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Ideas

Susan Faludi

in conversation with Paul Barclay

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse, The Wheeler Centre, Auckland Writers Festival, Byron Bay Writers Festival and Sydney Writers’ Festival

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Susan Faludi sits down with Paul Barclay, presenter and series producer of Big Ideas on ABC RN, to share her sometimes funny, sometimes painful and always poignant investigation into identity as she wrote In the Darkroom a memoir centring on her father’s gender reassignment and a family history in Hungary under Nazi occupation.

In the summer of 2004, Susan learned that her 76-year-old father – long estranged and living in Hungary – had undergone sex reassignment surgery. How was this new parent, who claimed to be ‘a complete woman now’ connected to the silent, explosive and ultimately violent father that she had known, the photographer who’d built his career on the alteration of images?

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

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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 every day.

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 90 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. 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.

Accommodation
There is a wide array of accommodation close to our venue that caters to every budget. Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp HotelSofitel BrisbaneKirribilli Riverfront ApartmentsEdward Lodge and Heal House for both short term and longer visits.