Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival - How the Past is Present
Nov.
16
1:00 pm13:00

Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival - How the Past is Present

Clare Wright will represent Australian literature and history at the inaugural Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival.

World War II. The women’s suffrage movement. The Partition of India. Award-winning writers bring historical events vividly into the present, tracing how the past shapes our economies, our cities, our politics, and our societies today. They also address the importance of getting history right, and what can go wrong when only part of the story is told. Featuring Raghu Karnad, Clare Wright, and Nisid Hajari, in conversation with Patrick Winn. ENG w/ THAI TRANS.

Though tickets to daytime events on the Neilson Hays Library Stage and British Club Stage are free, frist come first served, you book day passes for guaranteed seats here.

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Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival - Women, Uninterrupted
Nov.
17
11:00 am11:00

Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival - Women, Uninterrupted

Clare Wright will represent Australian literature and history at the inaugural Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival.

Just 12 percent of Nobel Prize winners in literature are female. For every female film character, there are 2.24 male characters. Women account for less than 7% of world leaders, and the UN reports a “serious regression” in the power of women across the world. With these figures as a backdrop, we put brilliant females together and find out what happens when women take center stage. Melissa Lucashenko, Clare Wright, P. Sivakami and Jidanun Lueangpiansamut in conversation with Carina Chotirawe. ENG w/ THAI TRANS.

Though tickets to daytime events on the Neilson Hays Library Stage and British Club Stage are free, frist come first served, you book day passes for guaranteed seats here.

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Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival - The Democracy Trilogy
Nov.
17
4:00 pm16:00

Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival - The Democracy Trilogy

Clare Wright will represent Australian literature and history at the inaugural Neilson Hays Bangkok Literature Festival.

What is lost when half of history is erased? Would our understanding of the world be different if history was told from the perspective of women? Clare Wright answers these questions and more in her Democracy Trilogy, which to date includes You Daughters of Freedom and The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. She rewinds the tape of time to shine a light on two of Australia’s important fights for democracy–the women’s suffrage movement and the Eureka Rebellion–told from the vantage point of women. She’ll address the importance of crafting strong representations of more than just men, and the importance of including minority voices in the historical record. ENG w/ THAI TRANS.

Though tickets to daytime events on the Neilson Hays Library Stage and British Club Stage are free, frist come first served, you book day passes for guaranteed seats here.

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Women's suffrage and economic empowerment: panel discussion
Nov.
29
5:00 pm17:00

Women's suffrage and economic empowerment: panel discussion

  • Pridham Hall UniSA City West Campus (map)
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The Women in Economics Network is hosting a panel discussion to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in South Australia.

Join panellists Annabel Crabb, Clare Wright and Senator Penny Wong, in conversation with Tory Shepherd, to explore women's suffrage and economic empowerment.

The event will celebrate our successes: women in South Australia not only won the right to vote, but the ability to stand for parliament, before their peers across Australia and the rest of the world. It will also acknowledge that we still have some way to go before our rights translate to equal representation, and what this means for our ability to participate in the decision-making that matters.

This event would not be possible without the grant provided by the Office for Women; the kind support of our sponsors, the University of South Australia, the Women in Economics Network, the Economic Society of Australia; and the contributions of our speakers and community.

Please arrive at 5.00 pm for a 5.15 pm start, and bring a paper or electronic copy of your ticket. We will be serving refreshments and a grazing table following the conclusion of the panel discussion.

There are a limited number of complimentary tickets available for secondary school students and people who are unwaged. Please email wen@esasa.org.au to enquire.

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Feminist Writers Festival - Feminism and Democracy Then and Now
Nov.
30
1:30 pm13:30

Feminist Writers Festival - Feminism and Democracy Then and Now

  • State Library of South Australia (map)
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Clare Wright, Denise George, Manal Younus, Rosemary Wanganeen and others discuss 125 years of female suffrage, democracy and feminism.

December 2019 marks the 125th anniversary of the landmark legislation that enabled women in South Australia to vote in general elections, and to stand as members of Parliament.

Join us to commemorate this achievement and discuss what democracy and feminism mean today, with two panels of inspiring women.

