Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, a former Wallaby, and Australia's biggest-selling non-fiction author of the past decade.

Peter will be taking part in the following events:

Why Gallipoli? The Cult of Anzac Today
Saturday, May 24 2014
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Event type: Panel

Why do Australians celebrate Gallipoli when World War I was largely fought and won on the Western Front? Why does a narrative that inspired Australians a hundred years ago continue to dominate national memory today? What does ‘Anzac’ mean now? Is it relevant to multicultural Australia in the 21st Century? Is the myth of Gallipoli positive or negative, especially for today’s soldiers?

Appearing with: James Brown, Joan Beaumont, Mike Carlton (facilitator)

Free, no bookings.
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The Art of Indignation
Saturday, May 24 2014
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Event type: Panel

Taking and giving offence is a new form of political currency, at times whipping up indignation in place of rational debate. When being offended ends rather than starts an argument, what are the repercussions for public discourse? Hear Michael Leunig, whose playful provocations help “counter the silence of conservatism”, Richard King (On Offence) on the importance of argument in a civil society, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson on why offence is necessary to move society forward and Neil James on how rediscovering rhetoric can help us distinguish between insult and argument. They speak to Peter FitzSimons (chair).

Appearing with: Richard King, Neil James, Michael Leunig, Tim Wilson

Ticketed: $20/$14
Bookings here
or call 9250 1988

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Seductive Villains
Sunday, May 25 2014
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Event type: Panel

What is it that makes villains so attractive to write? Is it that the gloves can come off and you can have your evildoers cross boundaries a hero never would? Is it our fascination with the dark underside of humanity that draws us in? Is it that we want to save villains from themselves? Peter FitzSimons, Lenny Bartulin and Lucy Hughes-Hallet discuss with literary editor of The Australian Stephen Romei why villains are so much fun to write, in fiction and biography.

Peter FitzSimons (facilitator)

Appearing with: Lenny Bartulin, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Stephen Romei (facilitator)

Free, no bookings

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