This is an event from the 2014 Festival. Please try searching for the current event using the menu at the top or use the search box in the top righthand corner of our website.

Turning a Blind Eye
Friday, May 23 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
David Marr, Joanne McCarthy, Michaela McGuire, Monica Attard (facilitator)
Download to Calendar
Print Page
David Marr, Michaela McGuire and Joanne McCarthy explore the curious gap between ethics and the law and why some institutions are above it. David is the multi-award-winning author of The Prince, investigating Cardinal Pell’s role in the child sex abuse scandal that rocked the Australian Catholic Church, and Joanne is the Walkley Award-winning journalist whose stories prompted a royal commission. Michaela’s book Last Bets explores the relationship between morals and the law in the world of gambling. They speak to Monica Attard.

David Marr (Australian)

David Marr is the multi-award-winning author of four Quarterly Essays including his most recent, The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell. His other works include Patrick White: A Life, Panic and The High Price of Heaven, and as co- author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. He currently writes for the Guardian Australia and serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Also appearing at...
Monica Attard (Australian)

Monica Attard OAM is a five-time Walkley award-winning Australian journalist – including the Gold Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism 1991. She was the host of the ABC’s PM, the World Today and Media Watch. She spent 28 years at the ABC, leaving to start up The Global Mail where she was, until recently, the Managing Editor. In 1997, Monica published a book entitled Russia: Which Way Paradise? documenting her time there as a foreign correspondent.

Also appearing at...
Michaela McGuire (Australian)

Michaela McGuire is a writer, columnist and co-curator of Women of Letters. Michaela McGuire's first book, Apply Within: Stories of Career Sabotage, was published in 2009. She writes a weekly blog for The Monthly called Twirling Towards Freedom, and her recent work includes Penguin Special A Story of Grief and  Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law.

Also appearing at...
Joanne McCarthy (Australian)

Joanne McCarthy was born and raised at Gosford, the eldest of 11 children. She attended Catholic primary and high schools and completed her HSC at a Gosford public high school. She started nursing at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney but left half way through and ended up with a journalism cadetship at the Gosford Star newspaper. She worked at the Star and the Central Coast Express until 2002 when she joined the Newcastle Herald. In 2013 she won the Graham Perkin Award as Australian Journalist of the Year, the NSW Gold Kennedy Award and the Gold Walkley Award for her work on child sexual abuse within institutions including the Catholic and Anglican churches and the Salvation Army, which led to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse.

Also appearing at...


Sponsors and Partners Sydney Writers' Festival 2017