How to change the mind of a climate sceptic-12:45PM – 1:15PM, Thursday 03 May 2012

Anna Rose is co-founder and Chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Her new book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic tells the tale of her extraordinary journey with Liberal Party powerbroker Nick Minchin, which was also documented by ABC TV in the special I Can Change Your Mind About Climate. In our first Lunchbox/Soapbox for Programme Two, Anna discusses the rise of climate denialism both in Australia and globally, why the Australian media doesn’t discuss climate change rationally, what motivates the denialist elite – and how to change people’s minds!

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Victoria 3000
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Voiceless: The Writing Prize

Australian writers are invited to give voice to the most vulnerable amongst us in a new writing prize established by Voiceless, the animal protection institute.

The Voiceless Writing Prize sponsored by Australian Ethical Investment is one of the most lucrative short story and non-fiction competitions in Australia, awarding a total prize pool of over $20,000.

The Prize is designed to advance public understanding of animal sentience, human – animal relationships and the ethical treatment of animals.

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Documentary Writing, Structure and Proposal Planning

February 11, 2012 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

While acknowledging the importance of observational documentary, this course is devoted to furthering the skills and craft of the narration based documentary. It will help you develop solid dynamic film structures and show you how to write winning proposals as well as excellent and entertaining integrated narration scripts.

The course will examine the structures and possibilities of working in and writing different forms of documentary, such as drama docs, bio-pics, and experimental docs. It will also look at the challenges of various kinds of documentaries from popular human interest stories, through to history and journalistic investigation documentaries.

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Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival

February 11, 2012 11:00 am to 2:00 pm 11:00 am to 2:00 pm


Prominent Indigenous writers and visual artists come together for a weekend of free public talks and performances as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival.

Melbourne’s own Yorta Yorta woman, Kylie Belling, hosts some of Australia’s most talented story tellers at this session.

This talk celebrates Indigenous writing and the legacy and tradition of David Unaipon, Kevin Gilbert and Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

Guest Writers: Larissa Behrendt (Eualeyai and Kamillaroi/NSW), Richard Frankland (Gunditjmara/VIC), Tony Briggs (Yorta Yorta/VIC), Tjimba Possum Burns (Yorta Yorta and Ynugu, Lavitja, Majuta/VIC and NT) and Patrick Mau (aka Maupower)(Kala Kawaya/Torres Strait).

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Location BMW Edge

Cnr Swanston and Flinders Streets Melbourne 3000

Beach coming soon to Brunswick

Artists Sonja Hornung and Richard Pettifer are bringing the beach to Brunswick to prepare the City of Moreland for the rising sea levels.  Expect the world’s longest ever game of Climate Change “Risk”, a mini-Ute Muster, a new model of democracy through improvised music, and more. Everyone is invited to stand with us on our sunny shore and contribute to the conversation.

Open during daylight hours

Sun Nov27th – Sun Dec 4th

Outside the Mechanics’ Institute

Cnr Glenlyon & Sydney Rds, Brunswick, Melbourne

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Icebreaking her way to Antarctic writing

UWS researcher and Doctor of Creative Arts candidate Jesse Blackadder has been awarded the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.

Blackadder, who is a candidate with the Writing & Society Group, left Hobart yesterday to travel to Antarctica on the Australian Antarctic Division icebreaker Aurora Australis. She will visit Australia’s Davis station before returning in early December.

Ms Blackadder has been writing for 20 years with a focus on the environment and sustainability. She has written two novels, The Raven’s Heart (Fourth Estate 2011) and After the Party (Hardie Grant, 2005).

Blackadder will research several projects during her time in Antartica, including a novel she is penning about Ingrid Christensen who was the first woman to see the continent in 1931.

The novel will provide a glimpse into what it was like for a woman in the 1930s on a male dominated whaling ship and will also sketch out the devastation of the whale populations in the Southern Ocean at the time.

“Visiting Antarctica as part of the Antarctic Division’s working team of scientists and support staff is a unique opportunity and I’m thrilled to have been chosen.”

She is keeping a blog of her voyage at