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Jellis Craig Game: 'The Football Solution' literary lunch

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Saturday 27 July 2019 11:30am ~ Saturday 27 July 2019 11:30am

Community Rooms @ Brunswick Street Oval

FFC footy mum, historian and award-winning author, Dr Clare Wright, will host ¡§The Football Solution¡¨ and she has put together a panel of three of Melbourne¡¦s most distinguished thinkers and writers to discuss the sex, politics and religion of Aussie Rules.

This is also the Jellis Craig Game, which has a tradition of being a sell-out and coincides with the grand final replay against Old Geelong. 

Bookings are now open to get your seat and share a few stories over lunch with:

George Megalogenis ¡V journalist, author and one of Australia¡¦s most respected political commentators. His book The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for the ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. His most recent book is The Football Solution: How Richmond¡¦s Premiership Can Save Australia.

Christos Tsiolkas is an award-winning novelist, playwright, essayist and poet. Two of his best-selling books, The Slap and Barracuda, have been adapted into ABC television drama series. Christos has a longstanding interest in the convergence of sport and literature. He barracks for Richmond.

Dr Chris McConville is an historian, Victoria University academic and former member of the Coodabeen Champions. His fields of expertise include urban history, sports history and the history of gambling in Australia. Chris is a Fitzroy local and an often be found lurking in the BSO Grandstand of a Saturday arvo. He also barracks for Richmond.

Dr Clare Wright is an historian, author and broadcaster. Her books include The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka and You Daughters of Freedom, the first two instalments of her Democracy Trilogy. She is the host of ABC Radio National¡¦s history series/podcast, Shooting the Past. Clare is an Associate Professor of History at La Trobe University and the mother of Bernie, Noah and Esther Wright. She barracks for whoever her kids are playing for. Go Roys!

(Photo of Clare Wright by Susan Papazian and Christos Tsiolkas by John Tsiavis)

You will also be able to purchase the books of our panel from Neighbourhood Books

Lunch has now SOLD OUT. If you would like to go on a waiting list, please email

  • Saturday 27 July
  • 11.30 am for 12.00 noon sit down
  • Community Rooms @ Brunswick Street Oval
  • $40 for two course meal and cheese platter (drinks at bar

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