1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Newcastle NUspace X301
Cnr Hunter & Auckland St
Newcastle NSW 2300
Shards of the Suburbs
Bronwyn Rennex’s Life With Birds and Beth Spencer’s The Age of Fibs disrupt linear narration in favour of the fleeting and fragmentary. The child of a Vietnam veteran, Bronwyn pieces together her teenage life in North Ryde, revisiting family disavowals with adult sensitivity. Beth also evokes suburban pasts in a series of microfictions and memoir, debunking myths sold to girls and women in the 1970s, exemplified by Fibs bras.
They’ll speak to Jodi Vial about evoking the past and reimagining the memoir form.
Free lunchtime performance by Nerds & Music
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The Son Also Rises: Paddy Manning on Lachlan Murdoch
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Tyranny Up Close: Andrew Quilty in Conversation
When the Taliban arrived at the gates of Kabul in August 2021, Andrew Quilty had been living and working there for eight years. He was one of only a handful...View Event