This year, SA celebrates women’s right to vote and stand for parliament: 125 years ago. Clare Wright and Denise George explore how it all happened. Denise tells the story of SA’s world-leading achievement in her biography of leading Adelaide suffragist, Mary Lee, and Clare’s You Daughters of Freedom charts its spread to the rest of Australia, and Australia’s role in the international push.

Panelists: Denise George and Clare Wright, in conversation with Nikki Sullivan.

A second panel, Who Our Foremothers Forgot, will follow.

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BROADSIDE - Things My Mother Never Told Me
Nov.
9
7:30 pm19:30

BROADSIDE - Things My Mother Never Told Me

Let’s hear it for mothers: the ones we choose, the ones who chose us, those who birthed us, mothers-in-law, step-mothers, foster mothers. There for us, before us, showing the way. But sometimes we learn as much from the absences and silences as we do from the considered advice and life lessons. All the guidance and care, rants and  sympathetic sit–downs in the world can still leave us unprepared for what life throws at us.

In a powerful evening of readings and performances, reflections and song, our all-star gala line-up will fill empty spaces in their own pasts with the conversations they wish they had and the things they needed to hear. This airing of unspoken truths may be funny, complicated, angry, vulnerable, messy, or tender. But they’ll all leave you vowing to speak up, over–share, and probably call somebody you love.

With Aretha Brown, Ariel Levy, Bhenji Ra, Clare Wright, Courtney Barnett, Curtis Sittenfeld, Fran Kelly, Maria Tumarkin, Mehreen Faruqi, Nayuka Gorrie, Nicole Lee, Patricia Cornelius and Raquel Willis.

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Clare Wright in Conversation with William Dalrymple: Corporate Violence and the East India Company
Oct.
30
6:00 pm18:00

Clare Wright in Conversation with William Dalrymple: Corporate Violence and the East India Company

Historian William Dalrymple ­­believes the stunning greed and violence of the militarised East India Company is ‘history’s most terrifying warning’ about unregulated corporate power, and the insidious means by which shareholders exert dangerous influence on the state.

Dalrymple – co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, and bestselling author of books including The Last MughalCity of Djinns and Nine Lives – examines the corporation’s ruinous legacy in his latest work, The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company 1739–1803.

The Anarchy describes an aggressive colonial power operating under the guise of a multinational company, using a ruthless 200,000-strong private army to extort, plunder and dominate vast swathes of Central, South and Southeast Asia – answerable only to its distant investors. At a time when global media corporations and tech giants wield growing and increasingly pervasive power and influence, the story is a timely cautionary tale. 

Join William Dalrymple in conversation with author Clare Wright as they discuss the long reach and devastating legacy of the East India Company.

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The Fifth Estate - Past Imperfect: Writing Australian History
Oct.
29
6:15 pm18:15

The Fifth Estate - Past Imperfect: Writing Australian History

For this Fifth Estate discussion, Sally Warhaft brings together two prominent historians for a conversation about their careers, and how they have each navigated the changing tropes and traditions of Australian history writing. What role do contemporary historians play in shaping the way all Australians remember – and reckon with – the past?

Geoffrey Blainey is the author of more than 40 books, including The Rush That Never EndedThe Story of Australia’s People, and, perhaps most famously, The Tyranny of Distance, which has been in print since 1966. Clare Wright is an eminent academic and broadcaster and the Stella Prize-winning author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka and You Daughters of Freedom. Both writers have brought their research to large and enthralled readerships.

How does writing about the past shape the possibilities of the future? On Tuesday 29 October, Blainey and Wright join us to discuss their approaches to writing Australian history: warts, beauty spots and blind spots.

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Rebels and Trailblazers, Clare Wright talks to Alana Johnson
Oct.
28
6:00 pm18:00

Rebels and Trailblazers, Clare Wright talks to Alana Johnson

They were energetic and committed, and outraged by the tyranny of a system that excluded them from politics and power. What kind of women were the suffragettes? How did their own lives play out against this monumental achievement of wining the vote in 1902 for white women. Clare Wright, in conversation with Alana Johnson, talks about her latest book You Daughters of Freedom telling the story of that victory and of Australia’s role in the subsequent international struggle, bringing to life a time when Australian democracy was the envy of the world and the standard bearer for the progress in a shining new century.

