A Night of Better Conversation: Death

We're all going to die. 

This is as true for you as it was for the first of our ancestors to swing down from the trees. And yet death is a topic we prefer not to think about, let alone discuss. We keep it firmly out of sight, pretending it doesn't exist.

This wasn't always the case. Past generations, for whom death was less of a stranger, tended to be more frank about the fact that life is often short, sometimes nasty and occasionally brutal. Some cultures still see our impending death as a cause to celebrate life.

Conversations about death needn't make for a grim evening. In talking about the unspeakable, we're going to consider what benefits there are in coming to terms with our mortality. The night will be broken into theory and practice. You will begin by learning a specific technique for better conversation and then invited to practice the technique with other people. 

A Night of Better Conversation is a chance to engage with minds moulded by forces different to our own, and to go beyond our comfort zone by taking risks in what we are willing to share.

This event is proudly presented in collaboration with Linden New Art

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This event is coinciding with their upcoming shows Julia deVille ‘Wholeness and the Implicit Order’ and Natalie Ryan ‘Imaging the Dead’


17.00     The Everleigh Bar Opens
17.30     The Elk Room Opens for Pre-Drinks (themed bespoke cocktail upon arrival)
18.30     Welcome & Introduction
19.00     Technique 1
19.30     Technique 2
20.00     Technique 3
20.30     Permission to Speak Freely
21.00     Event Concludes, Bar Open for Continued Conversation

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'Death is the dark backing that a mirror needs if we are able to see anything.'

– Saul Bellow

We are proud to host our Social events with our venue partner, The Everleigh. 

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The Everleigh and The School of Life have a commitment to providing enlightened hospitality to its customers. Our shared mission is to create events and environments where meaningful connections can flourish.


Myke Bartlett was born in Perth, and spent his first twenty years trying to escape. A trained journalist, Bartlett writes on politics, movies, pop culture and rock music for Australia's best-known cultural publications. His debut young adult novel Fire in the Sea won the 2011 Text Prize.


Our lives are so often filled with superficial talk, from office chitchat to commentaries on last night's television. How can we have conversations that inspire us to think in new ways, that stimulate our curiosity and that prompt us to say things we've never said before? A Night of Better Conversation has been designed to help us enjoy rich and memorable conversations about things that really matter in life, inspired by the ideas of great thinkers and philosophers. 

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A Night of Better Conversation: Death


When and where:
  • Wed 31 Oct 2018 6 – 9pm,
    The Elk Room, The Everleigh, Upstairs, 150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

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Full price: $60.00
Concession: $50.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

One bespoke Everleigh cocktail inspired by the theme (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) included in ticket price
Further drinks will be available for purchase on the night. Light catering will be provided.

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original event date.

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0434 492 669 or email melbourne@theschooloflife.com.au.


The Elk Room, The Everleigh
Upstairs, 150-156 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy, VIC 3065

Please note this event is a stand-up, cocktail style event with approximately 70 participants.

The venue is not wheelchair accessible and is 18+ only. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.