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Criticism and Witticism
Code: 186  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Feminism, Fiction, Publishing Industry, Music, , Art & Design
Saturday, May 19 2012 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Free, no bookings
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Bruce Elder, Jonathan Biggins, Parnell McGuiness, Barry Divola, John Newton
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Does Australia’s creative community take itself too bloody seriously? Bruce Elder leads a lively debate with Jonathan Biggins, Parnell McGuiness, Barry Divola and John Newton. At the conclusion, Pascall Foundation’s Critic of the Year annual prize of $15,000 is announced, followed by foyer dips and pita from award winning Paradise Beach Purveyors, and wines from MadFish, the Festival's wine sponsor.

Presented with the Geraldine Pascall Foundation.

John Newton (Australian)

John Newton is a freelance writer, journalist, novelist and teacher. As a journalist he has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Art of Eating, The Asian Wall Street Journal and Slow. He was co-editor of The Sydney Morning Herald publication, The Good Food Shopping Guide and teaches “Writing About Food” through The University of Technology Sydney. He has written restaurant criticism in Australia and Spain. His most recent book is Grazing: The Ramblings and Recipes of a Man Who Gets Paid To Eat, published by New Holland. John has won many awards for his  writing including the Golden Ladle for Best Food Journalism in the 2005 World Food Media Awards.

Jonathan Biggins (Australian)

One of Australia’s leading political satirists and actors, Jonathan Biggins is also a writer, director, broadcaster and corporate MC/Speaker.

Jonathan has worked with all of Australia’s leading theatre companies in productions ranging from David Williamson’s Soulmates to West Side Story. He co-wrote an adapted libretto for Orpheus in the Underworld (and played the Mikado),  has hosted afternoon radio for ABC 702, co-written and performed in Three Men and a Baby Grand for ABC TV,  hosted arts program Critical Mass and An Audience with Stephen Sondheim. He received the Helpmann Award for Best Director for the STC’s tour of Avenue Q, is author of three books and writes as a journalist for publications including The Age, Australian Traveller and Australian Wine Selector Magazine. Jonathan’s newest work as a playwright, Australia Day, will have its world premier at the Melbourne Theatre company in March 2012.

Barry Divola (Australian)

Barry Divola - freelance journalist, critic, columnist and author writes regularly for Rolling Stone, The Sydney Morning Herald, the (sydney) magazine and Who. He has published seven books, including Fanclub, Searching For Kingly Critter, The Secret Life Of Backpackers, M Is For Metal and Nineteen Seventysomething. He has won the Banjo Paterson Award for short fiction three times and the Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award.   ‘Hopelessly Devoted’, a feature story about music fandom he wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald, was chosen by New Yorker critic Alex Ross for the notable music writing list in the Best Music Writing 2011 international anthology. Barry regularly appears as a critic on 702 ABC radio and teaches his Scribble writing course at Berkelouw Books in Newtown.

Parnell McGuinness (Australian)

Parnell McGuinness is editor of Binge Thinking Magazine and convener of Shaken and Stirred Salons, as well as principal of Thought Broker, a communications agency specialising in disseminating complex and abstract ideas. She has written, edited and translated for a wide range of clients from the Boston Consulting Group to the German Green Party. Parnell has run an art gallery in Berlin, misspent five years in advertising and knocks off the occasional article for the mainstream media.

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