Intelligence Squared

THE PLANNER - Our critics’ guide to the week

WHY BE HAPPY?

Back from the Byron Bay Writers' Festival, Jeanette Winterson will lay bare the complexities of her emotional life as she discusses art, poetry and fiction in a solo appearance at the Sydney Opera House. Sunday, 6pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre, from $35, 9250 7777, sydneyoperahouse.com.

POLITICAL MEMOIR

Greg Combet joins the rush of Labor identities to give an insider's account of his life in politics in The Fights of My Life. He will be in conversation with Anna Bligh. Thursday, 6pm, Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, $10, 9660 2333, events@gleebooks.com.au.

INTELLIGENCE SQUARED
The St James Ethics Centre is sponsors this old-fashioned public debate in which speakers will argue the toss about the merits of technology. Peter Singer, Antony Loewenstein and Asher Wolf will speak against the new world order; Bernard Keane, Dr Katina Michael and Alastair MacGibbon are on the affirmative. Tuesday, 6.45pm, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, city, from $25, 8256 2222, iq2oz.com.

Citation: Linda Morris, August 9, 2014, "Spectrum", The Sydney Morning Herald, p. 19.