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Louise Adler on why writing matters

Louise Adler discusses the literary responses to 9/11 and why – in this period when the visual has us enthralled – words seem to matter more rather than less.

Louise is CEO and publisher of Melbourne University Publishing. She is considered an 'ideas broker', with a deep understanding of the modern university and the book business, and has done stints as arts and entertainment editor for The Age and presenter of ABC Radio National's Arts today.

This Redmond Barry Lecture was held on 30 July 2007.