The summer bushfires in Australia brought into stark relief the terrifying and rapid change being wrought by global warming. Across the globe, many pragmatic responses to climate change are occurring behind the scenes. Hear from a distinguished panel of speakers as they discuss current trends and policy proposals making a positive impact, and the place of art and literature in building hope for a better world. Featuring New Zealand Greens MP Golriz Ghahraman (Know Your Place), Bruce Pascoe (Dark Emu), Jeff VanderMeer (Dead Astronauts) and Kawai Strong Washburn (Sharks in the Time of Saviours), with Ashley Hay.

All proceeds will be donated to Mallacoota and Districts Recovery Association.

Supported by the City of Sydney.

Kawai Strong Washburn (International)

Kawai Strong Washburn

Kawai Strong Washburn was born and raised on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. His work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney's and Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, among others. He was a 2015 Tin House Summer Scholar and 2015–2016 Bread Loaf work-study scholar. He has lived and worked in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Palestine, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Namibia. Today, he lives with his wife and daughters in Minneapolis. Sharks in the Time of Saviours is his first novel.

Golriz Ghahraman (International)

Golriz Ghahraman

Golriz Ghahraman made history as the first refugee to be sworn in as a member of New Zealand’s parliament in 2017. Iranian-born, Golriz arrived in New Zealand with her parents seeking asylum as a nine-year-old. She studied human rights law at Oxford and has practised as a lawyer in New Zealand and for United Nations tribunals in Africa, The Hague and Cambodia. Her work has included trials of leaders for genocide and war crimes, restoring communities after war and human rights atrocities, particularly empowering women engaged in peace and justice initiatives. Golriz is a member of New Zealand’s Green Party.

Jeff VanderMeer (International)

Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist known for his emphasis on environmental themes. His critically acclaimed novel Borne was called “a thorough marvel” by Colson Whitehead, was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and is being developed for television by AMC. His critically acclaimed New York Times–bestselling Southern Reach trilogy won the Shirley Jackson Award and Nebula Award. The trilogy prompted The New Yorker to call the author “the weird Thoreau”, and was published in 35 countries, with Paramount Pictures releasing a movie in 2018. Jeff’s non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, Guardian UK, The and The Los Angeles Times. Jeff’s latest book is Dead Astronauts, the focus of a profile in The New York Times. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, the award-winning editor Ann VanderMeer, and Neo, a cat famous on the internet.

Bruce Pascoe (Australian)

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is an award-winning writer and a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man. He is a Board member of First Languages Australia and Professor of Indigenous Knowledge at the University of Technology Sydney. In 2018, he was named Dreamtime Person of the Year for his contribution to Indigenous culture. Salt is a collection of his best and most celebrated stories and essays, which traverses his long career and explores his enduring fascination with Australia’s landscape, culture and history.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a Brisbane-based novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award and the Peoples’ Choice from the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards for The Railwayman’s Wife, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her latest novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.