Author talk – Gabrielle Chan

Cootamundra Library | Wagga Wagga City Library |

Tuesday November 20

Why are we so fed up with politics?

Why are formerly rusted-on country voters deserting major parties in greater numbers than their city cousins?

Can ordinary people teach us more about the way forward for government?

Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Gabrielle Chan has gone hyper-local. In Rusted Off, she looks to her own rural community’s main street for answers to the big questions driving voters.

In 1996 – the year that Pauline Hanson entered parliament – Gabrielle, the city-born daughter of a Chinese migrant, moved to a sheep and wheat farm in country New South Wales. Rusted Off is her fresh take on an old rural narrative, informed by class and culture, belonging and broadband, committees and cake stalls, rural recession and reconciliation.

Gabrielle recounts conversations with her fellow residents – people who have no lobby group in Canberra – and describes communities that are forsaking the political process to move ahead of government.

Cootamundra Library
Tuesday 20 November – 2.30pm
Bookings: 02 6940 2200

Wagga Wagga City Library
Tuesday 20 November – 5.30pm
Bookings: Reserve your free seats here

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