TALKS BY WOMEN WRITERS
radicals: Meredith Burgmann AM
and Nadia Wheatley
in conversation with JANE CARO AM
The Sixties were a turning point for protest and change. Opposition to the Vietnam war and the introduction of conscription were catalysts but protests grew to include Aboriginal Land Rights, Women’s Liberation, Gay Liberation and anti-apartheid demonstrations.
In Radicals many of those who were active at the time (roughly 1965 – 1975), including Meredith Burgmann and Nadia Wheatley, David Marr, Margret RoadKnight, Gary Foley, Jozefa Sobski, Geoffrey Robertson, Peter Manning, Gary Williams and Vivienne Binns, reflect on their involvement in these protests and how the decade changed them and Australian society.
Radicals – Remembering the Sixties also looks at how these past struggles are both similar and different to protests of the present.
NADIA WHEATLEY is an Australian writer whose works include picture books, novels, biography, memoir and history. Many of her books for children and young adults, including the classic picture book My place (illustrated by Donna Rawlins) have been honoured in the annual awards of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. The Papunya School Book of Country and History produced in collaboration with Papunya school is a much-awarded collaborative account of this Western Desert community from an indigenous perspective. Her biography The Life and Myth of Charmian Clift was the The Age Non-Fiction book of the year in 2002 and won the New South Wales Premier’s Award for Australian History in 2002.
MEREDITH BURGMANN AM is a former academic who has also served as Labor president of the NSW Legislative Council. In 1993, Burgmann started the Ernie Awards to draw attention to comments regarded as misogynistic. In 2007 she published with Yvette Andrews The Ernies Book: 1000 Terrible Things Australian Men Have Said About Women. She has also published articles on industrial, environmental and Aboriginal rights issues. and her sister Verity wrote Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation in collaboration with Verity Burgmann in 1998.
Date: Tuesday 20 July 2021
Time: 6pm AEDT for 6.30pm start.
Interview finishes at 7.30 pm and the evening concludes at 8.00pm
Location: The Women's Club, Level 4, 179 Elizabeth Street; and by Zoom. To set up zoom download from zoom.us/download.
In-person (includes wine and canapés)
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For Guests $30
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