We have three events coming up, Kristina Olsson, Gillian Triggs and Kerry O'Brien. Please scroll down for more details and to purchase tickets. Each event has its own link for purchasing tickets.


Outspoken is delighted to present

a conversation with 

Kristina olsson

Wednesday October 10 2018

5.45 for 6.30pm

Maleny Community Centre

maple Street Maleny

Tickets, $20, students $15

 

 

 

Kristina Olsson’s new novel, Shell, has been chosen by Simon and Schuster as the book to launch their new literary imprint in Australia. This decision by a major international publisher surely says something about the health of reading and writing in this country (despite what recent political shenanigans might suggest about our cultural richness). Their choice of novel could not be more appropriate. Shell is a big, bold and hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in Australia's history. It takes place in Sydney, in 1965, and centres around two characters whose lives are intertwined with the building of the Opera House and Australia’s entry into the Vietnam War.

‘A beautifully crafted novel about a fascinating time in our history. There is a luminous precision in every sentence.’ Heather Rose

Kristina’s previous book, Boy, Lost, a memoir, was brilliant and very well received around the country. Some of you might remember, also, that Kristina came to Rosetta Books back in the early two thousands on two occasions, once to talk about her first novel, In My Skin, and again with Debbie Kilroy to speak about the book they’d written together, Women Inside.


Our introducing author will be Josepha Dietrich, speaking about her memoir, In Danger.

When Josepha Dietrich was 21, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fifteen years later, after her mother’s death, the disease reared up in Josie’s own cells. She was, by then, a mother herself, and her high-needs son was not yet one.

As the daughter of a woman who had sought out alternatives to conventional medicine, Josie used her own knowledge and her mother’s experience to find solutions for herself. 

Capturing Josie’s energy and force-of-nature personality, In Danger tells of her journey through breast cancer, exploring disease and the human condition, and shedding light on life’s darker aspects. At its heart, this moving memoir delves deep into how it feels when everything you love is in danger.

 


Outspoken is delighted to present

a conversation with 

Gillian Triggs

Thursday October 18 2018

5.45 for 6.30pm

Maleny Community Centre

maple Street Maleny

Tickets, $20, students $15

 

As president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs advocated for the disempowered, the disenfranchised, the marginalised. She withstood relentless political pressure and media scrutiny as she defended the defenceless for five tumultuous years.

Now in her memoir, Speaking Up, Triggs shares with readers the values that have guided her convictions and the causes she has championed. She dares women to be a little vulgar and men to move beyond their comfort zones to achieve equity for all. And she will not rest until Australia has a Bill of Rights. Gillian Triggs's passionate memoir is an irresistible call to everyone who yearns for a fairer world.


And, introducing, Patrick Nunn, talking about his new book The Edge of Memory

In today's society it is generally the written word that holds the authority. We are more likely to trust the words found in a history textbook over the version of history retold by a friend – after all, human memory is unreliable, and how can you be sure your friend hasn't embellished the facts? But before humans were writing down their knowledge, they were telling it to each other in the form of stories. 
The Edge of Memory celebrates the predecessor of written information – the spoken word, tales from our ancestors that have been passed down, transmitting knowledge from one generation to the next. Among the most extensive and best-analysed of these stories are from native Australian cultures. These stories conveyed both practical information and recorded history, describing a lost landscape, often featuring tales of flooding and submergence. These folk traditions are increasingly supported by hard science. Geologists are starting to corroborate the tales through study of climatic data, sediments and land forms; the evidence was there in the stories, but until recently, nobody was listening.

'In this sweeping, masterful volume, Nunn stitches together evidence from geology, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, history and geography to bring to our collective attention the many durable myths and legends of Indigenous oral traditions. If you care about the future of the planet, and our survival on it, The Edge of Memory is a must-read book.' Chris Gibson, Editor-in-Chief, Australian Geographer


Outspoken is delighted to present

a conversation with 

Kerry O'Brien

Thursday November 29 2018

5.45 for 6.30pm

Maleny Community Centre

maple Street Maleny

Tickets, $20, students $15

 

 

Kerry O'Brien is one of Australia's most respected journalists, having won six Walkley awards, including the Gold Walkley and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership in journalism.

In a 50-year career, Kerry has worked for newspapers, television and wire service, and as a foreign correspondent. He was also a press secretary to Labor leader Gough Whitlam. For thirty-three of those years he worked at the ABC where he cut his teeth on the trail-blazing current affairs programs This Day Tonight and Four Corners. He was the inaugural presenter of Lateline and the editor and presenter of 7.30 for 15 years.

He has interviewed most of the influential world leaders of his time including Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. And then there was Robert Mugabe.

In this intimate and ground-breaking memoir O'Brien reflects on the social and political upheavals he has witnessed, on lessons learned and lessons ignored, and from close up, the personalities who have made history.


Introducing author to be announced.


Outspoken is proud to work with two bookstores in Maleny, Maleny Bookshop and Rosetta Books (bookseller on the night). We thank Tyyni Lang and Fi Hunter and Jan Cornfoot for their continued support of our events. We'd also like to thank Maleny Community Centre for their continuing help, apart from anything else they'll be running the bar on each of these nights. Complimentary biscuits and cheese from Maleny Cheese will be available pre-show.

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