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Thu, 17 June


Better Read Than Dead - upstairs

Monica Dux in conversation with Jane Caro

Join Monica Dux in her attempt to exorcise her religious upbringing, and to answer the question, is Catholicism like a blood group and, if so, is it possible to get a total transfusion?

Monica Dux in conversation with Jane Caro
Monica Dux in conversation with Jane Caro

Time & Location

17 June 2021, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEST

Better Read Than Dead - upstairs, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia


About The Event

With wry humour and razor-sharp observations, Monica's investigations lead her to test a miracle cure in Lourdes and visit the grave of a headless Saint who claimed to be married to Christ (and wore a wedding ring made of his foreskin to prove it). She speaks to canon lawyers, abuse survivors and even a nun who insists that the Virgin Mary starts her car every morning. 

About the Author

Monica Dux is a writer, and a columnist for The Age. She was a founding board member of the Stella Prize, and the Feminist Writers Festival. In a former life, Monica researched history at the University of Melbourne, worked at Melbourne University Publishing and on The Monthly magazine. She is the author of Things I Didn't Expect (When I Was Expecting), co-author of The Great Feminist Denial and editor of the anthology Mothermorphosis.

About the Moderator

Jane Caro (AM) is a Walkley Award winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. She spent 35 years as an award winning copywriter and 7 years teaching Advertising Creative in the School of Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. These days she is a full time writer, social commentator, speaker and broadcaster.

She has published twelve books, including three novels Just a Girl, Just a Queen and Just Flesh & Blood – a trilogy on Elizabeth Tudor, and a memoir Plain Speaking Jane. She created and edited Unbreakable featuring stories women writers had never told before, which was published just before the Harvey Weinstein revelations. Her latest book Accidental Feminists about the life story of women over 50 was launched in 2019. She is currently working on a novel.

She appears frequently on ABC Radio, The Drum, Sunrise & Weekend Sunrise. She created and presented 5 documentary series for ABC Compass, airing in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. She and Catherine Fox present a popular podcast with Podcast One, Austereo Women With Clout. She writes regular columns in Nine Newspapers and her opinion pieces appear regularly in The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Big Smoke.

She is on the boards of Bell Shakespeare and The Public Education Foundation.


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