Stan Grant will be in conversation with Mark Kenny on Stan's new book Australia Day, the long-awaited follow up to his Walkley award-winning and bestselling memoir Talking to My Country. Australia Day asks the questions that have to be asked, that no else seems to be asking. Who are we? What is our country? How do we move forward from here?
As Stan has written, "As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away". Australia Day is a sad, wise, beautiful, reflective and troubled book, about who we are as a nation, about the indigenous struggle for belonging and identity in Australia, and what it means to be Australian.
Talking to My Country is "a story so essential and salutary to this place that it should be given out free at the ballot box". The Australian
Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi man. A journalist since 1987, he has worked for the ABC, SBS, CNN, the Seven Network and Sky News Australia. In 2015 Talking to My Country won the Walkley Book Award and Stan also won a Walkley Award for his coverage of Indigenous affairs. In 2016 he was appointed to the Referendum Council on Indigenous Recognition. Stan is now Professor of Global Affairs at Griffith University and International Affairs Analyst at ABC.
Mark Kenny was appointed Senior Fellow at the Australian Studies Institute ANU in January 2019 after a high-profile journalistic career culminating in six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times. He is a regular on the ABC's Insiders program, Sky News Agenda, and radio programs across the country.
Book signings at before and after the event by Harry Hartog Bookshop. Stan will also be signing copies of On Identity. Tribalism, nationalism and sectarianism are dividing the world into us and them. Communities are a tinderbox of anger and resentment. Stan argues that it is time to leave identity behind and to embrace cosmopolitanism. On Identity is a meditation on hope and community.