An international panel weighs in on Britain’s exit from the European Union and what it means on a local and global scale. The Guardian US Data Editor Mona Chalabi, Man Booker Prize-winner Anne Enright and economics editor of The Sydney Morning Herald Ross Gittins talk to Anton Enus about how Brexit will affect employment, the economy, immigration and art. Guests consider the view that Brexit will slow growth, and the ‘Leave’ campaign’s counterarguments that Britain will prosper.
Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.
Please note: Ian Rankin and Sebastian Mallaby will no longer be appearing at this event.
Anne Enright (International)
Anne Enright is the Man Booker Prize-winning author of novels and short stories. She is one of the world’s greatest contemporary writers whose work explores the richness of life and complexities of being human. Best known for The Gathering, her work also includes The Portable Virgin, The Wig My Father Wore, What Are You Like? and The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in several magazines including The New Yorker and The Paris Review. Her most recent book, The Green Road, was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Prize and the Costa Novel Award, and won the Irish Novel of the Year. It was described by the Guardian as a ‘brilliant, devastating and radical novel’. Enright is the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.
Mona Chalabi (International)
Mona Chalabi is a data journalist. She is the data editor of The Guardian US and a columnist at New York Magazine. In 2016, Mona’s data sketches were commended by the Royal Statistical Society. The drawings, which are designed to make numbers more relatable, can be viewed on her Instagram account. Before getting into journalism, Mona worked in the nonprofit sector, first at the Bank of England, then Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration. As well as co-producing a four-part documentary series about vaginas, Mona has written for TV shows on National Geographic, the BBC and VICE.
Ross Gittins (Australian)
Ross Gittins is the economics editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and an economic columnist for The Age. He has been a Nuffield Press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a journalist-in-residence at the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. His most recent book is Gittins.
Anton Enus (Australian)
Anton Enus is a broadcast journalist with more than 25 years’ experience, and has been presenting SBS World News bulletins since 1999. He began his career at the South African national broadcaster SABC as a radio news reporter. He moved on to become a parliamentary reporter, current affairs producer, TV news reporter and TV presenter, often anchoring the morning news show Good Morning South Africa.
Anton was part of the team that covered South Africa’s historic return to democracy in 1994 and also filed stories from Rwanda, Burundi, Zaire, Uganda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He spent seven years as a correspondent for CNN World Report, a global news program, where he won Best International Report for his story marking the 25th anniversary of Chris Barnard's pioneering heart transplant. He also won the SABC Bokmakierie Award for radio current affairs. Before leaving South Africa, Anton presented the major evening national news bulletin. After travelling overland through south-eastern Africa and backpacking across India, Anton arrived in Sydney. In addition to reading the 6.30pm SBS World News bulletin, Anton hosts special SBS news events such as federal election specials, and has hosted the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism several times.