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Mon 10 – Fri 14 Aug

Rise with our insightful interview series that highlights some of the country’s most exciting emerging talent.

Politics lovers can hear former PMs Julia Gillard and Malcolm Turnbull talk about their new books, as US geopolitical analyst George Friedman explores America after Trump.

Don’t miss the mid-week MWF Gala with writer Jess Hill; actor and screenwriter Michelle Law; writer and editor Leah Jing McIntosh; novelist Favel Parrett; poet Ellen van Neerven; and poet and scholar Alison Whittaker.

Malcolm Turnbull: A Bigger Picture

Mon 10 Aug | 6–7 pm AEST

Portrait of Malcolm Turnbull

Candid. Compelling. Revelatory. Boasting more plot twists than a good thriller, Malcolm Turnbull’s political memoir A Bigger Picture takes you inside the world of Australia’s 29th prime minister – from assured rise, to eventful tenure, and dramatic fall.

In this session, the ultimate political insider Turnbull sits down with James Button for a lively discussion of Australian democracy and his political career. Don’t miss the former PM in his own words.

Supported by the John Button Fund, Melbourne School of Government, the University of Melbourne

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Clare Bowditch: Your Own Kind of Girl

Mon 10 Aug | 8–9 pm AEST

Close-up portrait of Clare Bowditch.

Your Own Kind of Girl is the wise, big-hearted and startlingly candid memoir from the multi-talented Clare Bowditch. Told with brutal honesty and playful humour, this book captures the triumphs and tragedies as well as the loves and losses that shaped her life and allowed her to find a sense of her own place in her story.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s best-loved storytellers. With Jess McGuire.

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George Friedman: The Storm Before the Calm

Tue 11 Aug | 6–7 pm AEST

Portrait of George Friedman.

In his ambitious and sometimes provocative treatise The Storm Before the Calm, political analyst George Friedman looks to the United States’ past to illuminate its present – and predict its future. Tracking cycles of crisis, order and reinvention that play out across government, foreign policies, economics and culture, Friedman predicts what’s to come in thrilling detail.

Join Friedman for a lucid and ultimately optimistic diagnosis of America and its discontents. With Richard Cooke.

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Julia Gillard: Women and Leadership

Tue 11 Aug | 8–9 pm AEST

Close-up portrait of Julia Gillard.

Former prime minister Julia Gillard and economist and international development expert Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala have some strong ideas about the impact of gender on the treatment of leaders – so they wrote a book about it.

Join the former PM for a discussion of Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons and broader issues of gender bias, politics, and the long road to equality. With Patricia Karvelas.

In partnership with the Wheeler Centre

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MWF Gala: Are You Paying Attention?

Wed 12 Aug | 7–8 pm AEST

Portrait of Alison Whittaker.

Six of Australia’s most clear-eyed, insightful writers – 2020 Stella Prize–winner Jess Hill; actor and screenwriter Michelle Law; writer and founding editor of Liminal magazine Leah Jing McIntosh; award-winning novelist Favel Parrett; Queensland Literary Award–winning poet Ellen van Neerven; and award-winning poet and scholar Alison Whittaker – deliver addresses that explore, interrogate and challenge what holds our attention, what fails to, and why.

Join us for an unmissable gala event hosted by Jamila Rizvi.

Funded by Victorian Government through Women Victoria

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Guardian Australia's Book Club: Kate Grenville

Thu 13 Aug | 1–2 pm AEST

Portrait of Kate Grenville.

In this special MWF edition of Guardian Australia’s monthly book club, acclaimed author Kate Grenville joins host Michael Williams for a lively Zoom conversation about fiction, history and her extraordinary new novel, A Room Made of Leaves.

Expect a broad-ranging discussion of Grenville’s work, as well as the opportunity to join in the conversation, ask questions, and come together with other booklovers in these socially distanced times.

In partnership with Guardian Australia

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Navigating Our Future

Thu 13 Aug | 6–7 pm AEST

Portrait of Alexis Wright.

Australian literature provides a means through which we might better understand ourselves, and our relationships with our region and the world. Larissa McLean Davies, Associate Professor in Language and Literacy at Melbourne Graduate School of Education, is joined by Professor
Ken Gelder to explore the crucial role of literature and reading in this time of climate and social crisis, and the vital importance of teaching diverse Australian literature
in schools.

With an introduction from Alexis Wright, Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature.

Supported by University of Melbourne, Faculty of Arts

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Science Vs Romance

Thu 13 Aug | 8–9 pm AEST

Portrait of Kirli Saunders.

Two writers. Two scientists. One evening of creative collaboration.

Join poets Raelee Lancaster and Kirli Saunders, and scientists Krystal de Napoli and Karlie Noon, as they use each other's discipline as a source of inspiration and offer up creative, genre-defying responses born from where science and art collide. Hosted by Susie Anderson.

Supported by the Science Gallery Melbourne, the University of Melbourne

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Bubbly with Jam and Clare

Fri 14 Aug | 6–7 pm AEST

Portrait of Miranda Tapsell.

End the week on a high note with Jamila Rizvi and Clare Bowditch in this livestreamed edition of Tea with Jam and Clare, featuring special guest Miranda Tapsell.

It’s time to take an early mark, grab a glass of sparkling, and settle in for an evening of honest conversation and song, as these three Australian legends talk acting, activism and following your own path.

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Take It From Me

Fri 14 Aug | 8–9 pm AEST

Portrait of Benjamin Law.

Host and dispenser of sexy advice Jess McGuire joins smart and attractive siblings Benjamin Law and Michelle Law to solve your iso-love conundrums and long-distance lockdown blues.

Those who wish to participate may anonymously submit their queries online. Those who don’t may drink and be quietly judgemental.

Submit your questions here.

In partnership with the Wheeler Centre

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