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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Herstory: Sydney Writers Festival Student Session
May
1
10:00 am10:00

Herstory: Sydney Writers Festival Student Session

Breaking open Australia’s foundation myths, Clare Wright’s research offers a timely corrective to exclusively male-told accounts of key historical moments. Author of the Stella Prize-winning The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka and You Daughters of Freedom, Clare has worked as an academic, political speechwriter, historical consultant, and radio and television broadcaster. In conversation with historian Anna Clark, Clare shares her passion for uncovering stories within historical silence, gives a fresh perspective on primary sources and explains how she goes about filling the gaps in the national narrative.

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Clare Wright and Moonee Valley Libraries
Apr.
29
7:00 pm19:00

Clare Wright and Moonee Valley Libraries

Clare Wright’s new book describes the role campaigners like Vida Goldstein, Nellie Martel, Dora Montefiore, Muriel Matters and artist Dora Meeson Coates played in gaining suffrage for Australian women. Clare will discuss her work in conversation with Jennie from Sam Merrifield Library.

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Neighbourhood Book Club: 'You Daughters of Freedom' with Clare Wright
Apr.
3
6:30 pm18:30

Neighbourhood Book Club: 'You Daughters of Freedom' with Clare Wright

Clare Wright hosts the April 3rd meeting of the Neighbourhood Book Club to discuss You Daughters of Freedom.

For local readers and writers, the Neighbourhood Book Club is a book club with a difference - each meeting will be hosted by a local author!

Come along for hearty conversation, good company and cheese and wine.

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NLA Author Talk with Clare Wright
Mar.
21
6:00 pm18:00

NLA Author Talk with Clare Wright

In conversation with Genevieve Jacobs, Wright will tell the story of that victory—and of Australia’s role in the subsequent international struggle through the eyes of five remarkable players: the redoubtable Vida Goldstein; the flamboyant Nellie Martel; the indomitable Dora Montefiore; the daring Muriel Matters, and the artist Dora Meeson Coates, who painted the controversial Australian banner carried in the British feminist activist marches of 1908 and 1911.

In association with Text Publishing Co. 

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Adelaide Festival- The Zeitgeist Series
Mar.
6
6:30 pm18:30

Adelaide Festival- The Zeitgeist Series

With the ubiquity of sexual harassment and gendered assault gaining a new prominence in the #MeToo era, women dared to hope that a new age was dawning. That perpetrators might be held accountable for the crimes they commit, the pain they cause and the careers or lives they destroy. But has anything really changed?

As a part of the Adelaide Festival’s Zeitgeist Series: Rage, Rape and Revolution, Clare Wright joins feminist thinkers Sohaila Abdulali, Soraya Chemaly, and Lucia Osborne-Crowley to discuss the resilience of patriarchy and the fiery debates within feminism on how best to bring it down.

Chair: Sisonke Msimang

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The Nib Presents - Clare Wright in conversation with Suzanne Leal
Feb.
19
6:30 pm18:30

The Nib Presents - Clare Wright in conversation with Suzanne Leal

Join 2014 Nib and Stella Prize winner Clare Wright in conversation with Suzanne Leal— author of novels The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street, a lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, and senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a former judge of ‘The Nib’ Award— on Wright’s epic new history tells the story of that victory—and of Australia’s role in the subsequent international struggle through the eyes of five remarkable players.

Free. Refreshments served.

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