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True Crimes: John Safran and Michaela McGuire
Saturday, May 24 2014
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
John Safran, Michaela McGuire, Sian Prior (facilitator)
John Safran and Michaela McGuire discuss their latest books: two very different true crime cases from opposite sides of the world. Murder In Mississippi, John Safran’s innovative debut true-crime story, examines the murder of a white supremacist by a black man in American’s deep south. Michaela McGuire’s Last Bets: A True Story of Gambling Morality and the Law investigates the 2011 death of a patron at Melbourne’s Crown Casino following a violent run-in with a casino bouncer.
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.
Sian has twenty years experience as a journalist and broadcaster in radio, television, print and online, specialising in reporting on the arts and popular culture. She has been a newspaper columnist, a travel and opinion writer, and a theatre, opera and book critic. Sian is also a professional media consultant, a published short fiction writer, an event host, curator and public speaker, and a teacher at universities and writers centres. In June 2014 her first book, Shy: A Memoir, will be published by Text Publishing. She has a second career as a musician and recording artist (singer, clarinettist and choral conductor) and a producer of concerts in venues ranging from jazz clubs and concert halls through to building sites and bars. In her spare time, Sian is an active board member of several community and arts organisations. sianprior.com
John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues. John first hit TV screens in 1997 on Race Around the World (ABC-TV). Both John Safran's Music Jamboree (SBS, 2002) and John Safran vs. God (SBS, 2004) won Australian Film Industry awards for Best Comedy Series and Most Original Concept, and were also nominated for Logie Awards. Other shows include John Safran's Race Relations (ABC-TV, 2009) which was nominated for two awards at the prestigious Rose d'Or Festival in Switzerland and Speaking in Tongues (SBS, 2005-06). John currently co-hosts Sunday Night Safran, a radio talk show on Triple J with cranky but beloved Catholic priest, Father Bob Maguire. His most recent book is Murder in Mississippi. johnsafran.com