SPEECHES and EVENTS
I’ve been the fortunate recipient of several invitations from the Wheeler Centre for Books, Ideas and Writing, our brand-new shiny hub of all things literary in Melbourne, a UNESCO City of Literature, to do talks and take part in panels. The Wheeler often films their events and here are links to a couple I’ve done so far. It’s an excellent place to catch writers talking and many of their events are free so I recommend it mightily to all Melburnians.Plus, they’re soon to open a really nice bar downstairs.
And some other events, including some at writers festivals like Sydney Writers Festival 2011.
Me on ‘Show and Tell’ website, various chunks of filmed interview (February 2013): on the temptation of taking drugs; on changing my life; On my ‘show and tell’… On being proud of my past; on being pregnant; on relationships; sex tips…
Me talking about addiction as part of discussion on ABC Canberra local radio with Genevieve Jacobs, August 2012 (radio file).
Me on ‘Jennifer Byrne presents…’ on ABC television, talking about memoir in panel with Benjamin Law, Jane Clifton and Peter FitzSimons, August 2011.
ACMI Desert Island Flicks gig in July 2011, where I was asked to show clips from and discuss the five films I’d take as a castaway. These are short clips from the event on YouTube.
Porn Wars, at SWF 2011: me, Catherine Lumby, Gail Dines and Leslie Cannold have it out on pornography today.
Me in conversation interviewing Sonia Faleiro, author of Beautiful Thing (about bar dancers in Mumbai) at Sydney Writers Festival, May 2011.
Miss Misogyny: Why are women so mean to each other? A 20 minute speech I gave for the Lunchbox/Soapbox weekly event at the Wheeler.
Me in a panel on love & literature, with playwright Hannie Rayson, memoirist and journalist Craig Sherbourne, and novelist Steven Carroll at the Wheeler.
Me revisiting the Gatwick Hotel in St Kilda, filmed by The Outsiders Guide (recommended) who made a series of films about the legendary boarding house. Budapest, the gentleman interviewing me, has sadly passed away since. Vale Budapest.
Here are some of the interviews I’ve done over the years. So far they are usually about In My Skin but that will hopefully change when The Romantic comes out!
With the Safer Injecting magazine, not only about drugs but also writing
As part of a feature about Melbourne writers and our favourite books about Melbourne…
With the famous Leonard Lopate in NYC (it’s the Counter Feat item; click to get access to mine)
With The Guestroom for ABC Darwin, 2009. (scroll down or use ‘find: Holden’ for my file)