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Sat, 03 Apr


St Stephen's Anglican Church, Newtown

Rick Morton and Ellen Fanning

From Rick Morton, the author of the bestselling, critically acclaimed memoir 'One Hundred Years of Dirt' comes a dazzlingly brilliant book about love, trauma and recovery, 'My Year of Living Vulnerably'. Join Rick Morton and Ellen Fanning as we celebrate the launch of the book.

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Rick Morton and Ellen Fanning
Rick Morton and Ellen Fanning

Time & Location

03 Apr 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm AEDT

St Stephen's Anglican Church, Newtown, 189 Church St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia


About The Event

'People think they want cars - and they do, to get to jobs and appointments in cities and regions where public transport has failed them. But what gets them into those cars, out of the house, out of bed for God's sake, is love.' - Rick Morton

Join us as Rick Morton and Ellen Fanning celebrate the launch of My Year of Living Vulnerably - a book about getting better and rediscovering the essential power of love.

Tickets are $5 or FREE when you pre-purchase a copy of the book.

Numbers are limited, so get in quick.

About the Book

 In early 2019, Rick Morton, author of acclaimed, bestselling memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt, was diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder - which, as he says, is just a fancy way of saying that one of the people who should have loved him the most during childhood didn't.

So, over the course of twelve months, he went on a journey to rediscover love. To get better. Not cured, not fixed. Just, better. My Year of Living Vulnerably is a book about his journey to betterness, his year of living vulnerably. It's a book about love. What love is, how we see it, what forms it takes, how we practice it in our lives, what it means to us, and how we really, really can't live without it, even if, like Rick for many years, we think we can.

Praise for the Book

'Wonderfully readable and wide-ranging exploration of the visible and invisible touchstones of our lives ... this is nourishing reading for our lonely, frightening and fraught times. Part self-help book, part treatise on the importance of love, kindness and forgiveness ... Morton is a national treasure and we need more like him.' -  Books+Publishing

About the Author

Rick Morton has been a journalist and writer for over fifteen 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.

About the Moderator

Ellen Fanning is best known for her work as an award-winning current affairs journalist.

At 24, she broke new ground, becoming the first woman to host one of ABC Radio’s national current affairs programs. Two years at the helm of PM were followed by several years anchoring AM on ABC Radio and serving as occasional host of ABC TV’s 7.30 Report.

Ellen also served as the ABC’s Washington correspondent and has reported from locations as diverse as Transylvania and the North Pole, under the Indian Ocean aboard an Australian Navy submarine and 30,000 feet over Serbia from a US Air Force refuelling jet.

Ellen Fanning has interviewed every current and former Australian Prime Minister from John Howard to John Gorton and has met and interviewed world leaders from France, Britain, Ireland, Israel and the United States.

Most recently, Ellen Fanning has been a reporter for the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes and Sunday programs. She has also had extensive experience moderating political, business and community events in Australia.

As a facilitator Ellen Fanning’s strength lies in her ability to clarify goals, define roles and reach agreed outcomes across both cultural and language barriers.

With a wealth of experience in communications, politics, social, cultural and business issues, Ellen Fanning’s informative and stimulating presentations make her an ideal moderator, facilitator and keynote speaker.


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