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Portrait of Deng Adut

I was taught to sing war songs. In place of the love of life, I was taught to love the death of others.

Deng Adut on life as a child soldier

Portrait of Masha Gessen

He needed an enemy, an Other ... LGBT people are really convenient: we're sort of the ultimate foreign agent.

Portrait of Matthew Reilly

One kind supportive word will obliterate one hundred critical words. 

Matthew Reilly on encouragement and creative ambition

Richard Flanagan: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan discusses his 2014 Man Booker Prize-winning book, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Forever Young: Children's Literature Today

What’s the state of literary criticism for children’s books? How is the business of children’s book publishing changing, at home and abroad? How do we keep feeding insatiable young bookworms and how do we create new reading converts? At this grown-up discussion about books for little people, we take a close-up look at children’s literature today, with some of the best in the business. Writer, broadcaster, lecturer and the Guardian’s children’s book editor, Julia Eccleshare, is joined by beloved kids’ author and Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs. Their host is Billie B Brown author, Sally Rippin.

Intelligence Squared: Freedom of Speech is Over-Rated

Too often, the big issues feel ill-served by parliamentary question time or the 24-hour news cycle. Big issues and bigger ideas deserve informed and passionate consideration. Beyond the soundbites, beyond the sloganeering, beyond the posturing, there’s the debate. In this debate, held at Melbourne Town Hall, our panellists argue for and against the proposition that ‘Freedom of Speech is Over-Rated’.

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