Festival Program


Coffee and Conversation: Alone Doesn’t Have to Mean Lonely

Sun 8 Sep, 10am
The Moat

Journalist Madeleine Dore‘s Extraordinary Routines project has given thousands of artists an insight into how a creative day might be structured – but she’s also interested in how we tackle loneliness. Dore speaks to Fiona Patten about the deep joy that can come from solo time.

This session is free, no bookings are required. 


1 hour


Session Artists

Madeleine Dore is a freelancer writer and creator of Extraordinary Routines, a project featuring interviews, life-experiments, and articles exploring the rhythms and inevitable stumbles in creative life. She has contributed to Sunday Life, ArtsHub, Womankind, Kill Your Darlings, ABC Life and more, and founded the event series Side Project Sessions.

Fiona Patten is the leader of the Reason party and a Victorian Upper House MP. Fiona came to politics after 20 years of lobbying for the rights of organisations involved in the sexual rights movement. Since being elected in 2014, Fiona has campaigned for evidence-based policies including drug law reform, safe access to abortion clinics and voluntary assisted dying.

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