Festival 2012 Videos
You Must Have Something to Hide
"Privacy is for paedos," News of the World journo Paul McMullan famously told the Leveson Inquiry. Privacy is dead, said Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Through social media we voluntarily tell the world things we previously might not have told even our loved ones. Investigative journalists thrive on leaks and finding out what others don't want them to know. Is everything fair game? Former director general of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington, Ex CIA interrogator of Al Quaeda suspects Glenn Carle, independent investigative journalist Heather Brooke, and former High Court judge, the Hon Michael Kirby, tell journalist David Marr where we, as a society, should draw the line between public and private.


 
The Man Without a Face
Vladimir Putin has made a mockery of Russia’s nascent democracy by manipulating his way back to the nation’s Presidency, all the while ruthlessly putting down his critics and opponents. Moscow journalist Masha Gessen’s brilliant and compelling biography of Putin shines a light on his brutal modus operandi. She talks to Jane Hutcheon.


 
Anna Funder at Seymour Centre 29 July

This year’s Miles Franklin winner, Anna Funder in conversation with writer Anne Summers about All That I Am.


 
Sjón at University of Western Sydney's Writing and Research Centre
The Writing and Society Research Centre at University of Western Sydney hosted an event for the Sydney Writers' Festival on 16 May 2012 presenting two distinguished international guests, Chinese author Sheng Keyi and Icelandic poet and novelist Sjón, on the subject of Place and Displacement.

Sjón is a celebrated Icelandic poet and novelist. He won the Nordic Council Literature Prize, the equivalent of the Man Booker Prize, for The Blue Fox, which was also longlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2009. His work has been translated into 22 languages. Sjón is president of the Icelandic PEN Centre and director on the board of Reykjavík, UNESCO City of Literature. Also a songwriter, he has written lyrics for Björk. His latest novel is From the Mouth of the Whale.


 
Sheng Keyi AT UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY'S WRITING AND RESEARCH CENTRE

Sheng Keyi had a rural upbringing and writes of the migrant experience with the depth of personal insight: she was born in Hunan and is now living in Beijing after several years spent living in Shenzhen. Through her writing she addresses the issues that affect women in China today, and often experiments with style and voice. A multi-award winning author, Northern Girls will be the first of her works to be published in English.

 
Can't Be That Hard

Last year Julia Gillard told journalists at the National Press Club: “Don’t write crap. Can’t be that hard.” Was she right to characterise political reporting in this way? Should Australia’s media’s standards be raised? Is regulation an answer? George Megalogenis from The Australian, ABC Online writer Annabel Crabb, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Hartcher, the Federal Opposition’s Communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull, and former press secretary to Kevin Rudd, Lachlan Harris, tell the ABC’s Barrie Cassidy what responsibility the media bears for our political culture.


 
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