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Brisbane Writers Festival | 5 Talks Not To Miss

By Sophia McMeekin - 29 Aug 2013

It's no secret that, here at The Urban List, we like to get our bookworm on. Consequently, the line up at the Brisbane Writers Festival tends to cause quite the panic, because we want to see and hear everything (which, sadly, is quite a stretch, logistically). Luckily, for the indecisive and anxiety-stricken book lovers among us, BWF's Festival Director, Kate Eltham has kindly agreed to share her top 5 picks of the Festival.

1.  The Great Debate
We set ours before the election was called, but our topic couldn't be more fitting! Australia needs Leaders. Not Politicians. So ditch the boring election night TV and come along and be entertained by our two teams, including William McInnes, youth activist, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, comedienne, Julia Zemiro, Anita Heiss, former deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer and Ben McKenzie. For those that need to keep on top of the election tally we will have a special news desk run by Clementine Ford, with live updates!

(Saturday 7 September $30 to $40 in the Brisbane City Hall, Main Auditorium)

2.  Well Drawn 

Come down to the Edge at State Library on Sunday to celebrate and explore comics, graphic narrative, and illustration with our blistering line up of international and Australian guests including the incredible, Matt Fraction who has written for Iron Man, X-Man, Thor, and Fantastic Four.

(Sessions from $12 to $16)

3.  Inspire: Design

Inspire is a program full of remarkable speakers such as international designer, technologist and publisher James Bridle - all of whom will surprise and challenge you, make you think, feel and act but mostly as the name says... Inspire you!   

(Saturday 7 September, at The Edge. Tickets are $25 to $35)

4.  Good Thinking Public Lectures

Tim Fischer, former Deputy Prime Minister, reflects on life in the Vatican and faith in contemporary Australia while William McInnes, who has spent his career performing and creating memorable Australian characters, reflects on Australia's past, present, and future.  

(Sunday 7 September, State Library. Tickets are $20 to $25)

5.  Festival Club 

The Festival Club, which is free, will be humming in the evenings with music, literary cabaret, and good company. We're closing the festival with Glitter and Dust, a reading or performance by a bunch of artists on the program, taking the festival out with a bang. This session is host by Ben Law and is a guaranteed good time!

(On from Thursday to Sunday)

TUL Note: Kate is the founder of if:book Australia, a national think tank exploring digital futures for writers and readers, and has recently taken the reigns as BWF Director, after six years as CEO of Queensland Writers Centre. For more of what's on at this year's Brisbane Writers Festival, find the full program here.

Image Credit: Brisbane Writer's Festival

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