Launch – Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance

Wherever you are, you’re invited! 


When: 6.30–7.30pm, Thursday 11 February 2021

Where: Hosted by  Avid Reader – limited places available in-store or join via Zoom

Tickets:  Free! Attend in-store or via Zoom. Registration details below.

Join Griffith Review editor Ashley Hay in conversation with featured authors from Remaking the Balance Jo Chandler, Bronwyn FredericksLesley-Anne Houghton and Robin E Roberts as they explore how we define our relationships with resources, from the tangible to the ephemeral.

The evening will commence with a poetry reading by Chloë Callistemon whose work also appears in Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance.

Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance explores our relationships with resources – all that’s animal, vegetable and mineral – as well as with so many less tangible commodities. This edition expanded to accommodate the impact of coronavirus, introducing the idea of disruption, the idea that it might be possible not only to press reset, but to remake, reimagine, some of the world’s operating systems.

Join this riveting conversation that considers what sustainability looks like in 2021 in terms of food, energy, memory, systems and hope.

With restrictions easing, we are delighted to invite you to join us in-store at Avid Reader, 193 Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane. Covid-safe practises will be in place.

To attend this event in-person, in-store, click here. Or email [email protected]. Seats are limited.

To attend via Zoom, click here.


About the panellists

Jo Chandler is a Walkley-Award winning freelance journalist and winner of the inaugural 2012 UNSW Bragg Prize for Science Writing. She focuses on climate science, environment and health issues, as well as the aid and development sector. She is the author of an acclaimed book on climate science, Feeling the Heat (MUP, 2011).

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks is the Pro-­Vice-­Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at The University of Queensland.

Lesley-Anne Houghton is a Queensland writer who has just completed her Master of Arts (Writing & Literature) with Deakin University. Her writing explores issues of grief, love and family secrets.

Robin E Roberts is an agribusiness researcher with the Griffith Asia Institute. She is internationally recognised for a dedicated interest in Australia’s agriculture and food trade with Asian markets.

About the poet

Chloë Callistemon is a photographer, writer and multidisciplinarian whose poetry has been published in journals and anthologies including Cordite, Rabbit and Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry.

Remaking the Balance features contributions from Matthew Evans, Sophie Cunningham, Alan Schwartz, Jo Chandler, Clare Wright, Declan Fry, Elspeth Probyn, Lesley-Anne Houghton, Robin Roberts and many more, plus a Q&A with award-winning US writer Barbara Kingsolver, a conversation between novelists Chris Flynn, Erin Hortle and Laura Jean McKay, and a visual essay by acclaimed Australian photographer Trent Parke.

Now, more than ever, Australia’s writers
need readers for their work

Editions of Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance, are available in bookshops from 2 February 2021. Or you can visit our store and purchase a subscription. You will receive the current and next three editions of Griffith Review!

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