Festival Program

Highlight Event

The Pleasure of Guilty

Sun 1 Sep, 10am
The Capitol

How socially acceptable is it for intelligent, career-focused people to confess to being a diehard fans of lowbrow rom-coms? State Library Victoria CEO Kate Torney comes clean, along with ABC journalists Virginia Trioli and Paul Kennedy as they talk to Michael Williams about their own guiltless romantic pop culture pleasures.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Paul Kennedy is an author and presenter with ABC television with 25 years in journalism. He currently presents on the popular national News Breakfast program. His four books include Hell On The Way To Heaven (co-authored with Chrissie Foster), a key component in the push for Australia's largest Royal Commission.

Kate Torney is CEO of State Library Victoria. She joined the Library during an exciting period of transformation, overseeing an $88.1 million redevelopment project due for completion in 2019. Kate spent 25 years in journalism before joining the State Library. From 2009–2015 she was Director of News at the ABC.

Two-time Walkley Award-winner, Virginia Trioli is one of Australia’s best-known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator. She is much sought-after as a speaker and MC, and combines a rigorous interviewing style with a wicked sense of humor.

Michael Williams is the director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the head of programming before being appointed as director in 2011.

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