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

Science in the City: The New Disruptors

As the digital revolution keeps unleashing radical change on industries, economies, politics and institution – and on our lives.  What future will this disruption shape?  What upheavals are to come?  evolution is being driven by technological rather than biological forces: within a century, we may meet our first ‘non-biological offspring’. Is the brave new world of Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google and Uber one of decentralisation, anti-elitism and individual freedom – or surveillance, monopoly and control?

Join contributors Ellen Broad, Mark Pesce and Elise Bohan to discuss all this and more with Ashley Hay at Science in the City: The New Disruptors.

When: 5.30 pm, Tuesday 14 May 2019
Where: The Women’s Club, Level 4, 179 Elizabeth St, Sydney
Tickets: $22.50–30 (contact The Women’s Club directly)

Sydney Writers Festival

Griffith Review 64: The New Disruptors

The digital revolution continues to unleash change on industries, economies, politics and institutions – and remake personal lives. What shape will the future take in the wake of this disruption? Will the brave new worlds of Facebook, Amazon, Google and Uber create decentralised, anti-elite utopias where all individuals are free? Or will they produce dystopic monopolies, characterised by surveillance and control?

Scott Ludlam, Bronwyn Carlson, Mark Pesce and Frances Flanagan talk to editor Ashley Hay at Sydney Writers Festival.

When: 4.30 pm, Friday 3 May 2019
Where: Carriageworks, Track 12, Eveleigh NSW
Tickets: $15–$20 (online)

The economics of conservation – World Science Festival Brisbane

The economics of conservation – What price nature?

The past two decades have seen increasing emphasis on the economic benefits of conservation and biodiversity, attributing value to environmental goods as natural capital: discussions about ecology on the one hand and conservation on the other are increasingly couched in dollar terms.

This panel discussion – a World Science Festival Brisbane affiliate event – will examine how these frameworks impact on how we view the natural world. Hosted by Paul Barclay and featuring Hugh Possingham, Jane Gleeson-White and Charles Massy.

When: 6–8 pm,Thursday 21 March
Where: Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium, 140 Grey Street, South Brisbane
Tickets: From $18 for concession holders and Griffith Review subscribers (book online)

Cover image: James Tylor, Turralyendi Yerta (Tindo Kakirra Yerta), 2017 [detail]

Writing the Country – Adelaide Writers’ Week

Adelaide Writers’ Week

Contributors Jane Gleeson-White, Tom Griffiths and James Bradley will discuss their contributions to Writing the Country with Griffith Review editor Ashley Hay at the 2019 Writers’ Week during Adelaide Festival.

When: Wed 6 March, 3.45–4.45 pm
Where: West Stage, Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, King William Road, Adelaide
Tickets: Free (no RSVP necessary)

More information here.

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