Hello New Matilda readers!
It’s New Matilda giveaway time! Each month we offer a stack of giveaways to paid-up New Matilda subscribers to say thank you for supporting the site. If you’re not a subscriber and you want to be in the running for the monthly giveaways, sign up today!
This month’s prizes include two VIP tickets to media140’s DigitalBusiness conference in Perth, an original framed photographic print by Georgia Laughton, tickets to Sydney Writers’ Festival events, heaps of film tickets and three fantastic books. Read more about them below.
We’ve set ourselves a target of 1500 subscribers for 2012. We currently have 1156 on our books. 1500 subscribers is the minimum number of supporters we need to keep publishing independent, intelligent coverage of Australian politics, international affairs, media and culture. We know there are plenty of enthusiastic New Matilda readers who aren’t financial supporters and we want to convince you to make it official and become a subscriber.
The next six people to subscribe to New Matilda will win a double pack of Jasper Hill wine valued at $146!
Do it now and you’ll be eligible to go into the draw for the giveaways below. Long-term paid supporters know the deal with the giveaways. Click on the links after the prize descriptions to enter.
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- CONFERENCE: DigitalBusiness in Perth
New Matilda supporters can win a VIP pass to DigitalBusiness in Perth on 26 April, valued at $295.
media140 returns to Perth to host DigitalFutures 2012, a new and vibrant digital event for Western Australia. The event explores three big themes over three days: DigitalBusiness, DigitalMe and DigitalFamily. Go here for more information. A key theme of the event is "mobile and social are the key challenges facing businesses in the digital age". DigitalBusiness will attract successful entrepreneurs and decision makers to listen to such speakers as John Kerrison, Sky News, Jim Wyatt, Department of Commerce, WA and Michael Walton, Executive Director Nielson Pacific.
- READ: The Field Guide to Victorian Produce
You can win a copy of the first comprehensive guide to Victoria’s regional produce.
One part food media, one part produce store, The Field Guide to Victorian Produce is the first comprehensive guide to Victoria’s regional produce and the people that grow, make and sell it. The Guide makes it easy for anyone to be a locavore (someone who eats locally), to access quality produce from their food region, or to enjoy regional food tourism by going direct to the source. Check out The Locavore Edition here.
- READ: Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power by David McKnight
Hot off the press! Allen and Unwin are offering three copies of David McKnight’s latest book about Rupert Murdoch. When Rupert Murdoch called, prime ministers and presidents picked up the phone. David McKnight exposes Murdoch’s unflinching use of his media empire to further his political agenda over decades. This is the story behind the hacking scandal that rocked the world and shook the Murdoch empire.
"A study of dangerous media abuse of power and of abject government weakness in regard to it. This is a disturbing book." – From the foreword by Robert Manne.
- READ: True by Rilka Pulkkinen
Scribe are offering NM readers five copies of True, by Scandinavian author Riika Pulkkinen.
Enthralling and beautifully drawn, True charts the experiences of three generations as they try to come to terms with a memory long repressed, and explores the mercy and tenderness that can come from a lie. Ultimately it asks: when we can never really know the people we love, how do we try to be true?
- FINE ART: A Georgia Laughton print
Melbourne photographer Georgia Laughton is offering a framed photographic print to one lucky New Matilda supporter
Laughton is a passionate advocate for social and environmental change which underpins her art. Animal rights and environmental issues are at the forefront of her mind at all times. She is a painter as well as a photographer
The winner will select an image from her website and it will be printed at 20 x 30 inches and framed.
- FILM: Romantics Anonymous
Win a double pass to see Romantics Anonymous, a charming and uplifting French love story that has been described as a mix between Chocolat and Amelie.
If you’re in Sydney you can win a double pass to the special preview screening on Tuesday 17 April at Dendy Opera Quays. If you live in the other capital cities, you’re in the running for an in-season double pass. In cinemas from 19 April.
- FILM: The Way
Win one of 20 season double passes to The Way.
Tom, an American doctor comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James.
The Way was filmed in Spain and France along the Camino de Santiago and is directed by Emilio Estevez. Starring Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, James Nesbitt, Deborah Kara Unger and Yorick Van Wageningen. In cinemas nationally from 24 April.
- TALKS: Sydney Writers’ Festival Events
Plans for the third week of May? It is the perfect time to fill your minds with literature, ideas, music and good times at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. The 2012 program includes over 300 events and over 400 speakers in a week-long celebration from 14-20 May. swf.org.au
We’ve got a double pass to give away to each of the following events:
THE RUNAWAY GENERAL
Time: 11.30 – 12.30am
Date: Friday, 18 May 2012
Venue: Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Rolling Stone writer Michael Hastings went along for a rollicking ride with General Stanley McChrystal, commander of the US forces in Afghanistan, and witnessed a party that ultimately led to the General’s dismissal and grave questions about America’s conduct of this war. In his follow-up book The Operators, he brings his skills of reportage and analysis to bear on Washington’s approach to its longest-running war. He talks to Mark Colvin.
YOU MUST HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE
Time: 8.30 – 10pm
Date: Friday, 18 May 2012
Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
"Privacy is for paedos," News of the World journo Paul McMullan famously told the Leveson Inquiry. Privacy is dead, said Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Through social media we voluntarily tell the world things we previously might not have told even our loved ones. Investigative journalists thrive on leaks and finding out what others don’t want them to know. How far should the state go to prevent another 9/11? Is everything fair game? What is left of the private domain in the age of the Kardashians? And, as individuals, shouldn’t we want to have things (however trivial) to hide? Former director general of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington, Ex CIA interrogator of Al Quaeda suspects Glenn Carle, independent investigative journalist Heather Brooke, and former High Court judge, the Hon Michael Kirby, tell journalist David Marr where we, as a society, should draw the line between public and private.
THE FICTION OF EXILE
Time: 1 – 2pm
Date: Saturday, 19 May 2012
Venue: Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
When you are forced to leave your home country for political or other reasons, how do you adapt your fiction? Do you write of your new home or must you look back with longing to what you have left behind. Hisham Matar left Libya for Egypt then London, while Horacio Castellanos Moya left El Salvador for the United States, via Mexico. They talk to Robert Dessaix.
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