Rebecca Solnit is one of the great essayists of our times, having garnered acclaim for her work on subjects as diverse as feminism, the history of walking and even the art of getting lost. Her essay ‘Men Explain Lolita to Me’ is literary criticism and social commentary at its finest, and her seminal ‘Hope in the Dark’ is a modern classic. The renowned author and activist joins host Sophie Black live via video to discuss her latest book Orwell’s Roses, a lush exploration of nature, pleasure and politics inspired by George Orwell’s love of gardening. She shares a fresh take on the British writer, shares the significance of joy in his concept of freedom, and pushes readers “to treasure the small moments of grace to be found in the natural world, even now in the face of climate catastrophes and global unrest” (Los Angeles Review of Books). 

Rebecca Solnit appears thanks to the support of Sam Meers AO.

This event is open captioned.

Rebecca Solnit (International)

Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is author of more than 20 books, including Recollections of My Non-Existence, which was longlisted for the 2021 Orwell Prize for Political Writing and shortlisted for the 2021 James Tait Black Award. She is also the author of Men Explain Things to Me and many essays on feminism, activism, social change, hope, and the climate crisis. A contributing editor to Harper's, she writes regularly for The Guardian, the London Review of Books and the Los Angeles Times. Her most recent book is Orwell's Roses.

Sophie Black (Australian)

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is Head of Special Projects at the Wheeler Centre where she has headed up the writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcast scheme Signal Boost, and the Walkley Award–winning podcast The Messenger. She writes regularly for The Guardian and was previously editor-in-chief at Private Media and editor of Crikey. She has delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as director and is co-chair of the human rights publication Right Now.