Events

Griffith Review Bookclub – Brisbane

Join Ashley Hay and international bestselling author Holly Ringland at Avid Reader in Brisbane to celebrate The Light Ascending at the inaugural Griffith Review Bookclub.

Featuring ‘The market seller’, Ringland’s first published work since The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, as well as new fiction, non-fiction and poetry from Australia and beyond, Griffith Review 66: The Light Ascending is the ultimate compendium of summer reading.

This very special event invites you to go beyond the page: listen as Ringland describes writing her sweet and bitter short story; discuss your reactions, thoughts and experiences with a community of fellow readers; and gain new perspectives on a spellbinding edition of Griffith Review.

Remember: you needn’t have finished the edition to join the discussion – but it’s not too late to start! Head to your local bookstore or jump online to grab a copy and find yourself instantly transported by new work from... Read more

Brisbane launch – The Light Ascending

Join Mirandi Riwoe, Allanah Hunt, Krissy Kneen, Holden Sheppard and editor Ashley Hay to launch Griffith Review 66: The Light Ascending in Brisbane.

The Light Ascending, published 5 November, tells tales of escapes: escapes from who we are, where we’re from and what we know. The stories in this collection traverse continents, cultures and generations: a Javanese artist’s model fights to survive in nineteenth-century Paris; a woman reckons with her past from deep within a coma; a trio of performers try to carve a place for themselves in an insular town; a family faces a tragedy that threatens to tear them apart.

The Light Ascending features the 2019 winners of The Novella Project VII: Julienne van Loon, Mirandi Riwoe, Keren Heenan and Allanah Hunt. The winners of Griffith Review’s seventh annual novella competition, supported by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, were chosen by expert judges Maxine Beneba Clarke, Aviva Tuffield and Holden Sheppard.

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Melbourne launch – The Light Ascending

Join editor Ashley Hay to launch the ultimate compendium of summer reading with Novella Project VII winners Julienne van Loon and Keren Heenan at Hill of Content Bookshop in Melbourne.

The Light Ascending, published 5 November, tells tales of escapes: escapes from who we are, where we’re from and what we know. The stories in this collection traverse continents, cultures and generations: a Javanese artist’s model fights to survive in nineteenth-century Paris; a woman reckons with her past from deep within a coma; a trio of performers try to carve a place for themselves in an insular town; a family faces a tragedy that threatens to tear them apart.

The Light Ascending features the 2019 winners of The Novella Project VII: Julienne van Loon, Mirandi Riwoe, Keren Heenan and Allanah Hunt. The winners of Griffith Review’s seventh annual novella competition, supported by... Read more

Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival – Crimes and Punishments

At Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival join Griffith Review 65: Crimes and Punishments contributors Amy McQuire and Sally Piper to discuss true tales of crime, justice and retribution with editor Ashley Hay.

When: 11.20 am, 14 September 2019
Where: The Women’s Club, 4th Floor, 179 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW
Tickets: Sold out – waiting list available

Brisbane Writers Festival – Crimes and Punishments

At this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival, meet with Griffith Review 65: Crimes and Punishments contributors Matthew Condon, Fiona Foley and Ross Homel as well as editor Ashley Hay to discuss true tales of crime, justice and retribution – and their very real impacts on our society.

For the latest edition of Griffith Review, award-winning writer and journalist Matthew Condon uncovers a series of unlikely connections between his family and the criminal history of the sunshine state; renowned artist Fiona Foley questions what role public art might play in exposing Australia’s dark misdeeds; and Ross Homel outlines how structural inequalities are impacting First Nations youth, and how better outcomes might be achieved.

When: 1 pm, 6 September 2019
Where: Cinema B, GoMA, South Bank, Brisbane
Tickets: $12–23, available online

Brisbane launch – Crimes and Punishments

Join Matthew Condon, Kristina Olsson, Yen-Rong Wong and editor Ashley Hay to launch Griffith Review 65: Crimes and Punishments in Brisbane.

What is it about crime stories that make people hunger for them? The volume of content produced in these genres – from the pages of mysteries and thrillers to audio and visual dramas and reconstructions – hints at a primal and deeply ingrained fascination with the darker side of human nature. While crime fiction has long held appeal for the reading public, the ways that crimes play out in the real world are often more complex, compelling and shocking than the most complicated imagined plots.

Griffith Review 65: Crimes and Punishments tells stories of reform and possibility from inside our institutions, from the greatest to the smallest of their participants. It tells stories of state-sanctioned violence, of justice after decades of systematic failures and betrayals, of truths, lies and assumptions, and... Read more

Byron Writers Festival

At this year’s Byron Writers Festival, join Griffith Review 64: The New Disruptors contributors Scott Ludlam, Phillipa McGuinness and Mark Pesce for a discussion chaired by Julianne Schultz about our high-tech lives and more.

When: 1.45 pm, Saturday 3 August 2019
Where: The Saturday Paper Marquee
Tickets: Festival passes available online


Later, meet with Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country contributors Tony Birch, Andrew Stafford, Kate Veitch for a discussion chaired by editor Ashley Hay.

When: 10 am, Sunday 4 August 2019
Where: The Saturday Paper Marquee
Tickets: Festival passes available online

The New (Female) Disruptors

As the digital revolution continues to unleash radical change on industries, economies, politics and institutions, what future will this disruption shape? Is the brave new world one of decentralisation, anti-elitism and individual freedom – or surveillance, monopoly and control? And what does it mean in particular for women?

Join Yassmin Abdel Magied, Eileen Ormsby and Jenny Sinclair to discuss the current era of disruption and what it signals for the future of feminism at Feminist Writers Festival’s The New (Female) Disruptors.

When: 4–5.30 pm, Sunday 22 June 2019
Where: Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop Street, Geelong
Tickets: $11.64 (book online)

Imagination, innovation and the art of the possible

What role does the creative, the imaginary play in technological and scientific development? Can imagination help us navigate disruption?

As we struggle to reconcile the new realities of our hyper-connected world, the futures invoked by Orwell and Huxley loom large. But literary imaginings go way beyond utopias and dystopias to foreshadow breakthrough inventions and their potential impacts on humanity. Mary Shelley animated Frankenstein’s monster with bioelectrical currents that foreshadowed the defibrillator, and Jules Verne imagined a world powered by hydrogen almost 150 years before we reached the threshold of making this most commonplace element into a vital fuel-source. More recently, Orson Scott Card forecast the future of humanity would be dependent on global communication systems, hand-held computer tablets and intellectual avatars to influence political debates.

How does innovation spring from an idea? Can creative thinking help us shape and negotiate this ever-evolving world?

In Griffith Review‘s latest ‘In conversation’, Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan... Read more

Lightning Talk: The New Disruptors

Digital disruption is viewed with suspicion. We are better connected than ever but feel on edge. What are the ethical, moral and social consequences of our enmeshed online world? With tech revolutions rocking the foundations of society, how can we allay these fears?

Is the enjoyment in your life slipping away under a morass of Facebook notifications and Twitter mentions? Worried your personal information was compromised by Cambridge Analytica to swing an election? Do you enjoy memes but hate when they’re co-opted to sell products? And what are influencers anyway?

Join Griffith Review and Griffith Library at the latest Lightning Talk, featuring The New Disruptors contributors Ian Townsend and Margaret Gibson, as well as Griffith University academics Assoc Prof Ingrid Burkett and Dr Dinesh Palipana.

When: 12–1 pm, Thursday 23 May 2019
Where: The Collaboratory – Logan Library, Griffith University, Logan Campus
Tickets: FREE – no registration necessary

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