Madeleine O’Dea in conversation with Diana Simmonds

  • May 04, 2018
  • 12.30pm - 2.00pm
  • The Women's Club Rose Scott Library, Level 4, 179 Elizabeth Street, Sydney,

In association with the Women’s Club and the Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival.

Madeleine O’Dea, author of The Phoenix Years, in conversation with Diana Simmonds.

The Phoenix Years tells the amazing story of China’s rise from economic ruin to global giant since opening up in 1978. As a journalist and foreign correspondent, Madeleine O’Dea has been an eyewitness to this for over 30 years, covering China’s political, economic and cultural life, including the explosion of its contemporary art scene and the struggle for freedom of expression.

The Phoenix Years won the 2017 Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize for literary research, was a finalist in the 2017 Walkley Book Award, and was chosen by the Grattan Institute for the Prime Minister’s 2016 Summer Reading List.

About the speakers

Madeleine was the Beijing correspondent for The Australian Financial Review in the late 1980s, covered China through the 1990s as a producer with ABC Television and in 2004 became a presenter and editor with China Radio International in Beijing.  She later served as the arts editor for the magazine, the Beijinger. In 2010 she became the founding editor-in-chief of ARTINFO China and the Asia correspondent for Art+Auction and Modern Painters magazines.

Diana Simmonds, one of Sydney’s best-known and most respected arts commentators and critics, was a judge of the 2017 Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism. She runs the influential arts website, was a founder member of the annual Sydney Theatre Awards, and co-presents Arts Tuesday, Sydney radio’s liveliest and most informative arts show.  She has contributed to the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, the Sunday Telegraph and ABC 702. The Phoenix Years will be available for sale in the club’s foyer from Better Read than Dead.

Event Details 

Registration is free but required for set up purposes. RSVP by May 2. 

An express lunch available from 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm may be booked at the same time as registration for $22.50.

TWC members may register via the member portal with lunch for $20.00.

Friday 4 May 2018 1.00 – 2.00pm
The Women’s Club Rose Scott Library
Level 4, 179 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW