2 - 3pm : Stop one
Join literary journal Meanjin and guests, Lachlann Carter (100 Story Building), Alice Gage (Ampersand), Liam Pieper and Sofija Stefanovic (School of Life) at Young and Jackson's for a game of Canon Foder! If you've ever called Evelyn Waugh a 'she' or George Eliot a 'he', if you keep an unopened copy of Ulysses on your bookshelf, or refer to Frankenstein as the monster, then this is the event for you. With your help, Meanjin will put our select group of contestants through their paces to separate the literary wheat from the illiterate chaff, and once and for all decide whether the canon is all it's cracked up to be, or whether you can be a literary master without ever cracking a spine.
Join poets and performers and reflect on poetry of World War One at St Michael's Uniting Church with Simon Armitage, Maxine Beneba Clark, Alison Croggon, First Dog on the Moon, Sian Prior, Mark Seymour, Sigrid Thornton and Richard Stubbs.
Catch a tram straight down Flinders St to Mission to Seafarers. To celebrate fifty years of Harriet the Spy, comedian Jennifer Wong alongside Claire Hooper, Nath Valvo, Chelsea Hughes and Jack Druce, share tales from children's books that made them laugh and cry well before they got their pen license. Join the Australian comedians most likely to have spent school lunches in the library, as they introduce you to fictional friends who've endured as trusty companions well into adulthood.
Head down to the School of Life classroom for a session reflecting on and sharing with others the books that have shaped you, in an atmosphere of open-ness and literary curiosity. Literature can transform us. Gripping stories of familiar characters and strange plot lines can provide us with deep insight into the profound and the everyday. Characters we love and love to hate can say things that challenge who we are and what we think of the world around us. The School of Life is devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. Whether it is contemporary crime fiction or the Greek classics, there is a good chance a book has helped you understand your world in a different way. In Preparation, think of a book that has changed you in some way, and how it has shaped you. Bring an extract from the book, printed out in hard copy, to share with others in the session.