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.

Tara June Winch (Australian)

Tara June Winch

Tara June Winch is an Wiradjuri writer, born in Australia and based in France. She is the author of the story collection After the Carnage and the novels Swallow the Air, and most recently, The Yield. She was the literature recipient of the international Rolex Mentor and Protégé initiative, which saw her mentored by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.

Brigid Delaney (Australian)

Brigid Delaney

Brigid Delaney is a journalist at Guardian Australia who has published three books; the novel Wild Things and non fiction works This Restless Life and Wellmania. She is working on a book about Stoic philosophy.

Michael Williams (Australian)

Michael Williams

Michael Williams was the director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne until March 2020. He worked at the Wheeler Centre since its inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as director in September 2011. A sometime Radio National presenter, he remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked in publishing, as a presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR (on Breakfasters) and as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere.