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KING'S COLLEGE LONDON: 28-31 MAY 2015

The 2015 Festival

The 2015 Australia and New Zealand Festival will bring together stories and ideas from a globally-diverse cast of both established and emerging writers, thinkers and creators.

1. Opening Night

1. Opening Night

Thursday May 28th 7:00 PM

The Festival’s launch event welcomes acts from across the 2015 programme: a blistering mix of poet....

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2. The Asian Century

2. The Asian Century

Friday May 29th 2:00 PM

China is the second largest economy in the world and on track to overtake the US in the coming decad....

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3. Inspiring Women Reflect

3. Inspiring Women Reflect

Friday May 29th 4:00 PM

Join us for an exceptional late afternoon session on Friday 29 May with five highly successful and i....

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5. Remembered Music: Celebrating Gwen Harwood (1920-95)

5. Remembered Music: Celebrating Gwen Harwood (1920-95)

Friday May 29th 6:30 PM

Admired for her dazzling, sensuous musicality and uncompromising critical intelligence, Gwen Harw....

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6. Literary Death Match: Aus & NZ Special!

6. Literary Death Match: Aus & NZ Special!

Friday May 29th 8:30 PM

What is Literary Death Match? Four writers read their own work for seven minutes or less, and....

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7. War Stories: Uncertain Allies

7. War Stories: Uncertain Allies

Saturday May 30th 10:00 AM

As Europe marched into war in August 1914, they had every reason to be uncertain. Alliances were scr....

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9. Storytelling: The Girl from Sandy Desert

9. Storytelling: The Girl from Sandy Desert

Saturday May 30th 10:00 AM

Join us for an hour of storytelling with Australian writer Pat Lowe reading from The Girl ....

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12. Radicalisation and National Identity

12. Radicalisation and National Identity

Saturday May 30th 11:30 AM

Following December's terrorist attacks in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called for tough....

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11. Art Meets Science: New Ways of Seeing

11. Art Meets Science: New Ways of Seeing

Saturday May 30th 11:30 AM

Two artists and one scientific collaborator present the creative fruit of their partnership and disc....

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13. Sings Harry, Bill and Mick: a celebration of Douglas Lilburn and Denis Glover

13. Sings Harry, Bill and Mick: a celebration of Douglas Lilburn and Denis Glover

Saturday May 30th 11:30 AM

Douglas Lilburn’s 1953 setting of Denis Glover poetry, Sings Harry – one of New Zealand’s most....

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16. Kate Grenville in conversation

16. Kate Grenville in conversation

Saturday May 30th 1:00 PM

The Festival is delighted to host Kate Grenville in discussion about her new memoir One Li....

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15. Some Here Among us: The Journalist & the Fiction Writer

15. Some Here Among us: The Journalist & the Fiction Writer

Saturday May 30th 1:00 PM

Some Here Among Us takes readers from the shores of New Zealand to the political heart of Was....

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18. New Stories (Books just out)

18. New Stories (Books just out)

Saturday May 30th 1:00 PM

Discussing their latest books, this panel features three leading writers from Australia presenting n....

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17. South Country: 21st Century Antipodian Voices (I)

17. South Country: 21st Century Antipodian Voices (I)

Saturday May 30th 1:00 PM

Leading lights in the Australian and New Zealand poetry scene gather for an afternoon of Antipodean ....

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56. Risks, Faith and Friendship: Steve Toltz in conversation

56. Risks, Faith and Friendship: Steve Toltz in conversation

Sunday May 31st 6:00 PM

Firmly placed onto the international map after the publication of his critically acclaimed first nov....

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21. Brilliant Creatures

21. Brilliant Creatures

Saturday May 30th 2:30 PM

In his TV series Brilliant Creatures, Booker Prize-winning author Howard Jacobson inve....

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23. Dramatic Beauty: Writing from the Kimberley Region for Children

23. Dramatic Beauty: Writing from the Kimberley Region for Children

Saturday May 30th 2:30 PM

A book event featuring children’s authors Jesse Blackadder and Pat Lowe, whose work ....

