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The Salon Series: love and vulnerability

27 May 2022, 7:00pm8:30pm
Cost$35, and $30 concession and State Library Victoria Cultural Members
BookingsBookings required
Location Conversation Quarter
The Quad
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

At this salon event we’re taking a leaf out of Otis Redding’s book and trying a little tenderness.

Come along for a night that examines, champions and interrogates the power and politics of vulnerability. To open the evening, Andy Jackson will read from his VPLA-shortlisted book of poetry, Human looking, a ground-breaking and compassionate collection that gives voice to those with othered experiences of the body. 

Then, writers Sarah Krasnostein and Rick Morton will discuss structures of care and the fabric of our society. In her March Quarterly Essay, 'Not waving, drowning: mental illness and vulnerability in Australia', Krasnostein examines a society that often punishes vulnerability, but that does have the resources to mend this broken system. Morton’s memoir My year of living vulnerably charts his journey towards embracing the healing and transformative power of love, and his award-winning journalism explores how class, geography, disability and employment impact Australians’ experiences of social inclusion. Together, these remarkable writers will discuss the push and pull that take place across the broad spectrum of social policy, care and human vulnerability, with host Mahmood Fazal.

The evening will close with a powerful performance from Yorta Yorta storyteller, composer and musician Allara, whose work weaves textures of Country and music into healing soundscapes.

Enjoy a complimentary drink upon arrival. The bar will be open before, during and after the event.

Please note: general tickets are $35, and $30 for concession and State Library Victoria Cultural members, plus a one-off transaction fee of $4.40 per order. Tickets for First Nations people are free. Ticket includes one drink upon arrival.

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre

About the artists

Rick Morton

Rick Morton has been a journalist and writer for over 14 years. He is the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Award for Young Journalist of the Year and the 2017 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist. In 2019, Rick left The Australian, where he worked as the social affairs writer with a particular focus on social policy, and is now a senior reporter for the Saturday Paper. Rick regularly appears on television, radio and panels across both the ABC and commercial networks discussing politics, the media, writing and social policy.

Andy Jackson

Andy Jackson is a poet, essayist and creative writing teacher, who has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Ireland, India, the USA and across Australia. He has been shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry for Among the regulars (papertiger, 2010), the John Bray Poetry Award for Music our bodies can't hold (Hunter Publishers, 2017) and the Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry for human looking (Giramondo, 2021). Andy has co-edited disability-themed issues of Southerly and Australian Poetry Journal, and is currently working on a collection of lyric essays entitled 'Hunches: thinking through a body'.

Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein is the best-selling author of The trauma cleaner which won the Victorian Prize for Literature, the Victorian Premier’s Award Prize for Non-Fiction, and the Australian Book Industry Award for General Non-Fiction. She was nominated for the Walkley Book Award and was a finalist for the National Biography Award and the Wellcome Book Prize (UK). Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in Australia, the UK and America. Her latest book, The believer: encounters with love, death & faith was published in March 2021.


Allara is a powerful Yorta Yorta winyarr. She is a storyteller, composer, director, producer, musician and soundscape designer whose innovative music speaks to Blak justice and sovereignty. Allara was the recipient of the Archie Roach Foundation Award for Emerging Talent (Music Victoria Awards 2021) and is a founding member of Ensemble Dutala. Mentored by matriarchal Songwomen; her Djetja, Dr Lou Bennett AM, Deborah Cheetham AO and anganya Nancy Bates, Allara has become an unstoppable force for love, art, music and transformation, empowered by her yakapna (family) and her Ancestors, dhama yenbena (old people).

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