La Mama Courthouse


“I heard Richard Perle say: ‘Next year at about this time, I expect there will be a really thriving trade in the region, and we will see rapid economic development. And a year from now, I’ll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad named after President Bush.” – From Eliot Weinberger’s ‘What I heard about Iraq’

On Monday 20th March 2006, at 7.30pm, a special Reading for Peace marked the third anniversary of the outbreak of war in Iraq. The now famous text by Eliot Weinberger titled ‘What I heard about Iraq’ was read aloud, as part of a worldwide reading event initiated by the Peter Weiss Foundation for Art and Politics, and the Berlin International Literature Festival.

Readers included, amongst others, La Mama’s Maureen Hartley; actor and writer Margaret Cameron; poet Judith Rodriguez, and writer and historian Judith Buckrich; writer Amanda Johnson; performer Caroline Lee.

Coordinated by Cynthia Troup, Mary Helen Pirola and Catherine Hill.

Supported by PEN Melbourne and Aphids.

La Mama at the Carlton Courthouse
349 Drummond Street, Carlton
20 March

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.