We are delighted to be hosting our 9th Lighthouse Literary Fest long lunch with acclaimed historians and authors Judith Brett and Clare Wright. They will be in-conversation with ABC Radio National Michael Cathcart, who is himself a historian.
Date: Sunday October 7. Commencing 12 noon.
This is an intimate lunch and only hosts 60 patrons at Little Feast restaurant, Aireys Inlet.
Tickets are $95.00 p.p. and include one of the books under discussion.
Tickets can be purchased either over the phone or in person at Great Escape Books ph.52897052
More about our speakers…
Judith Brett is the award-winning author of Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People, emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University and one of Australia’s leading political thinkers. She contributes regularly to the Monthly and has written three Quarterly Essays.Judith Brett’s biography of Alfred Deakin, ‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ won the 2018 National Biography Award.
Dr Clare Wright is an award-winning historian and author who has worked as an academic, political speechwriter, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. Her most recent book, ‘The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka’, based on a decade of archival research into women’s role in the Eureka Stockade, won the 2014 Stella Prize and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, the NSW Premier’s History Awards, the WA Premier’s Literary Awards, the Victorian Community History Awards the Waverley NIB Awards and long-listed for a Walkley Award. ‘We Are the Rebels’, a Young Adult version of ‘The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka’, was published by Text in 2015 and has been shortlisted for the Australian Children’s Book Council Awards.
Her new book she will be discussing is ‘You Daughter’s of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World’.
Michael Cathcart joined ABC in 2000 as the presenter of Arts Today, later presenting the Famous Radio National Quiz, Rewind (for ABC TV), RN Bush Telegraph, and RN Books & Arts.
Michael studied English and History at the University of Melbourne, where he became deeply involved in theatre — a passion which has never left him. He has since worked as a theatre director, script editor and dramaturge. He has also taught courses in Australian culture and history at Deakin University and at the University of Melbourne, from where he has a doctorate.
He is the author of ‘Water Dreamers: The remarkable history of our dry continent’, and ‘Starvation in a Land of Plenty
Will’s Diary of the Fateful Burke and Wills Expedition’.