Program Category: Main Program Day 3


Main Program: Tim Flannery: Sunlight and Seaweed

It can be hard to feel hope in the face of daily news updates on climate change and our threatened environment. Scientist, writer and 2007 Australian of the Year Tim …

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Main Program: The Last Taboo?

28 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Why is class such a taboo topic in the 21st century? It remains deeply embedded in most societies, yet many of us deny its existence with rhetoric around equal opportunity …

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Main Program: Simon Armitage: From Punk to Poet

28 Oct 2017 09:00 /

“I’ve always tried to think of poetry as an active ingredient in the language…” From a life-long passion for rock music to his post as Oxford Professor of Poetry, poet, …

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Main Program: True Stories

28 Oct 2017 10:15 /

Intimate, personal, and revelatory: memoir and biography take us into the lives of real people. A pleasure for the reader, this raises questions for the writer: How much creative license …

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Main Program: Half a Century of ASEAN

28 Oct 2017 10:15 /

In August 1967, ASEAN began as a collective of five countries. Now ten strong, it celebrates 50 years in 2017. We invite writers from across the region to share their …

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Main Program: Postcards from the Page

28 Oct 2017 10:15 /

Hit the road with writers and editors whose words have inspired intrepid explorers and armchair adventurers alike. Juggling delights, delays, and deadlines is all in a day’s work for these …

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Main Program: Nusrat Durrani: Love in a Time of Hate

28 Oct 2017 11:45 /

The confluence of globalization, social media and technology has created unprecedented opportunity to connect the world and build bridges of understanding – especially through storytelling. A firm believer in the …

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Main Program: The Mother Lode

28 Oct 2017 11:45 /

Tap into a rich vein of inspiration as we mine motherhood in all its meanings. From mythologies of mother earth to the stories we inherit from our own mothers, the …

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Main Program: Simon Winchester: A Case for Curiosity

An intellectual adventurer armed with insatiable curiosity, Simon Winchester’s bestselling books of narrative history include The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded and most recently, Pacific. …

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Main Program: Bali in Frame

28 Oct 2017 13:00 /

From the Majapahit Empire to the modern day, Balinese art has experienced groundbreaking periods of creativity. Join these young creatives – a painter, a photographer, an illustrator and a street …

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Main Program: Sharing Stories with the World

28 Oct 2017 13:00 /

Asia Pacific Writers and Translators is a think tank of individuals from across the region at the forefront of writing and publishing. Fresh from the tenth annual conference right here …

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Main Program: Aftermath

28 Oct 2017 13:00 /

What happens after the fighting ceases and the cameras stop filming? As the world moves on, scars remain for individuals, communities and entire nations. Casting a survey across Cambodia, India, …

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Main Program: Andreas Harsono: Keeping a Close Watch

28 Oct 2017 14:30 /

Numerous alarming events occurred in Indonesia this year. Among them, Jakarta’s popular ‘double minority’ governor was ousted in an election tainted with racist and radical rallies, and the Corruption Eradication …

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Main Program: Chapter and Verse

28 Oct 2017 14:30 /

For these writers, poetry is part of a constellation of creative expression. Writing from different cultures and literary traditions, they convene to compare notes on their poetry practice, writing women’s …

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Main Program: Paradise in Peril?

28 Oct 2017 14:30 /

Bali perpetually tops lists of the world’s favorite holiday destinations, but like most tourism hotpots it has its fair share of issues. From the environmental to the ethical: how much …

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Main Program: Jung Chang: Writing Modern China

Jung Chang’s seminal Wild Swans is considered to be the most widely read book on China, ever. A scholar and historian, she has returned to her place of birth as …

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Main Program: Moving Images

28 Oct 2017 15:45 /

Some films entertain while some trigger social change. Four of the Festival’s finest film minds step out from behind the camera to share their experiences challenging stereotypes, documenting social struggles …

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Main Program: Captivating Comics

28 Oct 2017 15:45 /

Adults read real books, and real books don’t contain pictures. For years, this was (and to some extent still is) how comics were perceived: as childish entertainment. But creators the …

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