- Tuesday 24 June 2008
From Local Government councillor to the Federal Senate and President of the United Nations in Australia, Margaret Reynolds’ life has been one of growing awareness, passion and commitment to meaningful causes.
A senator in the Australian Parliament for 16 years and Queensland's first female senator, Margaret returns to Queensland to speak about her book, Living Politics at Reality Bites, the weekend literary feast at the Majestic Theatre 5 - 6 July.
Reynolds has spent more than 40 years working for the equality of women and social justice reform in Australia and Internationally. She was elected to the Senate in 1983 and was made the Australian Government's Representative on the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation from 1991 - 1996. Since leaving Parliament in1999, she has taught Human Rights and International Politics and continued her human rights advocacy as National President of the United Nations Association of Australia (1999 – 2005).
As Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania since 2004, Margaret has worked in disability policy and advocacy and is State Manager of National Disability Services in Tasmania.
Her book, Living Politics, published by University Queensland Press, tracing her career in Australian and International politics, was released in 2007.
Margaret is one of the 20 guest writers appearing at Reality Bites on 5 - 6 July, in a program focused on non-fiction and covering memoir to biography, history to socio political commentary, satire, film, documentary and verbatim theatre.
The program includes award winning writers such as Susanna de Vries, Gideon Haigh and John Birmingham as well as new titles to be launched - Art Life Chooks: Learning to leave the city and love the country by local writer Annette Hughes and Sandy Mackinnon’s, The Unlikely voyage of Jack de Crow.
“While most festivals now include a non-fiction component in their programming, none have a total focus on non fiction. Non-fiction is also the biggest selling category of books in bookshops and has an overwhelming presence on the Internet,” says Reality Bites organiser, Bernice Childs.
Reality Bites: a literary feast for writers and readers
Where: Majestic Theatre, Pomona
When: Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 July 2008
Festival opening – 6:30PM Friday 4 July at Berkelouw Books, Eumundi