Public Speaking/Teaching

I'm often asked to speak at festivals, run tutorials/workshops, and talk to schools and galleries.

Public Speaking and Teaching
  • 'Climate change: what role for the arts?' (keynote lecture) (with Fiona Hall, Peter Christoff, Mandy Smith, Chris Jordan), Sustainable Living Festival, Deakin Edge, Melbourne, 15th February 2014.
  • 'Nietzsche and Modern Dilemmas' (with John Armstrong), Readings Books, St Kilda, 27th November 2013.
  • 'Men Are From Mars and Other Myths', Mind and its Potential, SMC Conference Centre, Sydney, 14th November 2013.
  • 'Distraction', Mind and its Potential, SMC Conference Centre, Sydney, 14th November 2013.
  • 'In the Woods' (with Anna Krien, Inga Simpson and Megan McGrath), Brisbane Writers Festival, 7th September 2013.
  • 'The Pemberley Inheritance: 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice' (with Kate Forsyth, Kim Freeman and Lesa Scholl), Brisbane Writers Festival, 7th September 2013.
  • 'What is a mind, and what is it for?' (with Ruth Ozeki and Barbara Arrowsmith Young), Brisbane Writers Festival, 7th September 2013.
  • 'A is for Aphorism' (with Andrew Ford), Melbourne Writers Festival, ACMI, 1st September 2013.
  • 'Monet and his Garden', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2nd August 2013.
  • 'Beginnings', Winter Writing Workshops, Trinity College, University of Melbourne, 20th July 2013.
  • 'Stories in Non-Fiction', Writers Victoria, Melbourne, 21st June 2013.
  • 'Nikos Kazantzakis: Raking Stones', Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, 6th June 2013.
  • 'The Garden: An Adventure of Ideas', Sydney Writers Festival, Pier 2/3, 23rd May 2013.
  • 'Philosophy and Writing' (with Scarlett Thomas, David Brooks and Joe Gelonesi), Sydney Writers Festival, Pier 4/5, 24th May 2013.
  • 'Swimming Home and Black Vodka: A Conversation With Deborah Levy' (Slow TV), Sydney Writers Festival, Pier 2/3, 24th May 2013.
  • 'Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice', Sydney Writers Festival, Pier 4/5, 26th May 2013.
  • 'New Nature Writing' (with Tom Doig, Tanya Massy and Rebecca Giggs), Emerging Writers Festival, Abbotsford Convent, 1st June 2013.
  • 'Philosophy in the Garden', Eltham Philosophy Club, Eltham, 27th March 2013.
  • 'Embracing the Digital' (with Tony Birch, Rebecca Fitzgibbons, Matthew Lamb and Anne Summers), Tasmanian Writers Festival, Hobart, 23rd March 2013.
  • 'Philosophy in the Garden' (with Peter Timms, Matthew Evans and Tim Thorne), Tasmanian Writers Festival, Hobart, 23rd March 2013.
  • 'Philosophical gardening with Proust and co.', The School of Life, Collingwood, Melbourne, 16th March 2013.
  • 'The Acres of Perhaps: Emily Dickinson and the garden', Castlemaine Library, Castlemaine, 4th March 2013.
  • 'Landscape and literature' (with David Morley, Stephen Scourfield and Will Yeoman), Perth Writers Festival, University of Western Australia, 23rd February 2013.
  • 'Happiness' (with Oliver Burkeman, Geoff Gallop and Philip Adams), Perth Writers Festival, University of Western Australia, 22nd February 2013.
  • Epicurean feast, The School of Life, The North Fitzroy Star, Fitzroy, 7th February 2013.
  • 'Beginnings', Writers Victoria, Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, 30th October 2012.
  • 'The Revolution Will Have Strawberries', Bendigo Library, Bendigo, 1st October 2012. 
  • 'Footnotes to Wrestling: Plato and the Martial Arts' (keynote lecture), Philosophy and the Martial Arts conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 9th June 2012.
  • 'Bacchus Stripped', Matisse: Drawing Life illustrated lecture, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 11th February 2012. 
  • 'In Praise of Elinor', Sense and Sensibility at 200 Symposium, Abbotsford Convent, 30th October 2011.
  • 'What makes creative minds tick?', Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 18th August 2011. 
  • 'Design and Liberty', State of Design Festival, RMIT University, 27th July 2011.
  • 'Martial Arts and Philosophy', Bendigo Library, Bendigo, 4th July 2011.
  • 'Creative Writing', Writers Victoria, Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, 22nd March 2012.
  • 'Making People Think' (with John Armstrong), Writers at the Convent Festival, Abbotsford Convent, 12th February 2011.
  • 'The Silence of Pemberley', Jane Austen Society of Melbourne, Melbourne, 30th October 2010.
  • 'Blogging and Community' (with James Bradley, Penni Russon and Karen Andrews), New Voices Festival, 31st July 2010.
  • 'Dear Aunt Jane...', Jane Austen Society of Australia, Sydney, 19th June 2010.
  • 'Distant Travels, Intimate Truths' (with Maria Tumarkin and Howard Goldenberg), Limmud Oz Festival, Monash University, 13th June 2010.
  • 'Tolerance' (with Irfan Yusuf), Crime and Justice Festival, Abbotsford Convent, 19th July, 2009.
  • '11 Independent Types' (with John Armstrong), State Library of Victoria, 6th June, 2009.
  • 'Distraction', Malthouse Theatre, May 31st, 2009.
  • 'Matisse's Hernia', Baccalaureate 'Festival of Ideas', Geelong Grammar, 2008.
  • 'Proust at Balbec', at 'Aesthetics Today', National Gallery of Victoria, 2007.
  • 'Plato, Art and Truth', Baccalaureate 'Festival of Ideas', Methodist Ladies' College, 2006, 2007, 2008.
  • 'Picasso: Love and War' , National Gallery of Victoria, 2006.
Commentary
  • 'Conscious computing', The Guardian, by Oliver Burkeman (11/5/13).
  • 'Lazy, unmotivated and sloppy, The Age, FOCUS (3/10/12), p.14.
  • 'Modern day droogs are free to roam', The Sydney Morning Herald (15/9/12).
  • 'Generation Y: so connected, oh so alone', The Age (20/7/11), p.8.
  • 'The scandal of the kickboxing little girls', Grazia (4/7/11), p.15.
  • 'Unleashing the inner beast', by Tim Richards, The Age (30/11/10), p.15.
  • 'Is multi-tasking a myth?', BBC News (21/8/10).
  • 'Trouble Concentrating?', by Greg Foyster, Yen, Autumn/Winter 2010, pp.106-7.
  • 'Childhood's end in the picture', by Corrie Perkin, The Weekend Australian, Inquirer (31/1/09), p.20
  • 'Should auld lang syne just be forgot', by Milanda Rout, The Australian (31/12/09), p.9.
  • 'Views on child protocols divided', by Corrie Perkin, The Australian (30/10/08), p.10.