Fake news, fake selves, fake living, authenticity, imposter syndrome. As a society we are obsessed with what is real and what is artifice. Stories have the ability to be an antidote, transcending these categories, but they might also lead us further into a fog of illusions.

Featuring eight fabulous Australian and international guests performing original commissioned pieces, led by the inimitable Ginger Gorman steering us through this haze.
Come along for a ride through the realms of reality and imagination.

Supported by our media partner, The Australian Jewish News
Tuesday 8th June 2021
7.30 pm  AEST
Streaming on YouTube — bookings required
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Ginger Gorman is a fearless and multi award-winning social justice journalist. Her bestselling book, Troll Hunting, was published in 2019. Since then, she’s been in demand both nationally and globally as an expert on cyberhate and the real-life harm predator trolling can do. Her freelance work is published in print and online, for The Guardian, The Age and the ABC’s Drum website. Ginger hosts the podcast “Seriously Social” for the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. 
Elise Hearst is a Melbourne-based writer and playwright. She trained in London at the Royal Court Theatre and her plays include Bright World (2016 Theatreworks) co-written with Andrea James, The Sea Project (2012 Griffin Theatre) and The Mesh (2014 Red Stitch), which was shortlisted for the Griffin Award. She is currently working on a play commission for Melbourne Theatre Company, called A Very Jewish Christmas Carol, as well as writing her first novel.

Professor Dennis Altman AM is the son of Jewish refugees and a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation (1971). In 2006, The Bulletin listed Dennis as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever, and he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008. He is a Professorial Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University and has published thirteen books, including (with Jon Symons) Queer Wars (2016), and most recently Unrequited Love (2019).

Deborah Conway AM has been a musician for 40 years, played countless live shows, written many songs, and has produced records, shows, tours and festivals. She has collected ARIAs, was made a National Living Legend in 2019, and this year was made a Member of the Order of Australia. Conway met Willy Zygier in 1991 and together they have released 10 albums and produced four iterations of the national concert series, ‘Broad'. In 2014 they established The Melbourne Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival, presiding over the 2015 and 2017 festivals.

Sam Duckor-Jones (NZ) is a writer and artist from Wellington. He uses poetry and sculpture to examine queerness, intimacy, creation and community. His first poetry collection was People From The Pit Stand Up (2018) and his second collection, Party Legend will be published in June 2021.

Andrea Goldsmith is a well-known Australian novelist. Her novels include The Prosperous Thief, (short-listed for the 2003 Miles Franklin award), and The Memory Trap, awarded the 2015 Melbourne Prize. Her eighth novel, Invented Lives (2019), is a story of identity and exile. Invented Lives was published to great acclaim and has recently been released in the USA and Europe. 
Josh Cohen (UK) is a psychoanalyst in private practice, and Professor of Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. He is the author of numerous books which include his most recent pubication Not Working: Why We Have to Stop (2019), The Private Life (2013) and How to Read Freud (2005).  Josh has written articles on modern literature, psychoanalysis and cultural theory for The GuardianNew StatesmanFinancial Times and appears regularly on BBC Radio. His new book Losers will be published later in 2021.
Gigi Fenster (NZ) has a Masters and PhD in Creative Writing and various law degrees. Her first publication, The Intentions Book, was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards, was longlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second book, Feverish was published in 2018 to critical acclaim. Her novel, A Good Winter was awarded the 2020 Gifkins Prize and will be published in Australia by Text in September 2021. She teaches creative writing and law.


New populism and old hatreds 
World-renowned historian Simon Schama, a high-profile contributor to the new issue of The Jewish Quarterly, and editor Jonathan Pearlman explored why the stoking of ancient hatreds is so potent right now.
The Jewish Quarterly print edition Issue 244 is being delivered now. Have you subscribed yet? 

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