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DI GRIBBLE ARGUMENT (3 x events) [Melbourne]

DI GRIBBLE ARGUMENT (3 x events) [Melbourne]

Ticketing Information



Sunday March 28, 2021 - 12:30 PM


Malthouse Theatre
113 Sturt Street
Southbank, Victoria 3006


Click the link below for each session or call (03) 9685 5111]


Linda D'Ornay & Amber Richardson

Language/ Cultural Consultant:


About the Show

3 events in the series will be Auslan interpreted.


The Di Gribble Argument

The Di Gribble Argument honours the contribution of an extraordinary powerhouse of Australian public life, providing an indelible addition to the national debate.

The late Di Gribble was a force in Australian cultural and intellectual life. Publisher, editor, businesswoman: her impact on the world of books, writing and ideas cannot be overstated.



12.30pm: Brave Old World: Victor Steffensen on The Present

Hosted by author Tony Birch (BloodShadowboxingThe White Girl)  Victor Steffensen will be joined by artist, fire management expert and cultural advisor Tammy Gilson and other guests for a lively discussion sparked by his essay, The Planet is Us. Arguing that our environment is inextricably linked to our personal and collective health, Steffensen is passionate about developing a greater understanding of the link between nature and ourselves. Steffensen will discuss new ways of tackling the environmental challenges of today as we emerge from the ashes of last year’s fires and continue to grapple with the lasting impacts of the pandemic. To begin the day, Gheran-Yarraman Steel (Briggs) will give a Welcome to Country.


What are the connections and causes of genocide and ecocide in so called “australia”? This is one of the pressing questions raised in Teila Watson’s essay The Intrinsic Connections between Ecocide and Genocide. Join us for a discussion on the importance of truth telling, ecological and social governance, and disabling white supremacy within climate change discussions.


4.30pm: Brave Old World: Bruce Pascoe on The Future

In this very special event hosted by poet and Overland co-editor Evelyn Araluen, Bruce Pascoe will discuss his bold vision for the future of agriculture as outlined in his essay, Brave Old World. Also joining in the discussion will be Bruce’s son, Jack Pascoe, who specialises in science-based conservation in the Victorian Otways region, and artist and activist Arika Waulu. The panel will discuss the essential need to prioritise First Nations knowledge systems when it comes to caring for Country, a new approach to land ownership and the seeds of hope that have germinated in the fires of 2020.