Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
ANU will be hosting the only Canberra public event for Kevin Rudd’s autobiography, Not for the Faint-Hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957-2007.
In 2007, Kevin Rudd swept to power with a 23-seat victory, bringing Labor in from eleven years in opposition, and unseating John Howard, the longest-serving prime minister since Menzies.
So who is the man behind the successful Kevin 07 campaign, this Mandarin-speaking, family-focused, church-going, ‘here-to-help’, policy wonk from rural Queensland?
In the first of a two-volume autobiography, Kevin Rudd brings us to the point of his election as the 26th Prime Minister of Australia. While political journalists have felled forests writing about the ‘real’ Kevin Rudd – one of our most polarising and compelling figures – this is the first time we hear from the man direct.
Rudd chronicles a childhood shaped by the love of his mother and tragically disrupted by the death of his father, an event that left the family without a home or an income and which would foster Rudd’s passion for social justice and forge his political vision.
Kevin Rudd, completed his Bachelor’s degree in Asian studies at ANU in 1981, before embarking on a diplomatic, and subsequently, public service and political careers. He served as Leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2006 to 2010 and as Prime Minister of Australia from 3 December 2007-24 June 2010 and again from 27 June 2013-7 September 2013. He was Australia's Foreign Minister from 2010-2012.
Full bio here.
Stan Grant is an award-winning journalist and author. He has been a political correspondent for the ABC, and long-time foreign correspondent for CNN in Asia and the Middle East. He is now ABC's Indigenous Affairs editor and Chair of Indigenous Affairs at Charles Sturt University. He won the 2015 Walkley Award for coverage of Indigenous Affairs and is the author of the bestselling books The Tears of Strangers, Talking to My Country and The Australian Dream: Blood, History and Belonging.
This event will be chaired by Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor, ANU.
Books will be on sale from 5.15pm with book signings by Kevin Rudd from 7-8pm.
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