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Writers Weekend

Open Books, Open Minds

With Deborah Conway, Alisha Aitken-Radburn & Peter Dowding

Open Books, Open Minds Sun 25 Feb Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia $25
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Sun 25 Feb at Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia, from $25

Presented in association with Writing WA

Deborah Conway (Book of Life), Alisha Aitken-Radburn (The Villain Edit) and Peter Dowding (Secret Agent, Unsung Hero) unravel the intricacies of living in the spotlight and navigating the realms of both public and private life. Learn from the unparalleled insights into their multifaceted worlds.

Deborah Conway

Deborah has been a musician for over 40 years. Innovator, motivator, role model, facilitator and entrepreneur, Deborah is fearless in her risk taking, has pushed and pulled existing boundaries and has always argued her cause with integrity and intelligence to pursue the highest standards of whatever is in her sights. Aside from releasing a dozen studio albums and playing countless live shows, Deborah has been a producer, festival director, actor and is soon to be a published author.

Alisha Aitken-Radburn

Alisha is a former Labor government staffer who appeared on both The Bachelor and The Bachelor in Paradise. She is a regular contributor to triple j's youth current affairs program, Hack, and the former host of In the House and In the Senate, featuring conversations with the women of Australian Parliament, and Cocktails and Roses, recapping The Bachelor and The Bachelorette with Osher Gnsberg. The Villain Edit is her first book.

Peter Dowding SC

Peter is a leading Australian lawyer and former politician. After graduating from the University of Western Australia, Peter was admitted to the Bar in 1966 and quickly became prominent representing conscientious objectors to conscription during the Vietnam War, and as an advocate of Aboriginal land and civil rights. First elected to Western Australia’s Parliament in 1980, he served in both legislative chambers and held numerous government portfolios, serving as the State’s 24th Premier. Awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003, Peter lives in Fremantle, Australia.

Time & Location

Sun 25 Feb

11am Discovery Lounge, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Northbridge / Yandilup



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