World Science Festival Brisbane Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance



How will we change what we do with what we have?

Join Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance contributors Sophie Cunningham, Ian Lowe and Jasmin McGaughey and editor Ashley Hay at World Science Festival Brisbane as they explore the ways in which our changing relationships with resources are altering what we do with all that’s animal, vegetable and mineral – as well as with less tangible commodities such as memory, stories and hope.

This is a compelling discussion on the inelastic limits of the planet; on energy in all forms – from nuclear and hydrogen to human; on how to treat hope and courage as muscles we can exercise; and on the potential for rupture bound up in the pandemic, the possibilities for change that it contains and the more critical question of how to set them underway.

Griffith Review: Remaking the Balance is presented with WSFB Academic Partner Griffith University.

When: Sunday 28 March, 1 pm to 2 pm.

Where: Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium

Tickets can be purchased here.



Ashley Hay is a novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Peoples’ Choice, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her novels include The Body in the Clouds (2010) and A Hundred Small Lessons (2017). She is the editor of Griffith Review.

Sophie Cunningham is the author of six books including City of Trees; Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy; Melbourne and the children’s book Tippy & Jellybean. She is also the editor of the collection Fire, Flood, Plague: Australian writers respond to 2020. She is an adjunct professor at RMIT University’s Non/fiction Lab.

Ian Lowe AO is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University. He has published extensively, chaired the advisory council for the first independent national report on the state of the environment and was on the expert advisory committee for the SA Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. He has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering since 2005 and the International Academy of Sciences, Health and Ecology recently awarded him the Konrad Lorenz Gold Medal for his contributions to sustainable futures.

Jasmin McGaughey is a Torres Strait Islander and African American. She is currently in the midst of a master of philosophy in creative writing, looking into Torres Strait Islander representation in YA. She works at Queensland State Library in the black&write! team as a junior editor. She has written for Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Voiceworks, Homer and Hot Chicks with Big Brains.

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