movie. She is also a founder of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings.
Anwar Ibrahim is an internationally recognised champion of democracy. The former Malaysian Vice-President has spent years championing free and fair electoral processes at great personal cost. He speaks to Waleed Aly at Adelaide Festival of Ideas.
The DSM-5 collapses Asperger syndrome and autism, along with other disorders, into one diagnosis - Autism Spectrum Disorder. Gary Greenberg joins Prof Jon Jureidini to discuss whether a mental health diagnosis makes for an identity. Adelaide, 2013
The issue of climate change has well and truly fallen off the front pages and down the list of voter concerns. Is the concept of climate change, and how much is at stake, literally beyond our imagination? Simran Sethi, Adelaide Festival of Ideas
Prof Brian Schmidt shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for research showing the accelerating expansion of the universe. The research of physicist Paul Davies looks at cosmology, quantum field theory, and astrobiology. Hosted by Phillip Adams
Simran Sethi is an award-winning journalist, strategist and educator who teaches and reports on sustainability, environmentalism and social change. At Adelaide Festival of Ideas, she discusses the loss of biodiversity in our food system.
Surveillance revelations divulged just how governments and corporations are prepared to utilise technology for their own ends. How can we respond? Eminent scientists Brian Schmidt and Paul Davies talk to Bernard Keane at Adelaide Festival of Ideas