In her book Sunburnt Country, climate scientist Joëlle Gergis pieces together Australia’s climate history using historical documents, tree rings and Indigenous seasonal calendars. In his book Curing Affluenza, Richard Denniss, Chief Economist at The Australia Institute, calls on us to think differently about our limited resources and cherish materialism over consumerism. Together, these authors, in conversation with Gregg Borschmann from ABC RN Breakfast, will challenge the way you think.

Presented with Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

Supported by the Blue Mountains Food Co-op, Blue Mountains Library & Cultural Centre.

Joëlle Gergis (Australian)

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Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer from the University of Melbourne. She lives between the Northern Rivers region of NSW and Melbourne.

Richard Denniss (Australian)

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Richard Denniss is the Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. In addition to his academic work he was Chief of Staff to Senator Natasha Stott Despoja and Strategy Adviser to Senator Bob Brown. He was described by Mark Kenny in the Sydney Morning Herald as 'a constant thorn in the side of politicians on both sides due to his habit of skewering dodgy economic justifications for policy'.

Gregg Borschmann (Australian)

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Gregg Borschmann is one of Australia’s most experienced journalists specialising on environmental public policy, including sustainable development and climate change. Gregg is a senior producer on ABC RN Breakfast, hosted by Fran Kelly. A Walkley Award-finalist for his radio work, Gregg started his career on Melbourne’s Age newspaper in 1975. He’s worked in federal politics as a media advisor and recorded three oral history collections for the National Library of Australia. He’s a former board member of Varuna.