Writer Germaine Greer to celebrate Australian language

August 19, 2012 by  

Celebrated feminist and writer Germaine Greer will be discussing the highs and lows of the Australian language in a special event at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival.

In a keynote address on Thursday, August 30, at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Greer will talk about the country’s language and how it has changed over the years. During her talk, she will discuss whether it is right to try to standardise the Australian language or whether all its regional dialects and quirks should be celebrated rather than eradicated.

As well as her keynote presentation, Melbourne-born Greer, whose books have been reproduced by printing companies numerous times, will talk about her life and works on Friday, August 31. In this talk, she will cover many of her books and talk about her passions, including eco-feminism. Books by Greer and other authors appearing at the festival will be available in the festival bookshop during the event.

The Melbourne Writers Festival offers events for literary fans of all genres and visitors from Hawthorn and surrounding suburbs will be sure to find something to suit their taste. Alongside keynote speakers, which also include British actor Simon Callow talking about Charles Dickens, the festival has a number of smaller events, including conversations with Australian writers and workshops for budding novelists. There are also a series of readings and events aimed at children and families.

The festival runs from Thursday, August 23 to Sunday, September 2. For more information and tickets, visit the Melbourne Writers Festival website.