Dennis Altman in conversation with Neil Pharaoh: God Save The Queen and Unrequited Love-

September 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Renowned author and activist, Dennis Altman talks with Neil Pharoah. Celebrating the publication of his new book, God Save The Queen: The Strange Persistence of Monarchies and his recent memoir, Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist, this conversation will explore sexual politics, our obsession with the United States and our equally strange obsession with royalty.

To follow this talk, the bar will be open so join us to toast to the opening of our writers’ festival! Aperitif from our sponsors, Passing Clouds wine and Hepburn Distillery Gin.

Dennis Altman 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 in 1972. Often compared to Germaine Greer’s Female Eunuch and Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation, Altman’s work was the first serious analysis to emerge from the gay liberation movement. He has since written thirteen books, exploring sexuality, politics and their inter-relationship. 

Altman is Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at LaTrobe University and was named by the Bulletin magazine as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever. 

Neil Pharaoh:

Born in Australia to kiwi Dad and Italian Mum, Neil grew up in the cut and thrust of politics in Canberra. A twice political candidate and former Chair of Rainbow Labor, Neil has been an advocate and  campaigner for many years. In between co-owning a consulting firm Tanck, working as Head of corporate Affairs for one of Australias largest business-for-purpose organisations and sitting on a number of boards, you will find him reading book, gardening and playing with his dogs on his property near Kyneton. 

A keen campaigner across a number of issues – including child welfare, social advocacy, community groups, philanthropy, education, healthcare, medical research, law, and information technology. Neil has lived in Melbourne, Sydney and New York and shares Dennis’ love for the US, politics and is a supporter of an Australian Republic (although his mind changed slightly after reading God Save the Queen).


Price: $25 general / $20 Concession

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only releasing 50% of tickets now.

If those restrictions are lifted, we will release the remaining tickets 2 weeks before the festival.

So please don’t wait! If you want to attend, please book early. Thank you!



Town Hall
74 Vincent St Daylesford,
Victoria 3460 Australia


Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held in August each year in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts.