Burnt out by the 24-hour news cycle with its constant updates on Trump tweets, Middle Eastern crises and bitter Brexit disputes? You’re not alone. But should you give yourself permission to tune out? Don’t miss a panel discussion with Michael Willams, The Guardian’s Brigid Delaney, NPR’s Shanghai correspondent Rob Schmitz, acclaimed author Tara June Winch and award-winning journalist John Zubrzycki about the dilemma of looking away. Who will keep fighting on the information front line?

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Rob Schmitz (International)

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Rob Schmitz is the Shanghai Correspondent for NPR and the author of Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road. He has won several awards for his reporting on China, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards. His exposé of performer Mike Daisey's fabrications about Apple's supply chain on This American Life was the most downloaded episode in the program's history, becoming a finalist for the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Tara June Winch (Australian)

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Tara June Winch is an Australian (Wiradjuri) writer based in France. She was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist for her first novel Swallow the Air, which has been on the education and HSC syllabus since 2009. In the same year she was awarded the International Rolex Mentor and Protégé Award that saw her work under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. Her latest book is After the Carnage, a collection of stories. Her forthcoming novel is The Yield, out early 2018.

John Zubrzycki (Australian)

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John Zubrzycki’s latest book The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy tells the extraordinary story of one of the most enigmatic figures of the Raj. For the past two years John has been researching the history of Indian stage magic as part of a doctoral thesis at the University of NSW. A former deputy foreign editor at The Australian, he has worked in India as a correspondent, diplomat, consultant and tour guide.  His first book was The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback.

Brigid Delaney (Australian)

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Brigid Delaney is a senior writer for The Guardian Australia. She has previously worked as a lawyer and journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald, the Telegraph (London), ninemsn and CNN. She is the author of three books: Wellmania, This Restless Life and Wild Things.

Michael Williams (Australian)

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Michael Williams is the director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. For 2015-2016 he hosted Blueprint for Living on RN, and he remains a regular guest on ABC radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for publications including The Guardian Australia, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.