Program Category: Main Program Day 3


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Inside the Echo Chamber

29 Oct 2016 09:00 /

In a digital age of immediate and intimate connectivity, is our world view really expanding? Is our capacity for empathy and understanding on the rise? Or are we simply stuck …

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The Self and I

29 Oct 2016 09:00 /

Is there any bigger question than the question of self? What shapes our identity? Writers from Indonesia, Singapore, Pakistan and Turkey debate how ‘self’ comes into being – from nature …

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Prison and the Pen

29 Oct 2016 09:00 /

Connection, compassion, and creativity. For those on the inside, writing can offer the chance to tell their own story, and to imagine a world beyond the bars.

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Beyond the Front Page

29 Oct 2016 09:00 /

Go beyond the headlines and get stuck into the day’s debates as the Festival’s journalists and commentators take an in-depth look at what’s making the local, national and global news.

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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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The Ground Beneath Our Feet

29 Oct 2016 10:30 /

Home is common ground. We’re born to it, walk upon it, and to be displaced can equal homelessness or statelessness. Join a powerful discussion of body, geography, and connection, with …

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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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Eternal Indonesia

29 Oct 2016 11:45 /

Wild jungles. Ancient cultures. Diverse beliefs. Indonesia casts a powerful spell on the visitor. Listen in as these writers reveal how the archipelago has captured their imagination, influenced their lives …

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China, Outspoken

29 Oct 2016 11:45 /

Between speech and silence: activist Anastasia Lin, and human rights lawyer Teng Biao, consider the current state of free expression in China. Where is it heading, what is lost, and …

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Making America Great Again?

29 Oct 2016 11:45 /

A rapid-fire war of words, ideas and party lines: the US election sends voters to the polls a week after the Festival ends. Our writers debate the controversies, calamities, and …

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The Spell of Poetry

29 Oct 2016 11:45 /

Poetry makes language strange, and – in doing so – remakes the world so we may encounter it anew. Hear these poets on the art of language, and explore why …

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Dalam Bahasa Indonesia

29 Oct 2016 13:15 /

Get to know the language of Indonesia in all its richness and complexity. What are the things it is only possible to say in Indonesian? A group of writers and …

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The Tipping Point

29 Oct 2016 13:15 /

It makes up 60% of the human body and covers nearly 70% of the earth’s surface. With rising sea levels, increasing temperatures and changing weather patterns, water shapes our world …

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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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Cinematic Indonesia

29 Oct 2016 13:15 /

Indonesian cinema has taken the pulse of a nation, a visual tribute to its struggles and triumphs. These influential filmmakers discuss how Indonesian film has shaped and narrated the evolution …

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Screen Addicts

29 Oct 2016 14:30 /

Facebook, Twitter and Pokemon Go! – Indonesia is addicted to the screen. Listen in as these best-selling authors and an indie publisher talk the trials and tribulations of bringing literature …

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It Chooses You

29 Oct 2016 14:30 /

“Talent is only 10%. The rest is obsession,” says poet Selima Hill. For these writers, obsession – be it historical, cultural, or physical – has played a defining role. What happens when …

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The Past is Present

29 Oct 2016 14:30 /

Forget blackboards and musty textbooks, strap in for a super-charged history lesson where we consider how (and why) literature can keep us from repeating the mistakes of history.

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Cooking the Books

29 Oct 2016 16:00 /

High-gloss, seductively-styled, and jam-packed with drool-inducing recipes you’re possibly never going to attempt: cookbooks are more covetable than ever. Author Valli Little and designer Evi O. join forces to take …

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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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