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SPEAKER: MAREE COOTE

Maree Coote Author, Illustrator, Typographer

One of the very first to identify the contemporary rise of Melbourne's cultural and place power, Maree Coote is an energetic inspirational speaker. Her unique understanding of her topic (Melbourne) is made accessible through her command of history, culture, art and design for a wide variety of audiences. According to Philip Adams, "Melbourne never had a more ingenious ambassador." Coote's first book The Melbourne Book: A History of Now is in its fourth edition after 12+ years in print, and has been dubbed 'Melbourne's Bible'.

Maree's ingenious typography has caught the attention of international design bodies with her book Spellbound: Making Pictures with the A-B-C winning the coveted Bologna Ragazzi 2017 Special Mention Prize in Italy. (She's the first Australian to win this prize since Shaun Tan 10 years ago.) It was also shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year awards. An earlier book Alphabet City Zoo also won a Distinction Prize in Korea's Nami Concours Awards in a field of entries from 149 countries.

SPEAKING SESSIONS/ SUBJECTS/THEMES
Maree Coote Daughters Of Melbourne
m Session info: Discover the real history of Melbourne through the lives of the fabulous women who built the city, its culture, community and commerce. Every one is a giant. Most were labelled 'difficult'. All have been denied a statue. Why?
  • A unique History lesson
  • A unique portrait of Melbourne

  • At last! A TRUER History of Melbourne... ...With Added Women for extra strength! Meet the daughters of Melbourne. The rich gals; the poor gals; the gorgeous gay gals--And the gals who'd rather paint. Meet Aboriginal warriors who don't care for compromise. Meet divas dubbed 'difficult', while their men are never so. Find out which Ultra-Modern Melbourne man accused Nellie Melba of penis envy? Who discredited more women artists than he had hot breakfasts? Did Effie truly deliver an immaculate conception? Who wrote Gail Couper out of surfing history? Which all-girl band was the swingin'est? Who is Melbourne's Wizard of Oz? Who put fairies at the bottom of Melbourne's garden? Who was forced to paint on Corn Flake boxes? Which politician was filmed in leathers? ...And which celebrated Australian men called them all unladylike, unfeminine and unworthy? Find out in Daughters Of Melbourne: A guide to the invisible statues of Melbourne.
    SESSION INFO
    Audience: Adults/General Interest/ Local groups. Secondary and Tertiary Students of History, Women's history, Music, Art, Politics

    Duration: 50-60 Minutes incl Q&A

    Requirements:
    Data projector, screen.

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