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The Chaser’s Empty Vessel
Code: 193  |  Type: Special Event
Saturday, May 19 2012 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Chris Taylor, Dominic Knight, Robot Child, Waleed Aly, Marc Lewis, Sjón, Masha Gessen, Julian Morrow (facilitator)
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A freewheeling talkfest featuring assorted members of the Chaser team and some of the Festival’s top writers in a relaxed and intoxicating (fully licensed) atmosphere. Lively and/or defamatory discussion, hardcore Q&A and live music included. Tonight Sjón, Masha Gessen and Marc Lewis join the line-up and Waleed Aly and Robot Child rock the stage.

Supported by Inspiring Journeys.

Robot Child (Australian)

Robot Child play original prog- and metal-influenced rock music with a splash of jazz and funk. Featuring Waleed Aly on lead guitar, Jeff Wortman on lead vocals, Marty Holt on bass, Jonny Palmer on keyboard and Dan Slater on drums.

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Marc Lewis (International)

Dr Marc Lewis is a developmental neuroscientist and professor of human development and applied psychology at Radboud University Nijmegen, one of the top five universities in the Netherlands, and professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, where he taught and conducted research from 1989 to 2010. He is at the forefront of knowledge on the emotional brain and the neural foundations of personality development, and is the author of Memoirs of An Addicted Brain: A neuroscientist examines his own former life on drugs.

Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

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Sjón (International)

Sjón is a celebrated Icelandic poet and novelist. He won the Nordic Council Literature Prize, the equivalent of the Man Booker Prize, for The Blue Fox, which was also longlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2009. His work has been translated into 22 languages. Sjón is president of the Icelandic PEN Centre and director on the board of Reykjavík, UNESCO City of Literature. Also a songwriter, he has written lyrics for Björk. His latest novel is From the Mouth of the Whale.

Supported by The Wheeler Centre

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Waleed Aly (Australian)

Waleed Aly is the host of ABC Radio National’s new live daily program RN Drive. He shares presenting duties with Julian Morrow who takes the chair each Friday evening from 6-8pm. Waleed is also the host of ABC TV’s Big Ideas and is currently appearing on ABC TV’s Agony Uncles. He is a lecturer in politics at Monash University and the author of What's Right? The Future of Conservatism in Australia (Quarterly Essay 37) and People Like Us: How Arrogance is Dividing Islam and the West. He is also the guitarist and main songwriter for Melbourne originals band Robot Child, which is the house band for The Chaser's show, The Empty Vessel. Waleed is looking forward to joining his fellow RN Drive host and Chaser Julian Morrow on stage!

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Masha Gessen (International)

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and author, and editor of the Russian-language Snob magazine, aimed at Russians living abroad. She has contributed to Granta, Slate and the New Statesman, among other publications. She is the author of several previous books including Perfect Rigour, Blood Matters and The Man Without a Face. She lives in Moscow.

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