Outspoken in Maleny

THE challenges of arranging events during COVID-19 have not daunted the organisers of Outspoken Maleny, who have locked in their literary events for the next two months with exclusively Queensland authors.

Outspoken will present authors Ian Lowe and Luke Stegemann in conversation at the Maleny Community Centre on Tuesday, September 21 at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

Ian Lowe AO has been described as a “bona fide Australian treasure”. He is the author of ten books and innumerable articles, and is currently an emeritus professor of science, technology and society and a former head of science at Griffith University, former president of the Australian Conservation Society and the recipient of the Konrad Lorenz gold medal.

Ian will be in conversation with Steven Lang to discuss his new book Long Half-life, a timely and riveting account of the political, social and scientific complexities of the nuclear industry. Long Half-life tells the social and political history of Australia’s role from the first discovery of radioactive ores in 1906 to contemporary contentious questions. The book cleverly reveals the power of vested interests, the subjectivities of scientists and the transformative force of community passion.

Also in conversation will be award-winning Australian Hispanist Luke Stegemann, providing insight into his new book Amnesia Road – a compelling literary examination of historic violence in rural areas of Australia and Spain.

Luke is a recipient of the Malaspina Award for outstanding contribution to the development of cultural relations between Australia and Spain. The book is already receiving rave reviews and this year has been shortlisted for two major awards.

Tickets for the event are $22 and $15 for students and available from www.outspokenmaleny.com