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La Trobe University presents: NextFest Launch
Oct.
24
6:00 pm18:00

La Trobe University presents: NextFest Launch

  • Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria Conference Centre (map)
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Join John Brumby, Benjamin Law and Dr Clare Wright as they kick off NextFest with a thought-provoking discussion on the future of humanity

Humanity is at a critical juncture.

Social and political norms are rapidly eroding, with trust in institutions at record lows. Automation and technological change are disrupting entire industries and the way we work. Shifting attitudes toward gender and race are unsettling many while also offering radical hope for genuine social transformation.

We’re in the thick of a worsening climate emergency, a period of mass extinction, and grappling with the potential fall-out of growing great power rivalries. Old certainties are unravelling, and the future seems increasingly unpredictable.

In a discussion facilitated by La Trobe University’s Clare Wright, Benjamin Law will delve into these issues to launch NextFest 2019.

This event will be officially opened by the Honourable John Brumby AO, Chancellor of La Trobe University.

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London: Menzies Book Launch: You Daughters of Freedom
Sep.
18
6:30 pm18:30

London: Menzies Book Launch: You Daughters of Freedom

  • Kings College London Bush House (map)
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The Menzies Australia Institute presents an evening with celebrated historian Dr Clare Wright in conversation about her landmark new work, You Daughters of Freedom.

Wright explores the challenges and victories of the women’s suffrage movement through the eyes of five remarkable players. Her book demonstrates the role that Australian women played in leading the global women’s suffrage movement, particularly in Britain.

In the tradition of Bettany Hughes and Lucy Worsley, Clare Wright’s engaging and best-selling historical journeys have won great acclaim and wide audiences, through both her books and broadcasting.

This is a rare and timely opportunity to hear a charismatic author discuss a captivating period in world history and the movement for women’s liberation.

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Future Female: History to Now with Clare Wright and Jamila Rizvi
Sep.
13
11:00 am11:00

Future Female: History to Now with Clare Wright and Jamila Rizvi

Since the first Women’s Day in 1909, waves of feminism have earned us anti-discrimination laws and the right to vote in most countries. We’ve seen the role of women in Asia evolve, and in recent times, the #MeToo movement has shed light on the unfair treatment endured by women in all industries. Right now, universities are focussed on getting the campus experience right, taking responsibility for their role in modelling gender equality in our learning communities. Let’s walk down the historical path and see how far we have come – if we know the barriers we can look ahead to create a bright future.

Join Clare Wright and Jamila Rizvi in conversation, moderated by Belle Lim.

Time of event may vary slightly.

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Fact/Fiction Conversation: Claire G. Coleman & Clare Wright
Sep.
12
7:00 pm19:00

Fact/Fiction Conversation: Claire G. Coleman & Clare Wright

These two authors take Australia’s past and actual lived experiences to create two different responses. Award-winning and bestselling author Claire G. Coleman created Terra Nullius (and the soon‐to‐be‐ released The Old Lie) to explore colonisation and displacement and re‐examine the impact of Australia’s past through a dystopic‐ fictional lens.

In writing the democracy‐trilogy, award-winning author and historian Clare Wright brings the overlooked struggles of women throughout Australia’s history and gives their stories an urgency for today’s political climate by creating The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka and You Daughters of Freedom.

What compels these authors to write about these experiences and how do they approach these topics?

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Brisbane Writers Festival: Speaking Truth to Power
Sep.
7
4:00 pm16:00

Brisbane Writers Festival: Speaking Truth to Power

  • Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland (map)
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While activism is experiencing a major revival, there are many who have been speaking truth to power for decades. Meet veteran campaigners for change (Antony Loewenstein, Gillian Triggs, Dr. Patrice Newell) who will discuss what is takes to sustain momentum for change over a lifetime. Moderated by Clare Wright.

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Melbourne Writers Festival: The Road to the Ballot Box
Sep.
6
5:30 pm17:30

Melbourne Writers Festival: The Road to the Ballot Box

Australia’s lauded reputation with regards to women’s voting rights belies the disenfranchisement many have faced on the basis of class and race. Activist Tarneen Onus Williams, former Greens MP Lidia Thorpe and historian Clare Wright discuss the bumpy road to the ballot box. With Amy Gray.

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NGV: Film Screening & Talk: Suffragette (2015, M, 106 Mins)
Sep.
1
2:00 pm14:00

NGV: Film Screening & Talk: Suffragette (2015, M, 106 Mins)

  • NGV International, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level (map)
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See the women’s suffrage movement brought to life with a screening of Suffragette (2015), inspired by the current display of material from the British Suffragette Movement drawn from the Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and the Campbell-Pretty Family Suffrage Research Collection.

Includes a post-screening talk on the Australian women’s suffrage movement by historian Clare Wright.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter, Suffragette (2015) tells the story of the women’s suffrage movement in the UK.

The screening marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and enacted on 3 September 1979.

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Canberra Writers Festival: On Patriotism with Clare Wright and Paul Daley
Aug.
25
1:30 pm13:30

Canberra Writers Festival: On Patriotism with Clare Wright and Paul Daley

  • Senate Chamber, Museum of Australian Democracy (map)
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Australia is endowed with the world’s oldest continuing surviving culture in the world, and yet militarisation defines us. Sixty thousand years of rich, ancient Aboriginal tradition, culture and civilisation is disregarded for the contrived myths of 1788 and Anzac. Why does commemorating the centenary of World War I dominate our sense of patriotism? What does it really mean to love and serve your country? Historian, author and broadcaster Clare Wright and Walkley Award winning journalist and author of On Patriotism Paul Daley, discuss Australia’s national identity through militarisation. What does it really mean to love your country?

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Canberra Writers Festival: You Daughters of Freedom
Aug.
24
1:30 pm13:30

Canberra Writers Festival: You Daughters of Freedom

  • Senate Chamber, Museum of Australian Democracy (map)
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Join author Clare Wright as she delves into the inspirational stories of five women whose feminist consciousness was forged in the remarkably successful suffrage campaigns of late-19th-century Australia. You Daughters of Freedom is crammed full with stories of bravery and energy, of Australia and its trailblazing democracy, and details the intense battles that led to women being given the vote, just over a century ago. Also on the panel is Anne Tiernan, Dean (Engagement) for the Griffith Business School, Griffith University. Anne is a political scientist, respected for her independent, professional and research-informed analysis and commentary on national politics, public administration and public policy. In conversation with Daryl Karp, Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy.

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Bendigo Writers Festival: Rebels and Trailblazers
Aug.
10
1:15 pm13:15

Bendigo Writers Festival: Rebels and Trailblazers

Billy Griffiths talks to Clare Wright about her “Daughters of Freedom” and what their role in history means for the Australian nation.

They were energetic and committed, and outraged by the tyranny of a system that excluded them from politics and power. Some were half-loafers, willing to settle for the vote for women with property. The full-loafers demanded universal adult suffrage. What kind of women were these battlers? How did their own lives play out against this monumental achievement of winning the vote?

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Bendigo Writers Festival: Democracy
Aug.
9
6:30 pm18:30

Bendigo Writers Festival: Democracy

Nevo Zisin hosts Jennifer Clement, Richard Cooke, AC Grayling and Clare Wright, for a discussion about people and power.

Rule by the people has not yet actually meant what it says, and despite the hand-on-heart nationalism that claims democracy as the best of all possible systems, history has shown that "people" means different things, according to who is eyeing off the power. Is it still the best possible system? What is threatening it? Who, now, are "the people" and who best represents them?

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Fitzroy Football Club Literary Lunch
Jul.
27
11:30 am11:30

Fitzroy Football Club Literary Lunch

  • Community Rooms at Brunswick St Oval (map)
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FFC footy mum, historian and award-winning author, Dr Clare Wright, will host “The Football Solution” and she has put together a panel of three of Melbourne’s most distinguished thinkers and writers to discuss the sex, politics and religion of Aussie Rules.

Join Clare, George Megalogenis, Christos Tsiolkas, and Dr Chris McConville.

