The Case Against Fragrance/Anaethesia

Kate Cole-Adams + Kate Grenville

Queensland Terrace, State Library of Queensland

Ethics / Health



#About the event


Kate Cole-Adams

Kate Cole-Adams

Kate Cole-Adams is a Melbourne-based writer and journalist. Her 2017 book Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness, won the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award (non-fiction category) and longlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. It is a personal, journalistic and philosophical exploration of what happens when we go under. Her 2008 novel, Walking to the Moon, was short-listed in the 2006 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (Unpublished Manuscript).

She is fascinated by unconscious processes and other things she can’t understand.

Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian’s Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History.

In 2015 she published One Life, an acclaimed account of her mother. Her most recent book is a non-fiction book called The Case Against Fragrance.


Scott Stephens

Scott Stephens

Scott Stephens is Editor of the ABC’s Religion and Ethics website, and specialist commentator on religion and ethics for ABC radio and television. He presented two series of the critically acclaimed “Life’s Big Questions” program for Compass on ABC1, and has been guest presenter of Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC local radio. Before coming to the ABC, Scott taught theology, ethics and Semitic studies for many years.

He has published widely on moral philosophy, theology and political theory, and is currently writing a book on whether public ethics can survive in a media age. He is editing a further two volumes: on theological ethics and social order, and on political Islam and the collapse of the Arab Spring.

He has spoken at dozens of international conferences on issues ranging from theology and aesthetics through to education and mental health. He has also co-edited and translated the selected works of the philosopher and cultural critic, Slavoj Zizek, which was named by The Guardian one of its 'Books of the Year' in 2007.

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