Madeleine O'Dea & Benjamin Law in Conversation
OzAsia Festival partners with Open State to present a daylong series of transcultural, transmedia events. Writing China is a literary banquet of sound, text and image from Australia and Greater China – fill your plate and think outside the takeaway box. Can creativity find room to breathe in a one-party state? Madeleine O'Dea’s The Phoenix Years tells the story of how China's 40-year rise from economic ruin to global giant unleashed creativity, thwarted hopes, and sparked tensions between the individual and the state that continue to this day. Benjamin Law joins Madeleine in conversation about the special role of the avant-garde in contemporary China.
Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based TV screenwriter, journalist and newspaper columnist, who has PhD in creative writing and cultural studies. He’s the author of two books — The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Que...
Madeleine O'Dea is a writer and journalist who has covered China’s political and cultural life for the past three decades. She first went to Beijing in 1986 as a correspondent for The Australian Financial Review, then covere...
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