Opening Night: The Challenge of Freedom

Theatre Royal 14 September, 2017 19:45 - 21:00

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Prof. A.C. Grayling
Jeff Malpas
Heather Rose
Nala Mansell

This year the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival is excited to announce the inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award which will take place after pulingina-tu milaythina (Welcome to Country) by Nala Mansell and prior to AC Grayling’s opening address.

Professor A.C. Grayling’s latest book Democracy and its Crisis reflects on contemporary international issues and the struggle for a free world. A.C. sets the tone for the festival themes, urging us to engage with other worlds. He asserts the quality of life on this planet depends on our ability to be courageous and to stay involved. It is when our institutions become closed and fearful that we are in peril.

“The great story of human history is of a very, very wobbly-wheeled cart that we’re trundling up a hill and there’s always the risk that it’s going to tip over as it did with Trump and Brexit…. The price of anything worthwhile is vigilance and endeavour… You can’t turn your back on the process, you can’t not be involved in society, you can’t not keep arguing with your politicians and keep fighting for human rights and keep being involved. If you stop, you become lazy and that cart will begin to wobble and fall off the hill” AC Grayling, Sydney Morning Herald May 2017.

Part oration, part conversation and part audience exchange, enjoy an evening with this extraordinary philosopher and humanist, who will be joined by Heather Rose and Distinguished Professor Jeff Malpas as we open the festival and begin to explore Other Worlds in Words.

Prof. A. C. Grayling is an eminent philosopher and author whose works include The Challenge of Things, The God Argument, The Good Book, and his most recent release, The Age Of Genius. He has written and edited more than 30 books, and in 2017 was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Services to Philosophy.

Jeff Malpas is Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania and Visiting Distinguished Professor at Latrobe University. He is the founder and first Director of the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Applied Philosophy and Ethics (now the Inglis Clark Centre), and has written 20 books and more than 100 scholarly articles.

Heather Rose is an award-winning Australian author who has written seven novels for adults and children. Her latest novel, The Museum of Modern Love (2016), is inspired by the life and work of the artist Marina Abramovic, and was awarded the 2017 Stella Prize and the 2017 Christina Stead Prize.

Nala Mansell is a proud pakana, Palawa Woman who has dedicated a life time to enhancing the rights, culture and betterment of Aboriginal people in Tasmania. She has represented her community through various local, national and international leadership programs and forums.


$30.00 General  |  $25 Member / Concession / Student