Germaine Greer’s claim that half of Queensland can’t read a newspaper or follow instructions on a medicine bottle has been blasted by readers and fellow writers – but the chief of the writers festival that brought her here has no regrets.
Brisbane Writers Festival director Jane O’Hara has no regrets in inviting the feminist to open the 50th annual event last night, saying the author and academic delivered on her brief to generate debate about the future of literary festivals.
Greer created outrage with her speech in which she said statistics revealed 47 per cent of Queenslanders couldn’t read a newspaper or instructions on a medicine bottle.
“You can not have a good time at a literary festival when that is the underlying bedrock truth,” she said.
Old troll is old.