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Sundowner: A conversation with Anne Summers AO ~ Unfettered and Alive

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Join us for a compelling conversation with the trailblazer Anne Summers. This is a rare opportunity to hear Anne speak about her life and discuss her inspiring new book: Unfettered and Alive, a memoir.

Described by many as the godmother of Australian feminism, Anne Summers is coming north on a national book tour. Anne is an international best-selling author, editor, publisher and thought-leader with a long career in the media, politics and business in Australia, Europe and the United States.

Her new book chronicles her early progress as a journalist through the ranks of Australia's major mastheads (The National Times, Australian Financial Review, Le Monde), her work setting up the federal Office of Women from 1983-1986, and later as a a political advisor to Paul Keating.

Then there are the years in New York as founding editor-in-chief of the landmark feminist magazines Ms and Sassy – her return to Australia to helm Good Weekend and as chair of the board of Greenpeace International - then back to New York where she is currently based with her husband, who is the director of the World Voices Festival for PEN America.

Summers reveals stories about the famous and powerful people she has worked with or reported on. Anne is refreshingly frank about her own anxieties and mistakes as well as her, at times, heart-breaking family story of violence and ultimately reconciliation. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and Anne will also be signing copies of her memoir.


Hosted by Cairns Tropical Writers Festival as a fringe event
in association with Allen and Unwin, publishers

Rydges Esplanade Resort, Cairns
MON 5 NOV, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Drink, canapes and networking on arrival
Followed by 'in conversation' with Anne Summers, Q&A and book signings


MORE ABOUT ANNE SUMMERS AO

As women’s liberation took hold in the social ferment of the 1970s, Summers was instrumental in setting up the first womens’ shelter in Sydney, called “Elsie”. Many other support groups sprang up, including the Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) and women’s health services. The changes were profound. Many middle-class women entered tertiary education and the workforce for the first time in increasing numbers.

Her famous first book, Damned Whores and God’s Police, marked a turning point for women worldwide as the International Year of Women unfolded in 1975. The blockbuster, in continuous print ever since and selling over 100,000 copies, offered a new framework for understanding the narrow options open for Australian women as shaped by the brutality of the young colony.

Summers identifed two stereotypes that characterised Australian women as being either virtuous mothers, whose function was to civilise society as 'God’s Police’, or bad girls who failed to conform and were spurned and vilified as a result. Summers argues that as a consequence of women in the new colony being in extreme short supply, with the first women arrivals convicts, early Australian society was profoundly shaped by the ‘damned whores’ stereotype.

The book has been since updated many times and never been oit of print. She argues that these stereotypes persist. The 2011 edition contains prefaces from each printing over 40 years, with an updated timeline of key milestones and achievements by and for women from 1788 to 2015.

It includes her controversial ‘Letter to the next generation’ from 1994, written as a provocation to question why so few young women identified as feminists. ‘Where are the books or the articles by young Australian women setting out their thoughts, seizing control of the debates, tweaking the noses of the old guard?’, she asked.

This succeeded in prompting debate and a raft of new publications by younger women. In 2003 the book was voted one of the top ten books of the past 40 years, and in 2011 the Australia Day postage stamp featured Anne Summers AO in its Australian Legends series. The next reprint led to a 3 day conference at the Sydney Opera House in 2013 titled Damned Whores and God’s Police 40 Years On.

Now the author of nine books, Anne has had an extraordinary career.

This is a woman who broke through so many boundaries to show what women can do. Anne continues to make waves, and remains as committed as ever to bringing change to Australian women.

This compelling conversation will be followed by Q&A and book signings.
Collins Booksellers from Smithfield will be on site.

TICKETS INCLUDE:


  • 5.30pm SHARP. Champagne or similar refreshment on arrival.

  • 5.30-6.15pm. Canapes served. Enjoy the networking.

  • 6.15-7.15pm. One hour in-depth 'in conversation' with international author Anne Summers AO, including Q & A, followed by book signings.


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'Exhilarating and what storytelling!'
- Quentin Bryce

'It's the story of an utterly singular woman, who always says "Yes" to life even when it scares her. Her memory for the events, and her frankness about fear, make this an extraordinary memoir.'
- Annabel Crabb

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