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Brisbane Writers Festival 2017 Picks

We’re two weeks out from the Brisbane Writers Festival, and this year, the program is absolutely amazing. Here are our picks.

Marion Taylor Opening Address
Thursday 7 September, 6:30-7:30pm
Alec Doomadgee will open the Brisbane Writers Festival with an exploration of the importance of writing and Indigenous knowledge creation.

My Walk to Equality
Friday 8 September, 11:30am-12:30pm
My Walk to Equality celebrates the contribution of women to Papua New Guinean society. The anthology is an eclectic mix of poems, essays, and short stories that explores problems and issues confronting PNG women.
With Vanessa Gordon, Tania Ona, and Rashmii Bell

Pains of the Past
Friday 8 September, 2:30-3:30pm
How does the past impact the future? Find out how fiction can explore the impact of intergenerational trauma, and how writing about it may be cathartic.
With Nir Baram, Claire Coleman, Min Jin Lee, and Sandra Phillips

Myth and the Woman
Friday 8 September, 4-5pm
Take part in an examination of how narratives about women are constructed and perpetuated.
With Susan Carland, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Nancy MacLean, and Anne Summers

Rich People Problems
Friday 8 September, 5:30-6:30pm
Bestselling author Kevin Kwan is back with an uproarious new novel that reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families.
With Kevin Kwan and Maria Lewis

Carpentaria: In Conversation
Saturday 9 September, 10-11am
Ten years on from winning the prestigious Miles Franklin Award, Alexis Wright reflects on the timelessness of Carpentaria.
With Alexis Wright and Sandra Phillips

Angel’s Palace
This year BWF introduces Angel’s Palace, inspired by the character of Angel Day from Indigenous author Alexis Wright’s critically acclaimed novel Carpentaria. Enjoy live performance, storytelling, and talks exploring Indigenous art, history, and culture.

Aboriginal Architecture
Saturday 9 September, 11:30am-12:30pm
What’s unique about Aboriginal architecture? Discover Aboriginal Australian approaches to the build environment – historically and today.
With Timmah Ball, Caroll Go-Sam, Paul Memmott, and Michael Aird

The Delights of Gossip
Saturday 9 September, 2:30-3:30pm
Gossip makes the world go round, right? Why are we so attracted to knowing the secrets of others? Is there a greater purpose to gossip or is it titillation?
With Kevin Kwan, Catherine Lacey, Peter Polites, and Bec Mac

Why I’m Not Talking to White People About Race
Saturday 9 September, 4-5pm
Join award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge in a powerful and provocative conversation discussing the role of race and racism in modern Britain.
With Reni Eddo-Lodge and Candy Bowers

Literary Salon: A World Without Writers
Saturday 9 September, 7-8pm
What would the world look like if we did not have writers? In this special Brisbane Writers Festival Literary Salon, four great writers will contemplate how they, and others in their field, contribute to the world.
With Rutger Bregman, Min Jin Lee, Benjamin Law, Adrian Levy, and Richard Glover

Mother Nature is Mad
Sunday 10 September, 10-11am
Fear of nature is a natural human emotion. How is climate change impacting us and how might we manage fear to build our response to our changing environment?
With Amanda Gearing, Charles Massy, and Clive Hamilton

Smashing the Stereotype
Saturday 9 September, 11:30am-12:30pm
This panel will explore the concept of intersectionality and how it seeks to break down the hierarchies of power created by categories and stereotyping.
With Timmah Ball, Candy Bowers, Reni Eddo-Lodge, and Shamara Ransirini

From Across the Sea
Sunday 10 September, 1-2pm
Min Jin Lee, Peter Polites, and Melanie Cheng explore the experience of immigration across generations.

#TheRealMe
Sunday 10 September, 2:30-3:30pm
Social media is not all about sharing. How are we curating ourselves through carefully edited selfies and social media posts?
With Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, John Birmingham, Rebecca Shaw, and Nicholas Carah

Closing Address: Transcendence
Sunday 10 September, 5:30-6:30pm
Indian-Canadian novelist Anosh Irani will close the Brisbane Writers Festival with a lecture on how reading can transcend our world view.

and, of course:

Pencilled In
Saturday 9 September, 1-2pm
Discover perspectives from Asian Australians and the use of writing to explore the boundaries of dominant Australian identity.
With Melanie Cheng, Julie Koh, Yen-Rong Wong, and Benjamin Law

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See more of the program and get your tickets here!

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