with Sophie Cunningham & Michael Christie / chaired by Scott Ludlam
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“A tree is never just a tree” writes Sophie Cunningham in her stunning essay collection, City of Trees. She marvels at the grandeur and intensity of trees and their forests, and their capacity to tell the story of their surrounds. In Michael Christie’s Greenwood, wealthy tourists flock to an exclusive arboreal resort to experience the great majesty of Earth’s last cache of trees. Both books vividly and profoundly remind us of what we stand to lose if our wholescale destruction of trees continues.
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Michael Christie’s debut novel, If I Fall, If I Die (2015), was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Kirkus Prize, and was selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His essays and book reviews appear in publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Michael’s new book Greenwood is already a bestseller in his native Canada and was also long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Sophie Cunningham AM is the author of five books, most recently City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest. She is a former publisher and editor, was a co-founder of the Stella Prize and is now an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University’s Non/fiction Lab.
Scott Ludlam was an Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia from July 2008 to July 2017, and served as Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens. He was spokesperson for Communications, Housing and Sustainable Cities, Defence, and Nuclear Issues. He's a long-term anti-nuclear campaigner.