Festival Program

Book Club

Book Club: Julian Burnside

Sat 7 Sep, 8pm
SLV, North Rotunda

Human rights lawyer and humanitarian advocate Julian Burnside is also a lover of words. Here he will interrogate his favourite book, Kurt Vonnegut’s bestselling and darkly comic anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.

It is recommended you read the featured book before attending this event. You can purchase a copy from Readings, our official bookseller, here.


1 hour 30 minutes



Session Artists

Julian Burnside joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989. He acted in the MUA Waterfront dispute, the Cash-for-Comment enquiry, but has become known for his human rights work. He has acted pro bono in many human rights cases. He is an outspoken opponent of the mistreatment of people who come to Australia seeking protection from persecution.

Veronica Sullivan is the programming manager at The Wheeler Centre. She co-hosts Sisteria, a podcast about women’s experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture, and is the chair of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship.

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