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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.

Peter Carey in conversation

Peter Carey in conversation

Tuesday May 19th 7:00 PM

Peter Carey in conversation with Hermione Lee (UK), chaired by publisher, writer and c...

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Black, White and Brindle: Aboriginality in An Age of Unreason

Black, White and Brindle: Aboriginality in An Age of Unreason

Friday May 22nd 7:00 PM

Since 1788, Aboriginal people have been pinned relentlessly beneath the microscope of the European g...

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Elemental

Elemental

Monday May 25th 7:00 PM

Elemental is an exploration of science, mind and the imagination, specifically four different theori...

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Opening Night

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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The Asian Century

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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Inspiring Women Reflect

Inspiring Women Reflect

Friday May 29th 4:00 PM

Three high-profile women reflect on their career paths and lessons learned. After a question and ans...

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Remembered Music: Celebrating Gwen Harwood (1920-95)

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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Literary Death Match: Aus & NZ Special!

Literary Death Match: Aus & NZ Special!

Friday May 29th 8:30 PM

4 authors, 3 judges, 2 finalists, 1 epic finale (and a bunch of really attractive lit-nerds). ...

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War Stories: Uncertain Allies

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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Storytelling: The Girl from Sandy Desert

Storytelling: The Girl from Sandy Desert

Saturday May 30th 10:00 AM

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

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Radicalisation and National Identity

Radicalisation and National Identity

Saturday May 30th 11:30 AM

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

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Art Meets Science: New Ways of Seeing

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

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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Kate Grenville in conversation

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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Some Here Among us: The Journalist & the Fiction Writer

Some Here Among us: The Journalist & the Fiction Writer

Saturday May 30th 1:00 PM

Described as a novel for our times, Some Here Among Us takes readers from the shores of New Z...

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New Stories (Books just out)

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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South Country: 21st Century Antipodian Voices (I)

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 evening of Antipodean re...

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Risks, Faith and Friendship: Steve Toltz in conversation

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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Brilliant Creatures

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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Dramatic Beauty: Writing from the Kimberley Region for Children

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

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

Saturday May 30th 2:30 PM

In the reflective setting of King’s College’s beautiful Chapel, British poet and novelist Rut...

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Breaking the Cycle: Alan Duff in Conversation with Melissa Lucashenko

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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The Story of the Kelly Gang

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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The Demolition of the Century

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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Storytelling: Dexter The Courageous Koala

Storytelling: Dexter The Courageous Koala

Sunday May 31st 10:30 AM

The Australian author, Jesse Blackadder, reads an extract from her new novel for children,

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The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse

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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The Writer and his (Alter) Ego

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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Collaboration in Contemporary Music

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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Alternative Worlds

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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Don Watson on The Bush

Don Watson on The Bush

Sunday May 31st 4:30 PM

Most Australians live in cities and cling to the coastal fringe, yet our sense of identity is – or...

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The Graphic Novel: Dylan Horrocks in Conversation with Roger Langridge

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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South Country: 21st Century Antipodean Voices (II)

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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Awakening: Four Lives in the Arts

Awakening: Four Lives in the Arts

Sunday May 31st 4:30 PM

Awakening: Four Lives in Art by Eileen Chanin is the story of four influential women who all worked ...

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Who Owns Culture?

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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Collecting stories from the Desert

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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The Life & Legacy of Katherine Mansfield

The Life & Legacy of Katherine Mansfield

Sunday May 31st 1:30 PM

Our guest discusses the life, work and legacy of Katherine Mansfield, the modernist New-Zeala...

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The Mara Crossing: On Journeys Across the Globe

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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Who Do You Think You Are?

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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