I’m thrilled to have been invited by Melbourne Library Service to be part of ‘Paint the Town READ, a cultural program to coincide with Melbourne’s hosting of the 20th International AIDS Conference.
From Sunday 20 July to Friday 25 July at venues throughout the City Of Melbourne, authors, comedians, storytellers and poets will be Painting the Town Read with stories of discrimination followed by a Q&A session. The idea is to delve into the language of story, which address discrimination in all its manifestations and attempt to give dignity to what is often inhumane experience.
This initiative brings together multiple passions and interests of mine: before I became a published author of crime fiction set in Thailand, I spent over six years in the 1990s working on HIV/AIDS prevention programs for the Australian Red Cross that covered Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma and southern China. I later headed up Family Planning Australia’s International Program, working mostly in the South Pacific.
Not the usual author talk, I will be reading scenes from my novels dealing with issues of social justice, perception and discrimination, followed by Q&A.
Tuesday 22 July, 12pm to 12.45pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Foyer
31 Sturt St, Southbank
Free event – book here. All welcome.
See here for more information, or contact Justine at City Library 9658 9500.
Oh, this sounds wonderful! I wish I could be there. I’m sure you’ll do a fantastic job, Angela.
Thanks Margot. Very excited to be part of this.
What an honour – well done, Angela!
Thanks Fe. It *is* an honour.
Congratulations! I’m sure you’ and Jayne will do well at this endeavor. As I recall, those discussions in Behind the Night Bazaar are quite profound.
Thanks Kathy. We’re all a bit raw here following the deaths of some prominent HIV/AIDS researchers and activists on MH17, the plane shot down over Ukraine, as they were en route to the AIDS conference in Melbourne. It’s in honour of their work and legacy that the conference and all the associated events go on.