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22. War in Writing: Ruth Padel in conversation with Vincent O’Sullivan

22. War in Writing: Ruth Padel in conversation with Vincent O’Sullivan

Saturday May 30th 2:30 PM

In the reflective setting of the beautiful Chapel at King’s College’s London, British poet and n....

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25. Breaking the Cycle: Alan Duff in Conversation with Melissa Lucashenko

25. Breaking the Cycle: Alan Duff in Conversation with Melissa Lucashenko

Saturday May 30th 4:00 PM

Domestic violence, alcoholism, drug addiction and rape are characteristics of the destructive social....

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26. The Story of the Kelly Gang

26. The Story of the Kelly Gang

Saturday May 30th 4:00 PM

The Story of the Kelly Gang, directed by Charles Tait in 1906, was the longest narrative film....

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33. The Demolition of the Century

33. The Demolition of the Century

Saturday May 30th 8:15 PM

The Demolition of the Century sees the award-winning New Zealand writer Duncan Sarkies.

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36. Storytelling: Dexter The Courageous Koala

36. Storytelling: Dexter The Courageous Koala

Sunday May 31st 10:30 AM

The Australian author Jesse Blackadder reads from her children’s novel, Dexter The Coura....

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47. The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse

47. The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse

Sunday May 31st 1:30 PM

Over 130,000 Australian horses served in the Great War of 1914-18. Popularly known as ‘Walers’, ....

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39. The Writer and his (Alter) Ego

39. The Writer and his (Alter) Ego

Sunday May 31st 12:00 PM

'A wonderful survey of the strange world of famous authors... Plug's exchanges with dozens of Booker....

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40. Collaboration in Contemporary Music

40. Collaboration in Contemporary Music

Sunday May 31st 12:00 PM

Not down (under) with Australian contemporary music? You’re by no means alone but in fact the avan....

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41. Alternative Worlds

41. Alternative Worlds

Sunday May 31st 12:00 PM

An event exploring alternative worlds in fiction, bringing together a range of storytelling, from fa....

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Cancelled: Don Watson on The Bush

Cancelled: Don Watson on The Bush

Sunday May 31st 4:30 PM

We regret to announce that Don Watson is no longer able to participate in this year's Festival. T....

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52. The Graphic Novel: Dylan Horrocks in Conversation with Roger Langridge

52. The Graphic Novel: Dylan Horrocks in Conversation with Roger Langridge

Sunday May 31st 4:30 PM

New Zealand writer and artist Roger Langridge (whose work includes The Muppet Show Comic B....

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53. South Country: 21st Century Antipodean Voices (II)

53. South Country: 21st Century Antipodean Voices (II)

Sunday May 31st 4:30 PM

Australian and New Zealand poets gather to offer an Antipodean poetic envoi for this year’s festiv....

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54. Awakening, Four Lives in Art

54. Awakening, Four Lives in Art

Sunday May 31st 4:30 PM

Awakening, Four Lives in Art by Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller explores the lives of ....

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49. Who Owns Culture?

49. Who Owns Culture?

Sunday May 31st 3:00 PM

An event exploring the challenges of exhibiting and presenting other cultures through the arts. Our ....

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44. Collecting stories from the Desert

44. Collecting stories from the Desert

Sunday May 31st 1:30 PM

In the 80s Pat Lowe (UK) went to live for three years in a camp in the Great Sandy Desert of ....

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43. The Life & Legacy of Katherine Mansfield

43. The Life & Legacy of Katherine Mansfield

Sunday May 31st 1:30 PM

Three eminent writers and academics discuss the life, work and legacy of Katherine Mansfield, the mo....

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46. The Mara Crossing: On Journeys Across the Globe

46. The Mara Crossing: On Journeys Across the Globe

Sunday May 31st 1:30 PM

Based around the theme of migration, this event explores the journeys people make in search of 'home....

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30. Who Do You Think You Are?

30. Who Do You Think You Are?

Saturday May 30th 6:00 PM

Two of Australia and New Zealand’s most promising writers and performance poets come together to d....

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Li Cunxin in Conversation

Li Cunxin in Conversation

Friday July 31st

At the age of 11, Li Cunxin was selected by Madame Mao's cultural advisors to attend the Beij....

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