WEDNESDAYS @ One
A series of talks by well known and interesting South Australians, with the theme - Books in My Life.
Hetzel Theatre, Institute Building
1pm to approx 2pm
First Wednesday of each month
$5 FSLSA Members
Wed @ 1 2017
FEBRUARY - Wednesday 1st 2017, at 1.00 pm
As the founder & research director of the Institute of Backyard Studies and now Adjunct Investigator at the Speculative Histories Laboratory, Mark works in the field of problem-solving. His fully functioning Random Excuse Generator is on the brink of being commercially launched. He is the author of Blokes & Sheds, and more recently, The Lost Tools of Henry Hoke.
During his research into Henry - and the rest of the Hokes - he has discovered that one of Henry's ancestors may have been a military adviser to Lothar the Hairless in the 17th century.
March - No Speaker - Adelaide Festival
APRIL - Wednesday 5th, 2017 at 1.00pm
Uncle Lewis O’Brien AO
Uncle Lewis Yerleburka O’Brien AO was born at Point Pearce mission on the Yorke Peninsula in 1930, but has Kaurna heritage. A ward of the state at 12, he passed through a succession of foster homes, boy’s homes and hostels, ultimately to gain his Intermediate certificate in 1946.
Now a Kaurna Elder, Uncle Lewis has spent his life providing cultural and pastoral support to the aboriginal community. He has served on many boards and committees, and has received an honorary Doctorate from Flinders University. He has written numerous articles and books including “And the Clock struck Thirteen “[Wakefield Press, 2007].
MAY - Wednesday 3rd 2017 at 1.00 pm
In 1980, Lisa Nguyen, while very young, escaped by boat from Vietnam with the help of relatives. Her story – after first surviving numerous perils at sea, being accepted by Australia as a refugee, and going on to lead a successful working life in international trade – is now permanently told at the Migration Museum.
In 2001, Lisa was awarded the Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian society - particularly for her work for the horticultural community at Virginia - by the Governor General.
JUNE - Wednesday 7th, 2017 at 1.00pm
Emeritus Professor Norman Etherington, AM
Norman Etherington is the President of the National Trust of South Australia.
Until his recent retirement, he was Professor of History at the University of Western Australia and a member of the Heritage Council of WA. During a 20 year period as Lecturer and Reader in History at the University of Adelaide, he served as inaugural Chair of the History Trust of SA and an Alderman of the Adelaide City Council. He holds a PhD in History from Yale University and is a past president of the Australian Historical Association.
He is a keen author and reader, and his interests range from music and art to woodworking.
JULY - Wednesday 5th July 2017 at 1.00pm
Carole was born in London and grew up with the BBC, loving broadcasters such as Alistair Cooke.
Her early jobs ranged from the travel industry to the British Intelligence Corps in Singapore in the 60s which she says was a very volatile time, even though she was only on the sidelines . Plenty of dirty tricks !
After a period back in the UK working for a newspaper she came to S.A. in 1972, joining the ABC in 1980 after a series of auditions which came about quite accidentally.
Thirty two happy and roller coaster years followed with standout experiences including introducing the Dalai Lama at the Entertainment Centre, broadcasting from a hot air balloon and swimming with Jock the randy dolphin in the Port River.
She now writes a weekly column in The Advertiser Boomer magazine and MC’s the occasional event .
Geordie Brookman ( 2nd August )
Geordie is the Artistic Director and co-CEO of State Theatre Company. Since graduating from Flinders University Drama Centre, Geordie has directed work around Australia, the UK and Asia. His most recent production for State Theatre Company and Frantic Assembly, Things I Know To Be True, has recently enjoyed a four month sell out season in the UK.
He has also worked as a producer, dramaturg, teacher, event director and curator for organisations including the Adelaide Festival, The National Play Festival, University of Wollongong, Australian Theatre for Young People, Australian Fashion Week and Queensland Theatre Company.
Deborah Bogle ( 6th September )
Deborah Bogle has worked for the Advertiser since, pulled by her heartstrings, she moved to South Australia 15 years ago. She has been Books Editor there for nearly a decade, and also writes general features for SA Weekend magazine.
Apart from all the books, the best part of her job is writing her weekly Garden Path column.
She grew up in Geraldton, Western Australia, birthplace of Randolph Stow, and was educated in Perth. She lived in Sydney for 20 years, where she spent 11 years working for The Australian, before being drawn into the then-brave new world of digital media. Then she came to her senses and went back to print. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Mike Ladd (4th October )
Mike Ladd was born in 1959 in Berkeley California to Australian parents. He grew up at Blackwood in the Adelaide hills, did a degree in English and Philosophy at Adelaide University, then in 1980 joined the new wave band The Lounge. Mike has often collaborated with musicians and artists, writing poetry for the screen and live performance with groups such as The Drum Poets, newaural net, and Max Mo.
In 1983 he began working at the ABC as a trainee sound engineer, joining Radio National as producer in 1993. He was the editor of the station’s highly respected program Poetica, which ran for eighteen years. Mike currently works for Radio National’s features and documentary unit. Mike has published nine collections of poetry and prose; the most recent Invisible Mending from Wakefield Press.
Recently he and his partner Cathy Brooks have been running projects that put poems on street signs as public art. Mike is a poetry mentor, judge, and occasional reviewer. Over the past two decades he has given poetry workshops and master-classes in every state and territory of Australia.
Martyn Cook (1st November )
Martyn Cook is one of Australia’s best known antique dealers and gallery owners .
His first gallery on Bohemian Victoria Street Darlinghurst, quickly gave way to the Red Lion laundry factory on Jersey Road in Paddington - a short step from Queen Street Woollahra, until May 2010, when he acquired the Redfern Municipal Electric Light Station in the heart of Redfern.
Specialising in the finest pieces of furniture and works of art, including paintings, clocks and other high quality objets d’art, most are primarily from the 18th century and Regency periods.
He was the representative for Garrard, the Crown Jewellers, and was the successful agent for the sale of the renowned Bronzino portrait of Cosimo de Medici, now hanging in the AGNSW.
Martyn is now the Director of the David Roche Foundation collection in North Adelaide .
December 6th at 1.00 pm
Natasha Stott Despoja AM is a former Senator for South Australia (1995-2008) and former Leader of the Australian Democrats.
She is the youngest woman ever to enter the Australian Federal Parliament, at 26.
She is the founding Chair of Our Watch (the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children).
2013-2016 she was Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls responsible for the promotion of women’s economic empowerment, women’s leadership and the reduction of violence against women and girls.
Natasha is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, a columnist for The Adelaide Advertiser, and occasional TV panellist including on Channel 10’s The Project.
She is a member of Carrie Bickmore’s Beanies for Brain Cancer Board .
In 2011, Natasha was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the Australian Parliament, education and as a role model for women.
She lives in Adelaide with husband Ian and their two children Conrad and Cordelia.