‘If there is any such person in Britain as The Thinking Man, it is A.C. Grayling.’ – The Times

Is democracy in crisis? Are we taking our social, political, cultural, and religious freedoms for granted? Can we trust that our fundamental human rights and liberties will continue to be protected by the democratic processes we have come to rely upon? And if democracy is failing us, what can we do about it?

In a world that has seen the rise of Trump and Brexit, the challenge of freedom in our world is a challenge that we all face.

The 2017 TASMANIAN WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL opening night address by Professor A.C. Grayling is a do-not-miss event for anyone interested in freedom, democracy, and the shifting political and social climate of our world.

A.C Grayling’s latest book, Democracy and its Crisis, asks why the institutions of representative democracy in our world seem unable to sustain themselves against the forces they were designed to manage – and why this matters to all of us.

Part oration, part conversation and part audience exchange—this special opening night event at Hobart’s Theatre Royal is an extraordinary opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest thinkers and philosophers address one of the most important and urgent issues of our time.

The evening kicks off with a pulingina-tu milaythina (Welcome to Country) by Nala Mansell followed by the anticipated presentation of the inaugural Emerging Tasmanian Aboriginal Writers Award.

Professor A.C. Grayling, Distinguished Professor Jeff Malpas and award-winning Tasmanian writer Heather Rose will then investigate the challenges facing democracy in the 21st Century – and what we can do about it.

Thursday 14th September, 7.45pm Theatre Royal Hobart
Tickets: $30.00 General $25.00 Member / Concession / Student
To book your place at this unmissable event, visit The Challenge of Freedom. Bookings also available through the Theatre Royal over the phone and in person.