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.
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?