CANCELLED – Live event – Byron Writers Festival and Griffith Review: Memories, Imaginaries and Personal Utopias


When: 2 pm to 3 pm Sunday 8 August 2021

Where: Feros Care Marquee, Byron Writers Festival, Elements of Byron Resort

Festival tickets: Available here

Memories, imaginaries and personal utopias. Join Lech Blaine, Danielle Celermajer and Fiona Foley as they explore some of the most powerful and effective pasts, presents and futures we can imagine for ourselves – from the personal to the planetary – with a pandemic and a bit of time-travel along the way. These three contributors to Griffith Review 72: States of Mind and Griffith Review 73: Hey, Utopia! will be in conversation with Griffith Review editor Ashley Hay.

About the panellists

Ashley Hay is a former literary editor of The Bulletin, and a prize-winning author who has published three novels and four books of narrative non-fiction. Her work has won several awards, including the 2013 Colin Roderick Prize and the People’s Choice Award in the 2014 NSW Premier’s Prize. She has also been longlisted for the Miles Franklin and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for prizes including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Kibble. In 2014, she edited the anthology Best Australian Science Writing. She is the editor of Griffith Review.

Lech Blaine is a writer from Toowoomba. His first book, Car Crash: A Memoir, was published by Black Inc. in 2021. His work has also appeared in The MonthlyKill Your DarlingsSeizureThe Lifted BrowTincture and Voiceworks, among others.

Danielle Celermajer is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, deputy director (academic) of the Sydney Environment Institute and convenor of the Multispecies Justice Collective. Her books include The Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apologies, The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach (both with Cambridge University Press) and Summertime (Penguin Random House, 2021).

Dr Fiona Foley is a lecturer at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. She exhibits regularly in Australia and internationally. ‘All men choose the path they walk, her essay for Griffith Review 65: Crimes and Punishments, was awarded the AAANZ Arts Writing and Publishing Award for Best Art Writing by an Indigenous Australian in 2020.  


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