The Wheeler Centre

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The Di Gribble Argument returns for a third year, pushing us into constructive disagreement in efforts to break a conversational deadlock. This year we’re taking on one of the most intractable conversations in Australian public life: stopping the boats. We are – proudly – a flourishing multicultural society. Most of us carry family histories of...

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In both the big and small ends of town, what does it take to stay afloat in the publishing business? These days, it seems that no matter your skills,the paying of bills looms large – whether you’re in small press, independent journals, magazines, books, ‘new’ media or news media. Through subscriptions, retail, arts funding, sponsorships,...

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Hannah Kent: The Good People

October 3rd, 2016

Hilary Harper and Hannah Kent Since 2013, with the international success of her debut novel,Burial Rites, Hannah Kent’s name is often mentioned in the same breath as Hilary Mantel or Geraldine Brooks; masters of literary historical fiction.Burial Rites,about a woman executed for murder in Iceland in 1830, was translated into 20 languages and...

For this special post-AFL Grand Final episode, join the double-act of Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy and acclaimed sportswriter Martin Flanaganfor a discussion of writing and football – recorded mid-season 2015, covering topics such as racism, pressure on players to be role models, the Americanisation of the game, the upcoming Women's...