Festival Program

City Program

Other Ways the World Could Be

Sun 12 Sep, 4pm
State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

We all have different expectations of utopian and dystopian stories, but how do they confound understanding when we live through them? ABC RN’s Paul Barclay speaks with a panel of contributors to the Griffith Review’s Hey, Utopia! about unexpected realities and revelations amid the largest narratives of our time and how they shape our vision for other ways the world could be. Featuring writers Julian Meyrick, Kristen Rundle and David Threlfall.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 border restrictions, Briohny Doyle is no longer appearing in this event.

In partnership with Griffith Review


1 hour


Event artists

Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award-winning journalist and broadcaster with an appetite for ideas and in-depth analysis and discussion. He has produced and presented countless stories for more than 25 years for an array of programs on virtually all ABC radio networks.

Julian Meyrick is Professor of Creative Arts at Griffith University. He is literary adviser for the Queensland Theatre, general editor of Currency House’s Platform Paper series, and a board member of Northern River Performing Arts and the Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Kristen Rundle is a Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne, where she teaches and publishes in the fields of administrative law and legal theory. Her current research addresses questions of design and accountability in the contemporary Australian administrative state, with a particular focus on contracted-out government service delivery.

David Threlfall is an academic and writer from Melbourne. His latest essay—‘Home, together, a family’, on the terror of extreme prematurity—appears in Griffith Review 73: Hey, Utopia! He is writing a PhD on British political rhetoric at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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