IMA Ideas: Children’s Literature—Adult Anxieties
with Morris Gleitzman
28 March 2020
Join bestselling Australian children’s author Morris Gleitzman for IMA Ideas, the first in a series of talks dedicated to unpacking challenging ideas of our times through art.
Gleitzman’s talk, titled Children’s Literature—Adult Anxieties, will draw upon the author’s experience exploring challenging subjects in his writing including HIV/AIDS, the Holocaust, and contemporary refugee experience. He will explore the role of humour, along with love, friendship, and kindness in allowing his young readers to safely and compassionately encounter these serious topics.
Following Gleitzman’s address, the author will be joined by Vault Magazine editor Alison Kubler for a Q&A. The duo will discuss the ways in which adult anxieties are played out through children’s and adolescents’ perspectives in art. This talk is presented in response to Marianna Simnett’s exhibition CREATURE.
This talk includes AUSLAN interpretation.
Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian children’s author and the previous Australian Children’s Laureate. His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in humorous and unexpected ways. His titles include Two Weeks With The Queen, Grace, Toad Rage, Bumface, Give Peas A Chance, Extra Time, Loyal Creatures, Help Around The House, and the series Once, Then, Now, After, Soon, Maybe and the forthcoming final volume Always. Gleitzman lives in Brisbane and Sydney, and his books are published in more than twenty countries. In 2019 he appeared on an Australia Post stamp.
Alison Kubler has over 20 years’ experience working as a curator in museums and galleries in Australia. She worked as Arts Adviser to the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport and has held curatorial positions at QUT Art Museum, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, and UQ Art Museum. She has developed programs for Art Gallery of South Australia amongst other institutions. She is a regular contributor to art journals and magazines on the subjects of art and fashion and is currently the Editor of arts magazine VAULT.