How do judges decide if a person is truly remorseful for their crime? What exactly does it mean for a wrongdoer to be sorry? Academic and writer Kate Rossmanith draws on her extensive interviews with judges, lawyers, offenders and victims, as well as observations of court and parole hearings, to deliver a thought-provoking talk on how these issues are understood and assessed in our justice system. Kate is the author of Small Wrongs, a reflection on remorse in the courts and everyday life.

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.

Josh Stenberg (Australian)

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Josh Stenberg is Lecturer in Chinese Studies, School of Languages and Cultures at The University of Sydney. He has translated fiction by authors such as Su Tong, Ye Zhaoyan, and Chen Xue, and is the editor of Irina's Hat: New Short Stories from China. He is also an author of poetry and short fiction.