We have one more event for this year:

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

Please Note: This event is now




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.

And, Introducing, Shelley Davidow, talking about her new memoir, Shadow Sisters

Written into apartheid was a law with the nondescript name of "Group Areas Act." It stipulated that blacks could only live with whites as employees. When Davidow's family took in a toddler, Rosie (the shadow sister), they were breaking the law. Davidow's memoir is not only a vivid, stark and resonant reminder of those days, but a rites-of-passage tale about growing up in the midst of violence and killing – as well as experiencing the pangs of first love. Central to the tale are the twin narratives of the author and Rosie, whom we follow through into adulthood. But the dramatic backdrop, the gradual collapse of apartheid and the freeing of Nelson Mandela, is just as significant, with the political and personal informing each other the whole way through.

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 will be available pre-show.

If you know someone who you think might be interested in attending please pass on the information. Outspoken receives no external funding, we depend upon you, our audience, for support. Many thanks. 

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