An excerpt from my latest column for the International New York Times on the debate about Indigenous rights in Australia. It was published under the headline ‘The New Voice for Indigenous Australia‘: The debate about Indigenous peoples seems – at least to me, an outsider – to take place on only two registers: on one hand, silence; on the other, a romanticization of indigenous life. It may seem odd to speak of silence in a nation where the issue of […]
Yes, I know, I’ve only just returned from Australia. But I am back in October to talk at the Festival of Questions at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and at Griffith University’s Integrity 20 conference in Brisbane. The details: . The Festival of Questions Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 15 October 14.30 What is Right? What is Left? The times, they are … confusing. Trump and Brexit have shaken up traditional definitions of ‘left’ and ‘right’ in politics. […]
Nothing quite prepares you for your first sight of Uluru. Amid the vastness of the arid landscape of Australia’s red centre, fringed by ill-shapen hills and mountain ranges, there is something wondrous and almost magical about this monumental slab of sandstone, most of which actually lies beneath the ground. The monolith was created more than 500 million years ago, and is a remnant of a vast mountain range formed during the creation of the Australian continent. Much of the surrounding […]
Off Byron Bay, where I was speaking last week at the Writers Festival, lies a headland which forms the most easterly point of Australia. The point over which dawn first breaks. There is inevitably something clichéd about images of sunrise. But there was also something dramatic about first light over Byron Bay, a light very painterly in its composition and palette. So, a few images from the break of day over Australia.
This is an update on the talks I am giving in Australia over the next couple of weeks: . 4-6 August Byron Writers Festival Byron Bay New South Wales I am speaking in three sessions: Friday 4 August, 11am-12pm In conversation with Laura Kroetsch about the themes of my books From Fatwa to Jihad and The Quest for a Moral Compass. Friday, 4 August, 3-4pm ‘Living Ethically’ a discussion with Rebeccca Huntley, Emrys Westacott and Anthony Funnell Saturday 5 August, 2.45 […]
I will be giving a series of talks in Australia later this year – not once, but on two different trips, first in August, and then in October. In August, I am speaking at the Byron Writers Festival, before giving two talks in Sydney, and then at the Bendigo Writers Festival, In October I will be speaking at Integrity 20 in Brisbane. The details: . Byron Bay 4-6 August Byron Writers Festival Byron Bay New South Wales I am speaking […]
This is a short shout-out to event organizers and others in Australia. I am coming in August to speak at the Bendigo Writers Festival. The exact details are still being sorted out, but I am very much looking forward to it. I am happy to speak at other events or venues, too. So, if you are interested in organising an event or talk, do get in touch.