Why writing matters

22 Sep 2007

Louise Adler reflects on the critical importance of good writing today.

From the risible spectacle of Paris Hilton shrieking in the back of a police car, through to the haunting sight of a man falling from a tower at the World Trade Center, we are living in a world saturated by imagery that is circulated endlessly and repetitively. The question is why, paradoxically, in this period when the visual seems to have us enthralled, words seem to matter more rather than less.

This Redmond Barry Lecture was held at the State Library of Victoria on 30 July 2007.

Louise Adler is CEO and Publisher of Melbourne University Publishing. She is considered an 'ideas broker', and has a deep understanding of the modern university and the book business. Her career in publishing began in 1988, as editor of Australian Book Review (1988-89), followed by five years as publisher at Reed Books. She also has a strong background in the arts, with stints as Arts and Entertainment Editor for The Age and presenter of ABC Radio National's 'Arts Today'.

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