IOLA MATHEWS 'Freefalling towards Sixty'

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  • Location: Noosa Springs Country Club, Noosa Springs 4567 Queensland

What about me? -- looking for happiness

Former ACTU women's advocate Iola Mathews found herself in her mid fifties feeling washed up. She wanted to leave her job in order to write, but spent most of her free time helping her elderly mother and pregnant daughter. Iola faced a dilemma familiar to many women -- how to nurture her own needs and creativity without neglecting her responsibility to the people she loved.

The birth of a new grandchild gave her joy, but her mother's decline made Iola face up to her own mortality. In this thought provoking session Iola will discuss with Caroline Baum her latest book My Mother, My Writing and Me, which explores many of the issues facing women (and men) in their fifties and sixties.

A former journalist with The Age Iola is the author of How to Use the Media in Australia. She was a founder of the Women's Electoral Lobby, and in 1984 went to the Australian Council of Trade Unions to run the women's employment program. Later she became an industrial advocate, presenting a national test case on parental leave and several on wages and conditions in female-dominated industries.

She was 10 years with ACTU and in 1993-4 she assisted Bill Kelty in his role as chair of the Federal Government's Taskforce on Regional Development.

More recently she returned to writing and established writers' studios in the National Trust property 'Glenfern' in East St Kilda.

Freefalling towards Sixty
Tuesday June 22 11.00am $35 Noosa Springs Country Club

General Admission
Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours

Some 2010 Noosa Longweekend festival highlights include --
* the world-premiere-preview of David Williamson's latest play Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica starring Georgie Parker and the world premiere of the new children's play, Hurry Up and Wait as presented by the Queensland Theatre Company in association with deBASE productions; a showcase of 'award winning'-one-act plays; Acrobatica's gravity-defying physical theatre; and, Agatha Christie Radio Mysteries performed on stage.
* two, exclusive, Australian performances entitled International Stars of Ballet as performed by seven members of the San Francisco Ballet.
* musical performances including Australia's own Tom Burlinson in Frank a Life in Song; cabaret and supper club performances with Caroline O'Connor, Caroline Nin, Carita Farrer, Blossom Goodchild, Elizabeth Cousemaker, Tom Sharah and Australian musical theatre legend Toni Lamond; the Dame Joan Sutherland (opera) awards; a return festival appearance by guitar maestros Slava and Leonard Grigoryan accompanied by James and Joseph Tawadros as Band of Brothers; the So-la Voce Chamber Choir; a Japanese piano recital; Virginia Gay, and local bands, The Vitals and Dva.
* a celebration of short films and a Slow Food with Film event with food prepared by leading local chefs; the now famous progressive food events hosted by top restaurants in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast hinterland including a Seafood Saunter, Hinterland Gourmet Safari, Beachside Promenade and the traditional festival favourite, the Duck Waddle.
* literary events featuring everyone's favourite gardener Don Burke, Ita Buttrose, politician and pharmacist Terry White, social commentator Karen Brooks, high profile journalists and authors such as Paul Kelly, Margaret Simons and Anne Summers and sportswriter Mike Colman; the writers who inspired Underbelly, John Silvester and Andrew Rule; animal behavioural specialist Dr Paul McGreevy; author and former journalist Iola Mathews; former pop star and author Michael White; University lecturer and sci-fi buff, Gregory Nash; and, Dr Karen Hitchcock -- medic and super mum.
* celebrity lunches featuring comedian and author Tim Ferguson, celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, Ita Buttrose, Australian cabaret sensation Toni Lamond and a celebrity breakfast with Andrew Ettingshausen (ET).
* a full day children's festival.
* engaging and insightful forums exploring topics such as: China, Should we be worried?; America, in decline?; The changing media game and internet journalism; Barrie Cassidy and the Insider's take on politics, Griffith REVIEW's Food chain sustainability and 30 years of State of Origin. Forum participants include Julianne Schultz, Mark Scott, Eric Beecher, Margaret Simons, Dr Don Russell, Dr Michael Fullilove, Paul Kelly, Peter Hartcher, Peter Thompson, Warwick Smith, Geremie Barme, Saul Eslake, Fran Kelly, Steve Renouf, Kerrod Walters, Mick Hancock and Martin Lang.
* workshops featuring Bollywood dancing, African drumming and singing, Japanese puppet making, drama improvisation, Commedia dell Arte and a full day, comedy writing master course with Tim Ferguson

The full festival program can be viewed on line at Printed versions are available by phoning the festival office on (07) 5474 9941.
Downloadable: "2010 Noosa Longweekend Festival" pdf

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