Atheists, Secularists, Skeptics And Feminists! Upcoming Australian Book Events You MUST Catch – Melbourne And Perth

I have to tell you. Some brilliant, unmissable events are coming up next month and it’s going to go like this:


Tuesday, 2 February, ‎6.30pm: Russell Blackford: Freedom of Religion and the Secular State –  BOOK LAUNCHRSVP essential places limited and seats already half gone! Head to

Also in Melbourne will be Alom Shaha, at the Wheeler Centre on the 27th February – more details at the Embiggen Books blog and at the Wheeler Centre site.



There’s a great number of fantabulous authors who are coming to town for the Perth Writers Festival… but you must not miss:

Leslie Cannold - there’s three events she’ll be speaking at – her Book of Rachael is a staggering work of absolute brilliance. Leslie Cannold (VIC) is an author, commentator, ethicist, activist and award-winning columnist, oft-noted as one of Australia’s leading thinkers. In 2011 she was made Australian Humanist of the Year. She discusses ethics on 702 ABC Sydney, Brisbane Radio 4BC and The 7pm Project, and her ‘Moral Dilemma’ column appears on Sundays in the Sun-Herald. Her first novel is The Book of Rachael

Alom Shaha – Yes, that’s his book in the picture!! Alom Shaha (UK) is a filmmaker, science writer and public speaker, who also finds time to teach Physics at a Comprehensive School in London. He has a reputation for making science and other difficult ideas easy to understand for mass audiences, having worked as a creative consultant on projects from community arts events to children’s TV programs. His creative approach to science communication has been recognised with a fellowship from the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts. He’s the author of The Young Atheist’s Handbook.

Jane Caro – She was fantastic at the last Global Atheists Convention too, so I’m looking forward to her talks. Jane Caro (NSW) is a freelance copywriter, lecturer, author and media commentator. And a proud mum! She has been a copywriter in the advertising biz for 30 years… Somehow, she manages to squeeze in a job as a part-time lecturer in Advertising Creative at the University of Western Sydney. She is on the Boards of The Public Education Foundation and Bell Shakespeare and is the author of two non-fiction books as well as Just A Girl.

Some of the events that I’ll be catching include:


Sat 25 Feb 2012 - Judeo-Christian traditions saturate our culture but are they still relevant? Do we need God’s guidance to be good? Alom Shaha, Leslie Cannold, Jane Caro and Canon Frank Sheehan discuss. BOOKINGS & INFO – and the Perth Atheists have an RSVP too.


Sun 26 Feb 2012 - Does every opinion on climate change need to be given the same weight, no matter what the qualifications of the opinion giver? Has the media’s approach confused the messages around climate change? Andrew Jaspan, Stephen Lewandowsky, Alom Shaha, James Paterson.

Other events that have caught my eye include:

Has Multiculturalism Failed? - Octagon Theatre, UWA 11:00am – 12:00pm – 25 Feb 2012
Public EngagementHackett Hall – 5:00pm – 6:00pm, 26 Feb 2012.
Women’s WorkRomeo Tent, Perth Writers Festival Precinct- 12:30pm – 1:30pm, 26 Feb 2012.
See you around the festival!

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a former Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide. She regularly presents a news and current affairs show on RTRFM's The Mag (tune in on Tuesdays!).
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science. She files her nails while they drag the lake.