Uprooted And Uproarious

Moderator: Genevieve Jacobs • Deirdre Macken and Rachael Mogan McIntosh

12.30 PM – 1.30 PM
Kambri Cultural Centre (ANU)

“I imagined lounging on a veranda overlooking folds of hills striped with vines. I'd be clothed in linen and surrounded by friends. On the table would be tumblers of wine we'd picked in last year's harvest. Then we arrived at Cockatoo Hill and discovered a dump.”

Ever fantasised about wildly upending your life? The authors on this panel have done just that. Drunk on vineyard dreams, Deirdre Macken and her husband, Roger, bought an unpromising sheep paddock on the outskirts of Yass. Rachael Mogan McIntosh packed her bags and moved to rural France with her three school-age children.

What could possibly go wrong? Absolutely everything. Join these two crazy dreamers as they share their tales of misplaced adventure. A riotously funny hour of fish-out-of-water tales and tender life lessons.

Sponsored by The Riot ACT


DEIRDRE MACKEN is a journalist who has worked for The Age, SMH and Financial Review and is currently a columnist with The Australian's Review section. She has written two previous books and is still working in a vineyard and renovating a fibro cottage.


RACHAEL MOGAN MCINTOSH is a mum and crisis counsellor from the south coast of NSW. Her writing has appeared in publications across Australia, France and the USA. Rachael loves books, baths, coffee, podcasts, Below Deck Mediterranean and Terry’s Chocolate Orange; consuming them simultaneously whenever possible. Pardon My French is her first book. Her second, Mothering Heights will be published by Affirm in April 2024.


GENEVIEVE JACOBS AM has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. She sits on the Cultural Facilities Corporation board and chairs the Canberra International Music Festival. Genevieve was the inaugural chair of the arts minister's Creative Council, and inaugural co-chair of the Reconciliation Council. Genevieve has an enduring interest in building community, and creating discussions that include us all. And she still loves nothing better than a good yarn.