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The Happiness Dilemma
Sunday, May 24 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
We all want to be happy. We’re all searching for meaning. Is it possible to find it, or are we on a permanent quest for something ultimately unattainable? Professor of behavioural science Paul Dolan uses cognitive science to prescribe pragmatic advice for a happy life in Happiness by Design. In Reasons to Stay Alive Matt Haig attempts to overcome depression and inject meaning and humour into his experiences. The protagonist of Amanda Lohrey’s A Short History of Richard Kline is on a perennial search for something more. Rebecca Huntley asks these guests if happiness really is what it’s all about.
Matt Haig (International)
Matt Haig is the author of five novels, including the bestselling The Last Family in England which has been optioned by Brad Pitt's production company, The Radleys, voted the winner of Channel 4's TV Book Club series in 2011, and The Humans, a World Book Night 2014 title. His works have been translated into more than 20 languages. Matt has also written award-winning books for children. He lives in York and London.
Paul Dolan, PhD, is an internationally renowned expert on happiness, behaviour and public policy. He is currently Professor of Behavioral Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has been a visiting research scholar at Princeton University. He also advises the US National Academy of Sciences on measurement issues in happiness research. Paul lives in Brighton in the UK with his wife and two children. His book Happiness By Design was published in 2014.
Amanda Lohrey is one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers. Her first full length novel in 10 years, A Short History of Richard Kline was published in March 2015. Her previous novels include Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, as well as the award-winning short story collection Reading Madame Bovary. She has also written two Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award.
Rebecca Huntley is a social researcher, writer and broadcaster with a PhD in gender studies. For nearly nine years she was the executive director of The Mind & Mood Report. She was a feature writer for Vogue, a columnist for BRW and the presenter of RN Drive on a Friday. She co-presents a weekly podcast with Sarah McDonald, Just Between Us. She is the author of numerous books, the latest entitled Does Cooking Matter?