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Surviving: The Australian Way
Code: 213  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Science & Environment, , Politics & Current Affairs, Feminism
Sunday, May 20 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Tom Griffiths, Geoff Page, Kim Mahood, Julianne Schultz (facilitator)
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In an ever more populous, urbanised and media-saturated world, the rate and scale of disasters sometimes feels straight out of a doomsday movie. Yet behind the tales of natural catastrophes and personal traumas, are narratives of survival of those rebuilding lives and communities. Tom Griffiths, Kim Mahood and Geoff Page tell Julianne Schultz about the role of historians, writers and poets in capturing tales of renewal and hope to help us survive natural and human disasters.

Presented with Griffith REVIEW.

Tom Griffiths (Australian)

Tom Griffiths is a professor of history and director of the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University. His books and essays have won prizes in literature, history, science, politics and journalism, most recently the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History (2008) for Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica.

Geoff Page (Australian)

Geoff Page is a Canberra-based poet who has published 19 collections of poetry as well as two novels, five verse novels and several other works including anthologies, translations and a biography of jazz musician Bernie McGann. His most recent books are: 60 Classic Australian Poems; A Sudden Sentence in the Air: Jazz poems; Coda for Shirley and New Selected Poems. 1953 is due to be published in 2013.

Kim Mahood (Australian)

Kim Mahood is the author of Craft for a Dry Lake, which won several awards for non-fiction including The Age Book of the Year and the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. Her essays are published regularly in journals and collections. She is also a practising artist with work held in state, territory and regional collections. Kim lives near Canberra and spends several months each year in the Tanami and Great Sandy Desert region, working on projects with Aboriginal traditional owners.

Julianne Schultz (Australian)

Julianne Schultz is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW and a professor in the Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University. She has written extensively about contemporary Australia. She is a member of the board of the ABC and the Grattan Institute, chairs the reference group on the National Cultural Policy and the Queensland Design Council and is a judge of the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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