LOVE OVER HATEWayside is a book that reaches right into the soul of Sydney. A triumph of community and a testament to the strength and diversity...

Kings Bloody Cross: Love Over Hate


The Wayside Chapel
2011 NSW

Kings Bloody Cross - Love Over Hate


James Valentine

James Valentine

James has been presenting Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney since the '90s and is also a musician with his own jazz quartet. He plays regularly around Sydney and at music festivals around the country and, in 2009, released the album Debut. James is also the narrator of Lifestyle Channel's Come Dine With Me Australia as well as the writer of a regular, humourous column for The Australian newspaper.

A familiar face on Australian television, James was the movie reviewer for many years on Showtime, a reporter and commentator on shows such as Sunrise, It Takes Two, Midday, Good Morning Australia and TVTV.

He began his media career hosting the cartoons for ABCTV in the mid-1980s on a program called The Afternoon Show. Previously, James was a full-time saxophonist recording and touring with Jo Camilleri, Kate Ceberano, Wendy Matthews and most notably The Models, a band that had two number one hits and toured the US and Europe. James is married, his wife is a clinical pyschologist and they have two children, Ruby and Roy.

Rev Graham Long

Rev Graham Long

Pastor & CEO of The Wayside Chapel

Rev Graham Long joined Wayside in 2004 and has become an oracle of Kings Cross. He has been instrumental in creating a community of no 'us and them' at The Wayside Chapel — a place free of judgement where people can come to just 'be'. Each day, Graham is a listening ear to those on and around the streets of Kings Cross.

Graham trained for ministry from 1979 to 1982. After a few years in church ministry, Graham became a chaplain to Parramatta Prison and he ran a church welfare agency. After ordination, Graham pursued studies in philosophy, achieving degrees from Catholic Theological Union and from the Catholic Institute of Sydney. A Masters with honours degree was halted when a near fatal motorcycle accident changed all of life's priorities in 2001. Prior to joining Wayside, Graham was on a sabatocal as a postie — he had just learnt to master his little bike when Wayside called him to be the next Minister.

Graham is an accomplished author and speaker. His two books include; Love over Hate: Finding life by the wayside (2013) and Stories by the Wayside (2011). Graham was admitted to the Order of Australia as an AM in 2015. He has been married to Robyn for 42 years. They have a daughter Mandy. Their son James died in 2009.

From the social worker who became a postman, to the postman who became a pastor, Graham’s journey has led him to share in great joy and great sadness, both in his own life and through the lives of people who have fallen by the wayside. With a unique ability to connect with audiences ranging from a few people to a few thousand people, Graham captivates people with his personal stories and his deep insight about love, hate, power and the ‘self’. He challenges people to reflect on their contribution to society and he inspires people to live as if their last minute was to happen today.

Event Details


Wayside is a book that reaches right into the soul of Sydney. A triumph of community and a testament to the strength and diversity of the unique characters that call Kings Cross home. Join Author Reverend Graham Long with guests from The Wayside Chapel as they tackle profound truths about life, death, friendship, hardship and the redemptive power of love. 

Host: James Valentine
Guests: Rev Graham Long AM. Pastor and CEO and guests.

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This session is part of a curated season of raw and riveting 'in conversation' events featuring Kings Cross luminaries. Rub shoulders with artists, idealists and opportunists and hear fascinating stories about 'ungentrified' Sydney — the heady days of rock 'n' roll, free love, corruption, opportunity, sex and politics during the twentieth century. Presented over three weekends, Kings Bloody Cross will engage audiences with thrilling insight into the dirty half mile's people, bohemia and place. 

Curated by Olivia Ansell. 

Presented by Live Ideas and Working Management.

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