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Speak your Mind: Climate change

Wrap your head around new perspectives on climate change

Produced by the City of Sydney

Our climate change experts will shine a factual light on the contemporary climate debate. Alongside them, our speculative fiction writers conjure an imagined future of desolate landscapes and resource scarcity.


Daniel Findlay – Year of the Orphan
Historian and kids’ writer, Dan has edited leading youth magazines and is a freelance writer and photographer. His debut novel Year of the Orphan is set in the Australian outback in a post-apocalyptic future.

Harriet McKnight – Rain Birds
Harriet’s work has been shortlisted for the Overland VU and other prestigious short story prizes. She is currently Managing Editor of The Canary Press and Rain Birds is her debut novel.

Mark Butler – Climate Wars
Mark is Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy and National President of the ALP. He has also previously held the ministries of mental health, housing, homelessness, social inclusion, climate change and the environment.

Jane Rawson – The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change
Her first novel, A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, won the Small Press Network’s 2014 Most Underrated Book. Jane was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for her sci-fi novel, Formaldehyde.

Jim Chalmers
Jim is a Labor MP and Shadow Minister for Finance and previously was the chief of staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer. He has a PhD in political science and international relations and author of Glory Daze (2013).

This is a free event. Bookings recommended.

Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead

Unfortunately the gallery space at Newtown Library is accessible only by stairs. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Speak Your Mind is series of topical panels that feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering readers and writers diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is an opportunity to join in the conversation.



Tuesday 26 September 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm


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