Jenny Odell, author of How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, will propose radical strategies for thinking beyond efficiency, attention and value to preserve our inner lives through reflection and intentional networks.
Authors Michael Christie, Marlee Silva, Chris Flynn, Laura Jean Mackay, and Lisa Fuller discuss their powerful novels.
Staff writer at the New Yorker and creator of the hit podcast, Wind of Change, Patrick Radden Keefe talks about his thrilling new work, Say Nothing.
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Closing Remarks: Jenny Odell
Sun 16 Aug | Podcast
Jenny Odell’s How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy proposes radical strategies for thinking beyond capitalist narratives of efficiency, attention and value, and preserving our inner lives through reflection, research, grounding and intentional networks.
In the Festival’s closing address, Odell applies this framework to our current moment of historical urgency, illuminating how ‘resisting in place’ – existing within, but not accepting the condition of the present – can offer a throughline to liberation.
This address will be released as a podcast. No bookings required.
Real Pigeons Meet Gavin Aung Than
Sun 16 Aug | On Demand 8am – 8pm
Join Real Pigeons creators Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood and bestselling author Gavin Aung Than for fun storytelling and drawing activities in this two-part video series!
This fun and interactive series will make kids laugh, gasp, think and wonder.
Suitable for ages five and up.
Michael Christie: Greenwood
Sun 16 Aug | 11am – 12pm AEST
‘Genealogy isn’t a simple story,’ says Michael Christie. ‘In my own personal life and experience, families are built much more than they are born.’ A novel that reckons with legacy, inheritance, nature and sacrifice, Greenwood reveals layer by layer one family’s secrets – and the forest that binds them across generations.
Christie has constructed a time-hopping, world-spanning, page-turning family saga that’s as intricately constructed as the rings of a tree. With Sophie Cunningham.
The Language of Animals
Sun 16 Aug | 12–1 pm AEST
What would happen if we could understand what animals were saying? Chris Flynn (Mammoth), Erin Hortle (The Octopus and I) and Laura Jean McKay (The Animals in That Country) have each explored this question in their latest books – with fascinating results.
Harnessing both the surreal and the serious, these works pose inventive and urgent questions about our place in the world and what it means to be human. With Elizabeth McCarthy.
Readings YA Prize: Lisa Fuller
Sun 16 Aug | 2–3 pm AEST
Lisa Fuller, a Wuilli Wuilli woman and descendent of Gooreng Gooreng and Wakka Wakka peoples, weaves her culture and spirituality into her storytelling. Her new book Ghost Bird is a page-turning thriller about a girl’s search for her missing twin, and was recently named the winner of the Readings YA Prize 2020.
Fuller sits down to discuss her action-packed novel, her writing process, and the importance of First Nations Australian representation. With Amie Kaufman.
In Which Two Friends Discuss Reading
Sun 16 Aug | 3–4 pm AEST
Books are often seen simply as a source of diversion and pleasure. But they are more than that. They can offer not an escape from real life, but a richer engagement with the business of living.
Two great readers – Charlotte Wood (The Weekend) and Tegan Bennett Daylight (The Details) – sit down to discuss how they find comfort, refuge and power in both reading books and writing them. With Nicole Abadee.
Marlee Silva: My Tidda, My Sister
Sun 16 Aug | 4–5 pm AEST
Marlee Silva is a 24-year-old Gamilaroi/ Dunghutti writer, podcast host and the co-founder of social media phenomenon Tiddas 4 Tiddas. Her debut book My Tidda, My Sister showcases the voices of First Nations women, celebrating and acknowledging the resilience, strength and beauty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders across the country.
Hear Silva talk about developing this powerful book and her ongoing goal to elevate Indigenous female excellence. With Bridget Caldwell-Bright.
Patrick Radden Keefe: Following the Evidence
Sun 16 Aug | 5–6 pm AEST
Patrick Radden Keefe (Say Nothing) takes complicated histories and transforms them into riveting works of narrative journalism – whether a deep-dive podcast into the alleged CIA origins of a 90s power ballad or a sweeping, switchblade-sharp account of the 1972 disappearance of Jean McConville in Northern Ireland.
Join Radden Keefe as he reflects on a lifetime of following the evidence, and the fascinating, compelling, and sometimes outlandish stories he’s uncovered along the way. With Raf Epstein.