Outspoken’s first event for the year will be a conversation with Anne Summers and introducing author Melissa Fagan
SUNDAY MARCH 3RD
A CONVERSATION WITH
MALENY COMMUNITY CENTRE
DOORS OPEN AT 4.45PM FOR THE EARLY START
TIME OF 5.30PM
TICKETS $20/$15 STUDENTS
Outspoken is very pleased to be opening our 2019 season with renowned author, journalist and political commentator Dr Anne Summers. Anne has been prominent in Australian media, politics and feminist activism for more than four decades. She is the author of eight books, including the remarkable Damn Whores and God’s Police, still in print forty-four years after it was first published.
Anne has had a remarkable career. She has been Editor of Good Weekend, written for the Australian Financial Review, Far Eastern Economic Review, Le Mondeand the National Times. She is currently a regular contributor to what was recently the Fairfax Press. She is the winner of a Walkley Award for journalism and, in the United States, where she lived from 1986-1992, she was Editor in Chief of MsMagazine. She was a political advisor to Prime Minister Paul Keating and ran the Office of the Status of Women in the Hawke Labor government. For six years she was chair of Greenpeace International.
Her other books include,Gamble for Power, Ducks on a Pondand the recently releasedUnfettered and Alive, a memoir, which she will be discussing with Steven Lang.
Melissa is the author of What Will be Worn, a McWhirter’s Story. For all who know Brisbane, McWhirters, a once celebrated department store in Fortitude Valley, is an icon. For Melissa Fagan it is also the starting point for a remarkable exploration of her mother and grandmother’s lives, a poignant reminder of the ways in which retail stores and fashion have connected women’s lives across the decades.
Behind the dusty shop counters of an Art Deco treasure, Melissa discovered both what had been lost and what continued to shine. Her book is, ultimately, a tender exploration of self and family, speaking of the ways in which life surprises us and of how the legacies of others can truly enrich our own relationships and lives.