Festival of Dangerous Ideas - Satellite

Please note that this event is now fully booked.

Can’t make it to Sydney? Then the Festival of Dangerous Ideas is coming to you!

Sydney Opera House is once again live streaming two 2016 festival highlights, bringing some of the world’s leading thinkers to where you are to discuss and debate the important ideas of our time.

Beginning with Break a Rule a Day, best-selling author and journalist Lionel Shriver toys with the theory that a rule broken daily is better for your health than an apple. Next Annabel Crabb and David Marr will spark a no doubt hilarious debate in The Government We Deserve? off the back of the July Federal election.

This event will be hosted by Ben Fox, Artistic Director of Red Hot Arts Central Australia. He'll be pitching some warm-up, brain-jogging questions before and after each livestream. We'll be providing a light morning tea between sessions, as well as tea and coffee.

Both talks will be Auslan signed.

Bookings are essential for this event. To book, call or visit Alice Springs Public Library by Friday 2 September.

Attend and share the Facebook event. Join the discussion with #FODI.

Dangerous Dinner:

Food For Thought; Is Local Better?

Red Hot Arts is hosting a stimulating informal dinner and discussion exploring ‘localism’ following on from the FODI Satellite at the Library. Click here for more information.

Annabel Crabb & David Marr

The Government We Deserve?

1:00pm ACST | Auslan signed

What makes us vote for one candidate and not another? Whichever way we vote, politicians say the electorate always gets it right at the ballot box, while cynics argue we get the government we deserve. What does our choice of Prime Minister say about us? Did we get it right this time?

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia’s most popular political commentators, is the presenter of Kitchen Cabinet and writes for The Drum. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and television and has appeared on Insiders and as stand-in host for 7.30. She is Australia’s most-followed journalist on Twitter (@annabelcrabb), a platform she uses to share political news and recipes. Annabel is the author of several books, including Rise of the Ruddbot and the 2014 bestseller The Wife Drought.

David Marr has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners, presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch and now writes for The Guardian. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson) and five Quarterly Essays: “His Master’s Voice”, “Power Trip”, “Political Animal”, “The Prince” and “Faction Man".

Lionel Shriver

Break a Rule a Day

11:00am ACST | Auslan signed

When you're on a bicycle at a red light with no car or pedestrian in sight, do you still wait for the green? Do you obey every single law? Surely fearful compliance with every niggling regulation defies the much-vaunted "freedom" that is the premise of democracy. Maybe that’s what drives our fascination with film and fiction criminality: we envy renegades. Is breaking a rule a day better than an apple for your health?

Lionel Shriver's books include the international bestselling We Need to Talk About Kevin as well as Big Brother, New Republic, So Much For That, The Post-Birthday World, Double Fault and Game Control. Her latest book is The Mandibles (2016). She writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The Independent. Lionel lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.


**Exclusive to FODI Satellite audiences**

Q&A with philosopher A.C. Grayling

12:30pm ACST

FODI satellite audiences can tune in to the live stream of A.C. Grayling in video conference with two satellite venues, James Cook University Townsville and Western Plains Cultural Centre.

All satellite audiences are invited to contribute to the discussion by texting their questions through.

A.C. Grayling is the Master of the New College of Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy, and the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. His new book, The Age of Genius, was published by Bloomsbury in April 2016. He is a columnist for Prospect magazine, and was for a number of years a columnist on The Guardian and Times. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3, 2 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2015 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 10:30 to 15:00
Event Contact Details 
8950 0555
Free | Bookings Required
Event Location 
Alice Springs Public Library