Program Category: Front Row


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Eka Kurniawan: Beyond Beauty is a Wound

27 Oct 2016 10:15 / /

Hear from one of the most promising Indonesian authors of this decade: Eka Kurniawan has earned international recognition with his critically-acclaimed works – most notably Beauty is a Wound and …

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Suki Kim: Undercover in North Korea

27 Oct 2016 10:15 / /

In 2011, investigative journalist Suki Kim went undercover in North Korea. Posing as a missionary and a teacher, she taught English to the 19-year-old sons of North Korea’s ruling class. …

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Magda Szubanski: Reckoning

27 Oct 2016 13:00 / /

“If you had met my father you would never, not for an instant, have thought he was an assassin.” One of Australia’s best-loved performers takes the UWRF stage to reflect …

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The Art of Reading

27 Oct 2016 13:00 / /

In an age of pop-ups, listicles and clickbait, have we forgotten how to read? Does the act demand courage, patience and curiosity? From Asterix to Aristotle, prize-winning philosopher Damon Young …

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Anastasia Lin: Beauty with Purpose

28 Oct 2016 10:30 / /

Chinese-born Miss World Canada, Anastasia Lin, made headlines after being barred from China for her outspoken views on the country’s human rights violations. Hear her speak on beauty as a …

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Ariel Leve: An Abbreviated Life

28 Oct 2016 10:30 / /

“A poet, an artist and a self-appointed troublemaker”, Ariel Leve’s mother created a home with few rules, and fewer boundaries. Leve’s powerful memoir reflects having to be parent to both …

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Surviving Slavery

28 Oct 2016 11:45 / /

In 2001, Shandra Wowuruntu fell victim to the sex trafficking industry. Today, her organisation – Mentari – which helps survivors reintegrate into the community and find meaningful work, has been …

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Mitchell S. Jackson: The Residue Years

28 Oct 2016 13:15 / /

Mitchell S. Jackson’s remarkable journey from drug dealer to author inspired his vivid debut, The Residue Years. This coming-of-age tale rockets the reader into the intersection of race and poverty …

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Desi Anwar: Talking Points

28 Oct 2016 16:00 / /

Known as one of the country’s brightest anchorwomen, Desi Anwar has played a pivotal role in making TV the news medium of choice for most Indonesians. Join the conversation as …

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Lionel Shriver: The Mandibles

29 Oct 2016 10:30 / /

Known for her insightful fiction-meets-social commentary, Lionel Shriver joins us to discuss her 12th novel, The Mandibles. Imagining a dystopian US following economic collapse, Shriver lays bare the brutality and …

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Juan Pablo Villalobos: Down the Rabbit Hole

29 Oct 2016 10:30 / /

Serving up generous helpings of dark humour with stories of class, history, politics and violence, Juan Pablo Villalobos takes us inside a prismatic Mexico, rich with tales of shadow and …

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Stan Grant: Talking to My Country

29 Oct 2016 13:15 / /

Race, identity and the soul of a nation: join Wiradjuri man and esteemed journalist Stan Grant for a discussion on childhood, career and country. A powerful and timely interrogation of …

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Baz Dreisinger: Incarceration Nations

29 Oct 2016 16:00 / /

Go behind-the-bars with Baz Dreisinger’s unflinching portrait of the prisons and prisoners of nine different countries – from Africa to Europe. Driesinger challenges us to interrogate the nature of justice, …

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Charlotte Wood: The Natural Way of Things

29 Oct 2016 16:00 / /

“You can’t shake off this novel, it gets under your skin, fills your lungs, breaks your heart.” – Christos Tsiolkas. Winner of the 2016 Stella Prize, Charlotte Wood, discusses her …

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Helon Habila: The Chibok Girls

30 Oct 2016 10:30 / /

On 15 April, 2014, 267 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in northern Nigeria were kidnapped by Boko Haram. Acclaimed Nigerian novelist Helon Habila shares the personal stories of some …

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Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life

30 Oct 2016 10:30 / /

Searing, insightful, unflinching: Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life has made an indelible impression on readers the world over. She joins Kirsti Melville for a conversation on friendship, art, and …

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Seno Gumira Ajidarma: My Indonesia

30 Oct 2016 13:15 / /

A revered figure in Indonesia’s literary and journalism scenes, Seno Gumira Ajidarma is a prolific writer whose work spans many genres, and reflects his multi-faceted curiosity. He draws inspiration from …

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Hannah Kent: The Good People

30 Oct 2016 13:15 / /

Hannah Kent’s bestselling debut novel, Burial Rites, was translated into over 20 languages and lauded around the globe. Be among the first to hear from this impressive talent on the …

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