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Book Launch - 'We'll Show the World: Expo 88'

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Book Launch for We'll Show the World

Author Jackie Ryan in conversation with Kristina Olsson.


World Expo 88 was the largest, longest, and loudest of Australia’s bicentennial events.

A shiny 1980s amalgam of cultural precinct, shopping mall, theme park, travelogue, and rock concert, Expo 88 is commonly credited as the catalyst for Brisbane’s ‘coming of age’. So how did an elaborate and expensive party change a city forever?

We’ll Show the World explores the shifting social and political environment of Expo 88, shaped as much by Queensland’s controversial premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen as it was by those who reacted against him.

Join Jackie Ryan and Kristina Olsson as they consider how an event greeted with outrage, scepticism, and indifference came to mean so much to so many, how a state better known for eliciting insults enchanted much of the nation, and how, to Brisbane, Expo was personal.


6pm for a 6.30pm start. Tickets are free but bookings are essential. 1980s attire is optional. The tubular Avid Reader will be the bookseller on the night. There will also be a cash bar.


Praise for We'll Show the World

‘This lively, often hilarious, at times chilling political and social history may be the first work to successfully define what it means to be that strange beast – a Queenslander.’ Matthew Condon, author of the Three Crooked Kings trilogy.

‘Jackie Ryan shows there was so much more to Expo 88 than the tap dancers on the pink submarine floating down the Brisbane River.’ Hugh Lunn, author of Over the Top with Jim.


About Jackie Ryan

Jackie holds a PhD in history and political science from The University of Queensland, where she was an Honorary Research Fellow. She wrote the didactic text for the Museum of Brisbane's 'Light Fantastic' exhibition on Expo 88, and has devised audiovisual material on Expo for the Southbank Corporation and the Queensland Museum. She produces the Aurealis Award-winning comic series Burger Force and founded comedy writing collective The Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary.


About Kristina Olsson

Kristina is the award-winning author of the memoir Boy, Lost, the novels The China Garden and In One Skin, and the biography Kilroy was Here. Her new novel, Shell, set in Sydney against the building of the Opera House and Australia's entry into the Vietnam War, will be published in October. Kristina reported on the planning phases of Expo 88 as a journalist prior to commencing work at Expo itself in the Communications Division.


About UQP

UQP is a dynamic publishing house known for its innovative philosophy and commitment to producing books of high quality and cultural significance. It has launched the careers of many celebrated Australian writers, such as David Malouf, Peter Carey, Kate Grenville, Doris Pilkington, and Nick Earls.

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