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Germaine Greer, Christos Tsiolkas

Samira Ahmed presents a debate discussing Australian culture, with guests Christos Tsiolkas, Germaine Greer and Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson.

Christos Tsiolkas, Germaine Greer and the Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson talk about the fault-lines in Australia ancient and modern.

Germaine Greer's new book White Beech: The Rainforest Years traces her attempt to return land in South East Queensland to its wild state.

The new novel from the author of 'The Slap' follows a boy who uses swimming as a way out of his working class, immigrant background. Tsiolkas explores ideas about competitiveness and the macho side of Australian culture.

Pat Dodson is a key campaigner for Aboriginal rights

In this special edition of Free Thinking presenter Samira Ahmed explores what lies within the Australian psyche?

Producer: Neil Trevithick.

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45 minutes

Germaine Greer

White Beech: The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer is available in hardback and e-book now.


Christos Tsiolkas

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas is available in paperback and e-book now.


Australia in the Free Thinking archive

Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville talks about her new novel, Sarah Thornhill set in nineteenth century Australia. 


Clive James

Interview from 2013 with Australian born poet and broadcaster Clive James on his translation of Dante's Divine Comedy


Australian Art

Samira Ahmed talks to the orgranisers behind the Australian Art exhibition at the Royal Academy, Kathleen Sorian and Edmund Capon.


Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally discusses his novel The Daughters of Mars which examines the hidden wounds of two nurses as they confront the horrors of Gallipoli.

Elsewhere on the BBC

Red Dirt Dreaming Part One and Part Two 

How the indigenous population of Australia are at odds with the mining industry.

Credits

Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Christos Tsiolkas
Interviewed Guest Germaine Greer
Interviewed Guest Patrick Dodson
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Neil Trevithick

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The Arts & Ideas Podcast

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Discussions and talks from the Free Thinking Festival 2019

Discussions and talks from the Free Thinking Festival 2019

Angry politics, what we can’t say, being diplomatic, weeping, emotion in music, film & TV

Click to listen to discussions, talks and music as the Free Thinking Festival 2019 Gets Emotional

Click to listen to discussions, talks and music as the Free Thinking Festival 2019 Gets Emotional

Angry politics, what we can’t say, being diplomatic, weeping, emotion in music, film & TV

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CLICK to LISTEN & SEE programmes from the Free Thinking Festival 2018: The One & the Many

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CLICK to LISTEN & SEE all programmes, images, clips & features from 2017's festival

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