As the aged care crisis intensifies, it is critical we consider where society’s denial of aging and death stem from. Renowned Australian poet, editor and critic Sarah Holland-Batt (The Jaguar and Fishing for Lightning) became an advocate for aged care reform after testifying at the Royal Commission about her father’s adverse experiences. In this lecture, she unpacks why we are so reluctant to imagine what it means to get old and the harmful consequences this holds for older Australians today and our future selves.

This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Sarah Holland-Batt (Australian)

Sarah Holland-Batt

Sarah Holland-Batt is an award-winning poet, writer, editor and critic. Her most recent books are The Jaguar, and Fishing for Lightning, a collection of her poetry columns in The Australian. She is currently the 2022 Judy Harris Writer in Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, and Professor of Creative Writing at QUT. In 2016, she was awarded the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry.