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Stories That Defined a Decade
Friday, May 22 2015
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
City Recital Hall Angel Place, Angel Place, Sydney
Meet the writers who unearthed the human stories behind the decade’s most defining headlines so far. Åsne Seierstad traced the disturbing psychological history of Norway’s most infamous mass murderer. Veteran Middle East correspondent Christina Lamb brought Malala Yousafzai’s harrowing and inspirational story to life. Nick Davies went head-to-head with the world’s biggest media mogul when he broke the News of the World hacking scandal. These writers delved beyond clickbait, followed their obsession at all costs, and changed the way we look at the world. They speak to ABC’s Mark Colvin.
Supported by Macleay College
Christina Lamb (International)
Christina Lamb is an award-winning journalist who has written the bestselling biography The Africa House, Waiting for Allah, The Sewing Circles of Herat and Small Wars Permitting. Her latest book is Farewell Kabul: How the West Ignored Pakistan and Lost Afghanistan. In 2009, Christina was awarded the Prix Bayeux-Calvados, a prestigious prize for war correspondents, for her reporting from Afghanistan. She won the Foreign Press Association Award for Story of the Year in 2007 and has twice won Foreign Correspondent of the Year in the British Press Awards and the BBC What The Papers Say Awards.
Åsne Seierstad has worked as a correspondent in Russia, China, the Balkans and Iraq. In 2000, she published With their Backs to the World: Portraits from Serbia. After September 11, she began reporting from Afghanistan for a number of major Scandinavian newspapers and the following year she wrote the international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul. In 2009, she released The Angel of Grozny about life in Chechnya, followed by a book about Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, One of Us, which became a European bestseller. Asne is currently working on a book about Libya.
Nick Davies is an investigative journalist for The Guardian. He has won British Press Awards for Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year. Nick was closely involved in the publication of secret US cables obtained by Wikileaks and in exposing the phone-hacking scandal in Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire. He is a documentary-maker and has written six books, most recently Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch.
Mark Colvin is an Australian journalist and broadcaster. Based in Sydney, he has been the presenter of PM, one of the flagship Australian radio current affairs programs on the ABC Radio network, since 1997.