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Griffith Review 53: Our Sporting Life

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and Griffith Review

Celebrate the release of Griffith Review 53: Our Sporting Life in August with editor Julianne Schultz in conversation with a group of insightful, witty and funny sports lovers.

We know that “sport lies at the heart of what it means to be Australian”, and this panel of sporting experts will explore the links between sport and business, sport and culture, and sport and social cohesion. Join William McInnes, actor and sports tragic; Naomi McCarthy, Olympic Water Polo gold medallist and manager of Griffith University Sports College; and Sean Dorney, former ABC correspondent and one time captain of the PNG Rugby League team as they dissect life of the athlete and the passion of the spectator. The evening will also feature a special reading by award winning emerging writer Jessica White.

Writers+Ideas is supported by O’Neill Architecture and RPS.


Looking around the arts and letters landscape, if I had to single out a single figure as culturally fit as Abbott is physically fit it would be Griffith REVIEW editor Julianne Schultz. Schultz is the intellectual ultra-marathoner of Australian cultural life.

Canberra Times

Griffith REVIEW is the vantage not of the outraged so much as the frustrated, a reliable form for passionate criticism aimed at the inadequacy of political discourse in contemporary Australia.

Australian Book Review

At a time when long form journalism is under threat and the voices in our public debate are often off-puttingly condescending, hectoring and discordant, [Griffith REVIEW] is an elegant alternative.

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Contributors to Our Sporting Life include Gideon Haigh, Tracey Holmes, Annie Zaidi, John Harms, William McInnes, Scott Rankin, Colin Tatz, Ellen van Neerven, Sean Dorney, Keane Shum, Josh Chait, and many more. You can purchase a copy of Our Sporting Life on the night and have it personally signed by the contributors.


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.