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Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer is an Australian writer, academic, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature, widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the later 20th century.

Her ideas have created controversy ever since her book The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, turning her into a household name and bringing her both adulation and opposition. She is also the author of many other books including, Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991) and Shakespeare’s Wife (2007).

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Greer was educated at Melbourne and Sydney Universities. In 1964 she emigrated to England where she studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, gaining her PhD in 1967.

Germaine Greer joined the student amateur acting company, the Cambridge Footlights, which launched her into the London arts and media scene. Using the pen name Rose Blight, she also wrote a gardening column for the satirical magazine Private Eye, and as Dr. G, she became a regular contributor to the underground London magazine Oz.

From 1968-1973 she lectured in English at Warwick University. This period encompassed the publication of her famous book, The Female Eunuch in 1970, which had a pivotal role in a key period for feminism. Also in 1968 she received her Ph.D. on the topic of Elizabethan drama with a thesis titled The Ethic of Love and Marriage in Shakespeare’s early comedies, and accepted a lectureship in English at the University of Warwick.

Following her success with the publication in 1970 of The Female Eunuch, Greer resigned her post at Warwick University in 1972 after travelling the world to promote her book. She co-presented a Granada Television comedy show called “Nice Time with Kenny Everett and Jonathan Routh“ and wrote a column for The Sunday Times. Germaine Greer has written for many periodicals and was a regular pundit on BBC2’s The Late Review. She’s also made frequent appearances on the BBC’s satirical television show Have I Got News For You.

Germaine Greer was one of the contestants on Celebrity Big Brother (2005). She’d previously said that the show was “as civilised as looking through the keyhole in your teenager’s bedroom door“. – she walked out of the show after five days inside the Big Brother house. In 2006 she appeared twice in an episode of Ricky Gervais’ Extras playing herself.

Germaine Greer was listed in Prospect Magazine’s 100 Greatest Thinkers.

Feature Event – Voyager Main Stage

Festival Launch

Friday | 3 May | 6pm-8pm

Join us for the opening of the 2019 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival. Enjoy Voyager Estate wines plus a delicious selection of canapés, while the funky jazz sounds of local band, The River Bugs fill the air. Guests will then be seated for a welcome to country by Wadandi man Iszaac (Waalitj) Webb, and a talk by special guest Professor Germaine Greer, who will share stories about her life and career.

Sponsored by: State Government of Western Australia, Voyager Estate & Margaret River Catering and Hire

Ticket: $35 | $25 Arts Hub Members

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Voyager Main Stage

Germaine Greer: On Rape

Saturday | 4 May | 12pm

Join one of the most significant feminist voices of our time, Germaine Greer, as she discusses her controversial new essay, On Rape. While the #metoo movement has brought the pervasive nature of predatory behaviour to top of mind, Greer argues that centuries of different approaches to rape, as inflicted by men on women, have got us nowhere and there has to be a better way.

Presented by: Geraldine Doogue | Sponsored by: Arts Margaret River

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Voyager Main Stage

Protecting Wild Places with Germaine Greer

Sunday | 5 May | 11am

Germaine Greer bought 60ha of steep rocky land in southeast Queensland in 2001. Germaine became an interface between the forest and the world of humans, doing her best to protect it from exploitation and desecration. Join Professor Greer as she recounts the experience and shows how we all have an opportunity to do the same.

Presented by: Geraldine Doogue

Ticket: $40 or included in Festival Pass


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Germaine Greer: On Rape

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Saturday | 4 May | 12pm
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Protecting Wild Places with Germaine Greer

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Sunday | 5 May | 11am
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