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The Assault of the Earth

Fri 10 Sep, 10am
The Wheeler Centre, Performance Space

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

As Australia faces the spectre of climate change, how can our leaders and us as consumers usher in new ways to address issues of sustainability and misinformation? Award–winning journalists Gabrielle Chan (Why You Should Give a F*ck About Farming) and Marian Wilkinson (The Carbon Club) come together in conversation with Astrid Edwards to discuss their works, which shine a light on issues of class, environmentalism, and policymaking as they relate to the fossil fuel and produce industries.


1 hour


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Gabrielle Chan has written for The Australian, Guardian Australia, Meanjin and the Griffith Review. Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the 2020 Walkleys. Why You Should Give a F**k About Farming was released in August 2021.

Astrid Edwards is the chair of Melbourne Writers Festival. She also hosts two bookish podcasts, teaches writing at RMIT University, and serves on the Victorian Disability Advisory Council.

Marian Wilkinson is an award-winning journalist, whose career has spanned radio, television and print, including working for the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC’s Four Corners program. Her latest book, The Carbon Club, investigates the network behind Australia’s bitter political battles over climate change.

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