26 June - Jackie Ryan : We'll Show The World Expo 88

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26 June - Jackie Ryan : We'll Show The World Expo 88

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How did one long and expensive party change a city forever?

​​Join us at Riverbend on Tuesday 26th June at 6.30pm to hear Jackie Ryan chat to Myles McGuire about her new book, We'll Change The World EXPO 88.

World Expo 88 was the largest, longest, and loudest of Australia’s bicentennial events. A shiny 1980s amalgam of cultural precinct, shopping mall, theme park, travelogue, and rock concert, the Expo 88 behemoth is commonly credited as the catalyst for Brisbane’s ‘coming of age’. 

​We’ll Show the World lifts the curtain on Expo 88. It explores the shifting social and political environment in which Expo 88 was conceived, planned, and executed – an environment shaped as much by Queensland’s controversial premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen as it was by those who reacted against him. 

​This book considers how an event once mocked as a ‘Joh Show’ became the people’s party, and how something initially greeted with outrage, scepticism, or indifference came to mean so much to so many. 

​Author Jackie Ryan says that as a teenager, she loved every minute of Expo and was oblivious to the political controversies surrounding it. ‘As I grew older and my horizons expanded beyond Expo, the Labyrinth movie, and Duran Duran, I began to wonder if I could reconcile my ongoing love of Expo with some of the things I was hearing about its organising government. The short answer is “yes”. The long answer is this book.’

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