Festival Program


Leave the Lights on Please

Fri 6 Sep, 11.30am
SLV, Isabella Fraser Room

Connection to sex, intimacy and the body doesn’t disappear as one ages, so why aren’t more artists interrogating the concepts of desire past middle age? Dennis Altman, Patricia Cornelius, Andrea Goldsmith and Alex Miller discuss with Maureen Matthews.


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Dennis Altman is a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at Latrobe University. His book, Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation, has been in print in various languages since 1972. This year he has written a memoir, Unrequited Love. In 2006 the Bulletin named him one of the 100 most influential Australians ever.

Patricia is a multi award-winning playwright with over 25 plays including The House of Bernarda Alba, In The Club, Shit, Love and Savages. Patricia also co-wrote & won an AWGIE award for the film Blessed, based on the play Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? which she co-wrote with Andrew Bovell, Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Reeves and Irine Vela.

Andrea Goldsmith in a Melbourne-based novelist and occasional essayist. Her novels include Miles Franklin Award short-listed The Prosperous Thief, the critically acclaimed Reunion, and The Memory Trap, which won the Melbourne Prize in 2015. Her new novel is Invented Lives, a tale of exile and longing that stretches from Soviet Russia to 1980s Australia.

Maureen Matthews is a sex educator and columnist. In 1996, she founded Bliss for Women, Melbourne’s first ethical, adult business for women and couples. In 2005 she was invited to write a weekly column in the Sunday Age. ‘About Last Night’ is a Q&A column that focuses on sex and relationships.

Alex Miller is the award-winning author of twelve novels. Miller is twice winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, in 1992 for The Ancestor Game and in 2003 for Journey to the Stone Country. He was winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993 for The Ancestor Game. The Passage of Love is his latest novel.

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