Dennis Altman in conversation with Neil Pharaoh: God Save The Queen and Unrequited Love-
August 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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.
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.