In Conversation with Robert Tickner


Robert Tickner will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Ten Doors Down, Tickner's remarkably moving memoir about reconnecting with his birth family.

Former Federal Minister and CEO of the Red Cross, Robert Tickner had always known he was adopted but had rarely felt much curiosity about his origins.

Although he had some sense of the potentially life-changing course that lay ahead of him, he could not have anticipated learning of the exceptional nature of his mother, the deep scars that his forced adoption had left on her, and the astonishing series of coincidences that had already linked their lives and was to lead to a reunion with his birth father and siblings. This deeply moving memoir is a testament to the significance of all forms of family in shaping us - and to the potential for love to heal great harm.

Robert Tickner grew up on the New South Wales mid-north coast and became an Aboriginal Legal Service lawyer. In 1984 he won the federal seat of Hughes and was the Federal Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 1990 to 1996, in the process initiating the reconciliation process with Indigenous Australians and being instrumental in instigating the national inquiry into the stolen generations. Robert then became CEO of the Australian Red Cross from 2005 to 2015.

Alex Sloan AM, the 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year, is a regular conversationalist for ANU Meet the Author events.

Ten Doors Down has received extraordinary prepublication praise: "A great Australian story, which leaves the reader feeling positive about the triumph of humanity".' Anthony Albanese; "I wept in parts. I felt sad and angry in other parts. But this book is also about happiness and hope. It is a story all Australians should read". Professor Mick Dodson. AM; "Magnificently moving. You won't be able to put it down. A testament to a mother's love - and a son's - full of heart, truth and power". Nikki Gemmill

"Tickner's sensitive portrayal of the woman at the heart of his story is a powerful refutation of an inhuman system that doomed generations of single mothers and their children to the unimaginable misery of forced adoptions. Hundreds and thousands of families were touched by these policies. This moving memoir tells the exceptional story of one of them". Australian Books and Publishing.

The vote of thanks will be given by Sally Pryor, Features Editor of The Canberra Times

Pre-event book signings will be available from 5:30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and books will be available to purchase.