Lucy Clark, writer and Senior Editor at The Guardian, examines competition from a fresh perspective. Lucy’s Beautiful Failures: How the Quest for Success is Harming Our Kids looks at the broken education system, using both journalistic investigation and personal experience. She discusses the idea that competition is anathema to education, yet it has a central role in most schools. In this illuminating talk, Lucy examines whether it is in our nature to be competitive, or if we can move beyond it.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Lucy Clark (Australian)

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Lucy Clark is a journalist and author of 32 years experience in newspapers and magazines in London, New York, and Sydney. Her book Beautiful Failures : How The Quest for Success is Harming our Kids looks at the broken education system through journalistic investigation and personal experience. She is currently a senior editor at The Guardian Australia.

Peter Marks (Australian)

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Peter Marks is Professor of English Literature and Chair of the Department of English Literature at the University of Sydney. He is the author of British Filmmakers: Terry Gilliam, George Orwell: Literature, Politics and the Periodical Culture, and Imagining Surveillance: Eutopian and Dystopian Literature and Film. He has just completed British Literature of the 1990s: Endings and Beginnings, which will be published later this year.