Some things are worth getting up early for, especially when coffee and great conversation are guaranteed. Catch up on the news with The Sydney Morning Herald at the Festival’s first session of the day. Join SMH editors and journalists, and special guest Jenny Valentish, to hear what’s making headlines, and the stories we need to follow.  

Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Jenny Valentish (Australian)

Jenny Valentish is the author of Woman of Substances, a journey into the female experience of addiction and treatment. She is a regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Saturday Paper, and former editor of Time Out Melbourne and Triple J's Jmag. She was born in Slough, a satellite town of London, and moved to Australia in 2006. She quit drinking in 2009, which sparked a desire to explore the drives behind addiction. Currently, she is completing a graduate diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs with Turning Point/Monash University.