We have two events coming up, 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 

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.


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.

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