The Griffith Lecture 2018

Unfettered and Alive

By Anne Summers AO

“I was born into a world that expected very little of women like me. We were meant to tread lightly on the earth, influencing events through our husbands and children, if at all. We were meant to fade into invisibility as we aged. I defied all of these expectations and so have millions of women like me.”

Anne Summers has had an extraordinary career as a journalist, author, policy maker, political advisor, bureaucrat, board member, editor, publisher, and political activist. She has helped us to see things differently, beginning with the publication of her classic, Damned Whores and God’s Police, a book which upended our understanding of Australia’s history and present-day society.

Anne has influenced and often shaped the political, cultural and social fabric of Australia. She continues to make waves — remaining as committed as ever to bringing change to Australian women.

“…an utterly singular woman, who always says “Yes” to life even when it scares her.” 

— Annabel Crabb

ANNE SUMMERS has been prominent in the Australia media and in feminist activism for the past four decades. She has advised governments, been an award-winning journalist, edited magazines – in Australia and in New York – led the international environmental organisation Greenpeace and even had her image on a postage stamp. She is the author of eight books, including the classic Damned Whores and God’s Police, Ducks on the Pond, The Lost Mother and The Misogyny Factor.Damned Whores and God’s PoliceDucks on the PondThe Lost Mother, and The Misogyny Factor.

Please join us after the lecture for light refreshments in the Conservatorium Foyer where Anne will be available to sign copies of her new book, Unfettered and Alive: A Memoir.

*This event will have an Auslan interpreter. If you require this service, please contact directly to register.

This event is presented in partnership with Avid Reader and Allen & Unwin.


6 for 6.30pm

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University – South Bank

This event is FREE but registration is essential as seats are strictly limited.

*This event will have an Auslan interpreter.