Talking Ideas

Talking Ideas entertains, inspires and fosters debate; addressing issues that inform our times and shape our lives. Revisit our recorded live events and conversations with some of the world’s best authors, thinkers and commentators.


Sit back, get comfortable and be transported by these world-class storytellers.


Get inspired wherever you are and listen to some of our best live events.


Anna Funder

Looking back at Stasiland with Anna Funder | 9 November 2019

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-release of Stasiland, Anna Funder discussed her writing, books and more with journalist and award-winning author, Kristina Olsson.

Stasiland won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize and was published in twenty countries and translated into sixteen languages. This now classic work is a definitive account of tyranny and resistance in the former East Germany.

Mem Fox

Mem Fox in conversation with Trent Dalton | 30 October 2019

Mem Fox celebrated her new book The Tiny Star in a very special event with journalist and multi-award winning author of Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton.

In this event for teachers, teacher-librarians, parents and carers, these two award-winning writers discussed the importance of fostering a love of reading between carer and child, sharing stories across generations, inspiration, life, and why writers must write.

Mem Fox has written more than thirty-eight books for adults and children including Possum Magic, which has sold more than three million copies and is the bestselling picture book ever in Australia.

Tara Moss

Crime Culture with Tara Moss | 28 October 2019

Visiting from Canada, Tara Moss sat down with crime fiction writer, Cass Moriarty to discuss the first book in her new crime fiction series, Dead Man Switch. The conversation ranged from crime fiction, writing, through to reflecting on strong women working in a predominately male world.

Tara Moss is the best-selling author of eleven books including non-fiction, the acclaimed Mak Vanderwall crime-fiction series and Pandora English paranormal series. Tara is also a journalist, doctoral candidate, presenter, documentary co-producer and co-writer, model, and outspoken advocate for children’s rights and women’s rights.


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