|Staff wore black Ts and volunteers wore green: sitting on the edge of the wharf listening|
Being slightly dissatisfied with my 2008 fare (consisting in the main of women authors talking about their upbringing), I determined this year to be more idea oriented. Be provoked, was my mantra. But, bull-at-gate Julie, over did it. With a schedule consisting of 17 sessions - 5 ticketed, 12 free - I left home at 8 each morning and did not return until after 7 each evening. Talk about provocation!
|Decisions, decisions: Saturday breakfast in the sun pouring over the choices|
I enjoyed Asa Walquist on water; Brian Matthews on Manning Clark, an Oz historian; Jenny Hocking on Gough Whitlam, an Oz Prime Minister; Amanda Lohrey on Grief; Aust, Bachelard & Neighbour on investigative journalism; Doidge's lecture on neuroplasticity; as well as Holloway and Frame on religion. However, my absolute stand-outs were Hartcher, Warhaft and Ellis banging on with Tony Jones about falling governments and McGeough, Hooper and Marr bantering about turning journalism into non-fiction books. I enjoyed Richard Flanagan and must read "The sound of one hand clapping" to see if he is as bad as my daughter proclaims. I have avoided telling you what I did not like. One man's meat is another man's fish.
|Pastries and a flat white for Professor BM|