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).

Carl Smith (Australian)

Carl Smith

Carl Smith is a science nerd/reporter at ABC Science, who also co-hosts the kids’ podcasts Short & Curly, and Pickle. He’s made documentaries, presented the ABCTV series Minibeast Heroes, and was a reporter on ABCME’s Behind the News, a role which found him interviewing the head of NASA, reporting from inside a nuclear reactor, and dressing up as Batman!