Council Chambers — St Kilda Town Hall

Council Chambers, St Kilda Town Hall
99A Carlisle St, St Kilda, VIC 3182


Events at this venue:

Free
Cancelled

Writing Dangerously

Ginger Gorman, Antony Loewenstein and Mark Dapin have all thrown caution to the wind and taken great risks in their work as writers. How far have they gone – and how far are they willing to go? Is the need to express views and inform an audience worth the danger involved? Moderated by Julie Szego,…

May 4, 2020
10.00am—11.00am
Cancelled

Spotlight on Orly Castel-Bloom

Three time winner of the Prime Minister’s Award and the Sapir Prize, one of Israel’s most celebrated novelists, Orly Castel-Bloom, will be in conversation with Dr Dvir Abramovich about her postmodern masterpieces, including Dolly City, which has been listed in UNESCO’S Collection of Representative Works, and was nominated in 2007 as one of the ten most…

May 4, 2020
11.15am—12.15pm
Cancelled

Spotlight on Josh Cohen

Professor Josh Cohen (UK) explores intersections between psychoanalysis, cultural theory and modern literature. His writing has been termed ‘beguiling’, ‘remarkable’ and ‘compassionate’. Josh’s manner speaks of the same qualities, as he listens deeply to the answers that reside in spaces too removed for most of us to hear. In conversation with Nicola Redhouse.

May 4, 2020
12.30pm—1.30pm
Cancelled

Matters of the Heart

With the Holocaust as his unbidden reference book, traumatologist and child survivor Dr Paul Valent shares his deepest thoughts with cherished broadcaster Rachael Kohn in an intimate hour, as the pair explore the visceral relationship between violence and love.

May 4, 2020
1.45pm—2.45pm
Cancelled

The ‘Me’ in Memoir

Is there a point where the ‘me’ in memoir should stop? Are there limits to what readers want to know about or is a modern memoir expected to expose all? Is the ‘me’ in memoir a performative self? Three debut memoirists, Gigi Fenster (NZ), Hayley Katzen and Nicola Redhouse, discuss their thoughts with master memoirist…

May 4, 2020
3.00pm—4.00pm
Cancelled

Spotlight on Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg is a virtuoso of the short story. She spins her tales of human fragility, fallibility and unknowability, employing language that is distilled, luminous. Acclaimed as one of America’s finest writers, Eisenberg will talk about writing as a holy pursuit and the surprising nature of life. In conversation with Tali Lavi.

May 3, 2020
10.00am—11.00am
Cancelled

Recovering Australian Stories

How does one begin telling Australia’s story? Who has the right to tell which parts? And who are we to believe? Melding indigenous culture with threads of colonisation, Tim Bonyhady, Daniel James, and Jessica North attempt to piece together the varied parts of our oft-fraught past. Moderated by Mark Dapin.

May 3, 2020
11.15am—12.15pm
Cancelled

Spotlight on Wallace Shawn

Widely acclaimed as an actor, it is Wallace Shawn’s literary achievements that will be the focus of this conversation with MJBW Festival Director, Nicolas Brasch. As a playwright and essayist, Wallace has never shied from controversy, never adhered to conventions and never been afraid to express his views. Discussing everything from My Dinner with Andre to…

May 3, 2020
12.30pm—1.30pm
Cancelled

Welcome to Country – a conversation about homeland, genocide and community

Following the success of her book Welcome to Country, Professor Marcia Langton AM, Assoc. Provost University of Melbourne, talks with Mark Raphael Baker, formerly Assoc. Prof/Director ACJC, Monash University about similarities in the experiences of Australian Jews and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, and how these parallels create unique opportunity for understanding the challenges faced…

May 3, 2020
1.45pm—2.45pm
Cancelled

The Fascists in the Room

Fascism is on the rise. From Grafton to Christchurch, Pittsburgh, Charlottesville and Berlin. How did we get here? Join Raf Epstein as he interviews Jeff Sparrow, Julie Szego and Jonathan Pearlman. As Jeff claims in his new book, Fascists Among Us: online hate and the Christchurch massacre, “we need to understand him, because we must stop…

May 3, 2020
3.00pm—4.00pm
Cancelled

David Isaacs In Conversation with Elizabeth Finkel

Professor David Isaacs, paediatrician and bioethicist, speaks to Dr Elizabeth Finkel about the politics of health, and the place of ethics, morality, human rights and basic common sense in medicine and science. He also provides invaluable insights into the ways we harm each other.

May 3, 2020
4.15pm—5.15pm