Forget Reading, You Should Watch More TV!

17 Nov 2018

Spend a day reading a good novel and you’re an intellectual – spend it watching TV and you’re a slob. Or is the opposite now true? In the midst of a television renaissance, has reading become passé? Are we better off curling up with an iPad rather than a paperback? Television and novels are two of the most popular forms of storytelling today.

Join our moderator Kari Gislason and writers Trent Dalton, Kris Olsson, Susan Johnson, Stephen M Irwin, Melanie Saward and Christopher Przewloka as they take the stage to irreverently debate the merits of reading versus the merits of TV.

*This event is at full capacity

Trent Dalton writes for The Weekend Australian Magazine. He’s a two-time Walkley Award winner; three-time Kennedy Award winner for excellence in NSW journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards Features Journalist of the Year. In 2011, he was named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the Clarion Awards for excellence in Queensland journalism. His debut literary fiction novel, Boy Swallows Universe, was published by Harper Collins in 2018.
Stephen is a screenwriter and novelist. Stephen was creator and writer of Australian crime drama series Secrets & Lies, made originally for Network Ten and remade in the USA. He wrote feature Australia Day, miniseries Wake in Fright, and is co-creator and head writer of crime drama Harrow, starring Ioan Gruffudd.
Kristina Olsson is a writer of literary fiction and non-fiction. Her work includes the novel The China Garden, which won the Barbara Jefferis Award, and the memoir Boy, Lost, which won multiple national awards. The legendary literary imprint, Scribner, has chosen her new novel, Shell, as its first Scribner Australia title. Kristina is also a journalist and teacher of creative writing. She lives in Brisbane.
Susan Johnson was shortlisted for the 1991 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for her novel Flying Lessons (Heinemann 1990), shortlisted for the 1994 National Book Council's Banjo Award for the novel A Big Life (Pan Macmillan 1993) and shortlisted for the National Biography Award 2000 for her memoir A Better Woman (Random House 1999).
Christopher Przewloka is a writer, teacher, and academic currently living in Brisbane, Australia. His work often focuses on politics, crime, and corruption, and has appeared in publications such as The Review of Australian Fiction and The Australian.
Melanie Saward is a writer, editor, tutor, and a proud descendant of the Wakka Wakka and Bigambul peoples. She’s completing her MFA and has worked in and studied the writing industry since 2007. Recently, Mel’s work was shortlisted for the QLA’s David Unaipon Award and the Copyright agency’s First Nations Fellowship.
Associate Professor Kári Gíslason is a writer and academic who lectures in Creative Writing at QUT. His most recent book, co-authored with Richard Fidler, is Saga Land: The Island of Stories at the Edge of the World.
Event Details
  • Date(s)
    17 Nov 2018
  • Time
    1:30pm - 3pm
  • Venue
    Studio 120, Level 1, Building Z9
  • Location
    Z9 Block, Kelvin Grove Rd & Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane