Schedule | Words On Water

10:00am-10:30am
Wednesday 06, November 2019

Morning Music

Fishtrap Theatre

10:45am-11:45am
Wednesday 06, November 2019
Shashi Tharoor in conversation Stephen Smith
Fishtrap Theatre

Prolific writer and politician Shashi Tharoor has a predilection for long words and telling phrases. His unerring sense of humour lightens up the serious oeuvre of his work, which includes a powerful indictment of colonialism, a philosophical appreciation of the Hindu religion and hard-hitting political critiques. In conversation with Stephen Smith, he speaks of the personal and the political and the beliefs and ideas that have anchored him in his public life and literary career.

12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday 06, November 2019
William Dalrymple introduced by Sanjoy K. Roy
Fishtrap Theatre

In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new administration run by English merchants who collected taxes through means of a ruthless private army, what we would now call an act of involuntary privatisation.  

The East India Company’s founding charter authorised it to 'wage war' and it had always used violence to gain its ends. But the creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation dealing in silks and spices, and became something much more unusual: an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational business. In less than 500 years, it had trained up a security force of around 200,000 men and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company’s reach stretched until almost all of India and was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.  

The Anarchy charts how one of the world’s most magnificent empires disintegrated and how it came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before.

1:15pm-2:15pm
Wednesday 06, November 2019
Ben Stubbs in conversation with Anthony James
Fishtrap Theatre

A compelling session that explores journeys across Asia and Australia. Ben Stubbs is the author of the recent The Crow Eaters: A Journey Through South Australia, a record of his voyage of discovery in his own backyard and home state. He follows the history of the camels and cameleers who travelled to the Outback from Afghanistan and India in the 1860s. In conversation with Anthony James, Stubbs explores changing notions of travel and new ways to look at places far and near.

2:30pm-3:30pm
Wednesday 06, November 2019
Paulo Lemos Horta in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
Fishtrap Theatre

Writer and translator Paulo Lemos Horta explores the cultural and literary history of the Arabian Nights and of the travellers, storytellers and translators who gave the world these unforgettable tales. Horta’s most recent book, Aladdin: A New Translation, is an elegant edition of one of the best-loved folktales of all time. He is also the author of the illuminating Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights. In conversation with producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Sanjoy K. Roy, he speaks of the stories along with the stories behind the stories and provides a fascinating glimpse of the great cultural reservoir of Arab, Persian and Indian narratives.

3:45pm-4:45pm
Wednesday 06, November 2019
Robin Jeffrey and Toby Terlet in conversation John Zubrzycki
Fishtrap Theatre

An impactful session on garbage and growth in India that examines the traditional ‘kabaadiwalas’ (recyclers) and ragpickers, the stigmatised sanitation workers dealing with sewage and toxic chemicals and the solutions that can arise through changes in social attitudes and innovative technology. Robin Jeffrey, is the co-author of Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India. Toby Terlet is the Project Director at Kwinana O&M which is working on delivering Australia's first Waste to Energy facility in Perth. In conversation with author and journalist John Zubrzycki.

5:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday 06, November 2019
Frank Dikötter in conversation Mark Beeson
Fishtrap Theatre

A timely discussion with historian Frank Dikötter on his recently published book How to be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century. He discusses the ideological constructs and pathologies from the past as well as from modern dictators. In conversation with Mark Beeson, he speaks of charismatic leaders and how their influence takes hold and sustains itself to create the cult of personality.

10:00am-10:30am
Thursday 07, November 2019
Fishtrap Theatre

 

 

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10:45am-11:45am
Thursday 07, November 2019
Mohammed Massoud Morsi in conversation with Ken Spillman
Fishtrap Theatre

In times of great political unrest, often what is overlooked is the everyday existence of the individual. Mohammed Massoud Morsi’s The Palace of Angels, the third in a trilogy looking into the lives of people living in conflict areas, reflects human experiences at the ground level. Morsi weaves reality and politics into his fictional characters against the backdrop of devastating dispossession.

12:00pm-1:00pm
Thursday 07, November 2019
Arundhathi Subramaniam in conversation with Melizarani T.Selva
Fishtrap Theatre

Versatile writer and poet Arundhathi Subramaniam weaves tales of culture and spirituality through her work. Subramaniam’s latest book of poems, Love Without A Story, circles the ideas of time, intimacy and the urgency of conversations. She has authored the acclaimed When God is A Traveller, Sadguru, More Than a Life, The Book of Buddha and co-authored Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga with Sadhguru. She has also edited Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry. In conversation with poet Melizarani T. Selva, she takes us on a journey through her words, inspirations and faith.

1:15pm-2:15pm
Thursday 07, November 2019
Paulo Lemos Horta and John Zubrzycki in conversation with Robin Jeffrey
Fishtrap Theatre

A session that imagines the future and makes us realise that the future is now. Are we sleepwalking into an AI future? By 2062, we will have built machines as intelligent as us. An essential discussion with Professor of Artificial Intelligence Toby Walsh about how AI will evolve and the choices we need to make to ensure that we remain in control of the narrative.

2:30pm-3:30pm
Thursday 07, November 2019
Kim Scott in conversation with Anthony James
Fishtrap Theatre

Weaving together hope, despair, destruction and survival, award-winning writer Kim Scott, in his latest book Taboo, introduces a tale of the present heavily rooted in the past. In conversation with Anthony James, Scott dwells on the history of a small group of Aboriginal people and their re-connection with their language, lore and country.

3:45pm-4:45pm
Thursday 07, November 2019
John Zubrzycki in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
Fishtrap Theatre

India's association with magicians goes back thousands of years. Conjurors and illusionists dazzled the courts of Hindu maharajas and Mughal emperors. As British dominion spread over the subcontinent, such wonder-workers became synonymous with India. Western magicians appropriated Indian attire, tricks and stage names; switching their turbans for top hats, Indian jugglers fought back and earned their grudging respect. In this session, John Zubrzycki, in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy, tells the extraordinary story of how Indian magic descended from the realm of the gods to become part of daily ritual and popular entertainment across the globe. Recounting tales of levitating Brahmins, resurrections, prophesying monkeys and 'the most famous trick never performed', Empire of Enchantment: The Story of Indian Magic vividly charts Indian magic's epic journey from street to the stage.

5:00pm-6:00pm
Thursday 07, November 2019
Omar Sakr, Melizarani T. Selva and Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, introduced by Arundhathi Subramaniam
Fishtrap Theatre

Weaving questions of politics, religion, love and identity through their words, poets make powerful storytellers and commentators. Melizarani T. Selva is a spoken-word artist, poetry educator and author of Taboo. Omar Sakr is the author of The Lost Arabs and These Wild Houses. Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a spoken word artist, performer and playwright whose work provokes conversations on identity and feminism. They come together in a session of powerful readings that highlights the correlation of word, voice and text.