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BOOK LAUNCH: Talking Up A Legacy by Tom Clark

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Level 11, VU City Flinders campus

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UWA Publishing and Victoria University invite you to join us in celebrating the launch of Tom Clark's new book, Talking Up A Legacy.

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Talking Up A Legacy will be launched by James Button. Complimentary light refreshments will be provided and books will be available for sale.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

“When you change the government, you change the country,” Paul Keating declared. It reminds us that the outlook and actions of the government of the day have widespread ramifications in the lives of people “on the ground.” Within the extraordinary complexity that a government must be, the leading indication of its values and of the strategic thrust of its actions is the behaviour of its leading official, the prime minister. He or she is the clearest and most observed example of what a government can or cannot, will or will not do.

Its particular interest is in speeches. These set pieces of talk have conventionally been regarded as each prime minister’s opportunity to entrench a legacy. A growing weight of evidence over the years since Keating’s term in office has turned the tables, though, so that we now need to see the speech itself as a “legacy medium”—like vinyl records.

Talking up a Legacy does not specifically offer an insider or partisan account, but it aims to cast light on some of the most difficult challenges of political communication, using language and concepts that speak to non-specialist readers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tom Clark is an Associate Professor in the First Year College at Victoria University, Melbourne, as well as supervising research thesis students. He is President of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA) and Secretary-General of the International Federation for Modern Language and Literature (FILLM). He is also Deputy Chair of the Victoria University Academic Board.

Tom’s academic work combines an education in early English and Old Norse poetry with a professional background in speechwriting and policy advice to inform his teaching of rhetoric and public speaking, as well as various research projects looking at the poetic qualities of contemporary public language.

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