Bob Carr will today launch a new series of books entitled Little Books on Big Themes at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney at 5pm. All of the distinguished writers in this first series will be in attendence including Germaine Greer, Blanche d’Alpuget, Barrie Kosky and David Malouf.
Published by Melbourne University Publishing this series of Little Books on Big Themes pairs leading Australian thinkers and cultural figures with some of the big themes in life.
The first books in this ongoing series feature four Australian icons writing 10,000 words on their chosen theme. These will include Barrie Kosky’s On Ecstasy, a wonderfully vivid and humourous meditation on the pleasures of chicken soup, mink coats and locker rooms; and Blanche d’Alpuget’s On Longing is a deeply personal essay on desire, writing and faith.
By contrast Germaine Greer’s On Rage is a blistering provocation about Aboriginal violence and alienation. David Malouf’s essay is an exquisitely crafted reflection, both personal and literary, On Experience.
These first books will be followed by four more releases in October: Don Watson On Indignation, Malcolm Knox On Obsession, Anne Summers On Luck and Gay Bilson On Digestion.