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Willy Lit Fest: Unchartered Territory and Dangerous Waters
Jun.
15
1:00 pm13:00

Willy Lit Fest: Unchartered Territory and Dangerous Waters

Gather round an open fire in the Pirate’s Tavern, in the heart of Williamstown’s historic docks. Lose yourself to history, as Preservation author, Jock Serong, and Fled author, Meg Keneally travel broiling seas and hostile countryside. Two titles to re-imagine history, bending the line, full immersion. With award-winning historian and author, Clare Wright rediscover your country.

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Willy Lit Fest: You Daughters of Freedom
Jun.
15
10:00 am10:00

Willy Lit Fest: You Daughters of Freedom

Clare Wright in conversation with Tim Watts. What will a son of the west make of these Daughters of Freedom?

Elected member for Gellibrand and author of “Two Futures, Australia at a Critical Moment” Tim Watts, locks horns with award winning historian and author Clare Wright to discuss and discover if the lessons of the past improve the rights of the future for all Australians.

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History and The Hill Conference: Panel Discussion on "Academic Expertise and Fake News"
Jun.
14
9:00 am09:00

History and The Hill Conference: Panel Discussion on "Academic Expertise and Fake News"

Associate Professor Clare Wright (La Trobe), Katharine Murphy from The Guardian, and Misha Ketchel from The Conversation will discuss the role of academic expertise in the media. The panel will be chaired by Professor Matthew Ricketson from Deakin University.

The second annual Australian Policy and History ‘History and the Hill’ Conference is designed for both policy practitioners and historians. In a series of historical case studies, the conference will disseminate expert knowledge about the historical background to pressing issues of public policy. Practical workshops with leading public servants, journalists, historians, writers and commentators will equip historians with skills to communicate their expertise to the policy community.

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Feminism, yes. But what kind of feminism? And what has yet to be achieved.
Jun.
11
6:30 pm18:30

Feminism, yes. But what kind of feminism? And what has yet to be achieved.

Clare Wright moderates a discussion with Clementine Ford (feminist author and public speaker), Teela Reid (Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, lawyer and human rights advocate), and Petra Bueskens (Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, the founder and principal psychotherapist at PPMDTherapy, and occasional op-ed writer).

The feminist movement has fundamentally re-fashioned our world. As the #MeToo movement and the backlash against it continues, it is timely to think about what kind of feminism we need. There are different voices within feminism, and different answers to the question of what still must be done to deepen and complete the feminist revolution.

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Freedom to Vote, Freedom to Choose Clare Wright & Elizabeth Kleinhenz with Sally Warhaft at Woodend Community Centre
Jun.
10
10:00 am10:00

Freedom to Vote, Freedom to Choose Clare Wright & Elizabeth Kleinhenz with Sally Warhaft at Woodend Community Centre

A part of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, join Clare Wright (The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, You Daughters of Freedom and Elizabeth Kleinhenz (A Brimming Cup: The life of Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer) in conversation with Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer Sally Warhaft (host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate).

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Queenscliffe Literary Festival: You Daughters of Freedom
May
25
3:30 pm15:30

Queenscliffe Literary Festival: You Daughters of Freedom

Clare Wright interviewed by award-winning novelist Jock Serong at the Queenscliffe Literary Festival. The two will discuss Clare Wright’s epic new history, You Daughters of Freedom, which tells the story of Australia’s suffrage campaigners who became trailblazers across the world.

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"Suffragettes, Referenda and Sausages: The History of Democracy in Australia" at Sydney Writers Festival
May
2
4:30 pm16:30

"Suffragettes, Referenda and Sausages: The History of Democracy in Australia" at Sydney Writers Festival

The ABC’s Annabel Crabb talks with celebrated historian Judith Brett and Stella Prize–winning author and historian Clare Wright about Australia’s democratic history and how compulsory voting affects our politics. They touch on our trailblazing history of suffrage and voting rights for white women, and the shameful delay in attendant rights for Indigenous people. Clare’s You Daughters of Freedom relates the largely untold struggles and victories of Australian suffragettes, while Judith’s From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage portrays the character of our democracy.

Events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks are closed-captioned. 

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