Book Launch: Not Just For This Life

Not Just for This Life

Not Just For this Life: Gough Whitlam Remembered

edited by Wendy Guest, Gary Gray

Not Just For This Life is a salute and tribute to Gough Whitlam, commemorating what would have been his 100th birthday.

When Gough Whitlam died on 21 October 2014, the outpouring of affectionate remembrances and genuine grief expressed across Australia was extraordinary. Because Gough was extraordinary. 

Not Just For This Life commemorates and celebrates Gough’s life with excerpts of parliamentary condolences, a selection of condolence messages from the men and women of Australia and eulogies from the State Memorial Service.

Not Just For This Life covers the big themes of Gough’s life and legacy: transformation, belonging, courage, equality, enlarging, comrades and grace with chapter introductions by Laurie Oakes, Anita Heiss, Geraldine Doogue, Tim Soutphommasane, Don Watson, Patricia Hewitt and Nicholas Whitlam.


The launch dates are:

9 July – Parramatta
Event: Book launch with Gough’s old friends, Patricia Amphlett (Little Patty) and his speech writer Graham Freudenberg (who wrote the foreword for the book).
Venue: Whitlam Institute Open Day, Female Orphan School Building, Western Sydney University Parramatta
Time: 3 – 4pm


11 July – Canberra
Event: 100th birthday party for Gough and a discussion with Gary Gray, Philip Ruddock and Laura Tingle
Venue: Old Parliament House, Members’ Dining Room 3
Time: 10.30am – noon


13 July – Glebe
Event: Discussion with Gary Gray, Philip Ruddock and Anna Bligh.
Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Time: 6pm


16 July – Newcastle
Event: Panel discussion as part of The Lock-Up’s exhibition “It’s Timely Too” – in conjunction with the Newcastle Writer’s Festival. I’ll be joining an artist, an academic and an educator to discuss “Looking forward, looking back: Discussions on social and cultural change in the era of Whitlam and beyond”.
Venue: The LockUp, 90 Hunter St Newcastle
Time: 4.30pm


19 July – Brisbane
Event: Panel discussion with Gary, Peter Beattie and others TBA
Venue: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary St, West End
Time: 6pm


20 July – Melbourne
Event: Panel discussion including Maxine McKew and Barry Jones (others TBA)
Venue: Readings, 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
Time: 6pm


If you are interested in coming along to either the Whitlam Institute or Old Parliament House, please RSVP via Eventbrite. If you are interested in one of the other events, please contact me.

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