How does a writer approach a true crime story? What responsibility do they have to the victims? Peter Doyle, author of City of Shadows and The Big Whatever, joins Kate Rossmanith, whose Small Wrongs investigates remorse in the justice system. In conversation with Rebecca Scott Bray, they delve into the process, ethics and experience of writing about true crime.

Kate Rossmanith (Australian)

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Kate Rossmanith is an author, an essayist, and an academic. She writes on memory, enactment, and experience, and about relationships between performance and the law. Her essays have appeared in The Monthly, The Australian, and Best Australian Essays 2007. Kate’s book, Small Wrongs, a hybrid memoir about remorse in the criminal justice system and remorse in our everyday personal lives, will be published in June 2018. Kate lectures in creative non-fiction writing at Macquarie University.

Peter Doyle (Australian)

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Peter Doyle is the author of four novels and two collections of archival forensic photographs, City of Shadows and Crooks Like Us. He writes about pop culture and music history, and has guest-curated a number of museum exhibitions including Pulp Confidential (State Library of NSW) and Suburban Noir (Museum of Sydney). His most recent novel is The Big Whatever. He wrote, directed and narrated the true crime documentary, Slasher Patrol, in 2018. He is an Associate Professor of Media at Macquarie University.

Rebecca Scott Bray (Australian)

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Associate Professor Rebecca Scott Bray is a criminologist and socio-legal studies researcher who works at the University of Sydney. Between 2012 and 2016 she was Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School. Her research focuses on issues around death and the deceased in law and society, in areas including forensic criminology, and practices such as photography and art. She has particular interests in death investigation, death review and the coronial jurisdiction, and in cultural practices such as death-related art and media.