7 September 2007

UQ is again supporting the Brisbane Writers Festival, to be held from September 12 to 16.

The festival provides a unique opportunity to showcase the literary talents of the university’s academic staff, many of whom are taking part this year.

Below is a list of sessions being presented by UQ:

Thursday September 13 at 10.10am
The Passion of the Pen: Why Writers Write
International authors Damon Galgut, Patrick Gale and Jenny Pattrick will team up with Australian literary greats David Malouf and Elizabeth Stead to ponder the passion of the pen and explore the reasons why writers write.
Venue: State Library of Queensland terrace

Thursday September 13 at 9.30pm
After We Met: Patrick Gale and Armistead Maupin
Literary icon Armistead Maupin (author of Tales of the City) and Patrick Gale, who have admired each others work for more than 15 years, will tales of friendship.
Venue: Powerhouse Theatre

Friday September 14 at 11.25am
Damon Galgut and Ariella Kornmehl will explore the shifting cultural and moral landscape of postapartheid South Africa.
Venue: State Library of Queensland Auditorium 2
Free event open to the public

Sunday September 16 at 11.20am
Author and editor-in-chief of London-based Arabic newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi Abdel Bari Atwan will uncover the secret history of al-Qa’ida. He is the only western journalist to have had an extended interview with Osama bin Laden.
Venue: State Library of Queensland The Edge

Sunday September 16 at 4.40pm
Raymond Evans, Jackie Huggins, Robert Kenny, Sam Watson and Michael Williams will discuss whether Captain James Cook was the best thing ever to happen to Black Australia.
Venue: State Library of Queensland Auditorium 2