Spoilt, greedy children and revolting, mean adults. Roald Dahl’s books are full of characters who behave badly. But are they as vile as we think they are? Is it OK to hate a baddie? Should we delight in their demise? These are some of the tricky questions we’ll tackle with Carl Smith, Rookie Reporter Maya Sathi and Dr Matt Beard from the ABC’s Short & Curly podcast. Give your brain a workout in a fun discussion about the good, the bad and everything in between. Rec. age 7+.


Free, bookings essential. Maximum 4 tickets per event per booking. Collect your pre-booked tickets for events at these venues from the information booth on Pier 4/5 on the day (all uncollected tickets will be released 15 minutes prior to each session).

Matt Beard (Australian)

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Matt Beard is an ethicist and writer from The Ethics Centre in Sydney and the resident philosopher for the ABC podcast Short & Curly. Matt's academic expertise is in military ethics but he loves anything to do with moral philosophy. He also writes and talks a lot in the media. He's discussed topics from superheroes to human/pig research, vampires and robot parents. In 2016, Matt won the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Prize for his work in public philosophy.

Carl Smith (Australian)

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Carl is one of the reporters on the ABC ME program Behind the News. When he's not out having fun chasing down BtN stories, he also co-hosts the ABC podcast Short & Curly, and makes radio documentaries for ABC Radio National.

Maya Sathi (Australian)

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Maya Sathi is a Year 8 student at Hornsby Girls High School. Last year, aged 12, she covered the Federal Election as the ABC’s Rookie Reporter and her videos, including an interview with now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, were seen by thousands of kids on Behind The News. One of Maya’s biggest thrills was to chance to be mentored by some of the ABC’s giants of political interviewing, including Leigh Sales and Tony Jones.