A panel of award-winning history buffs discuss the most bizarre and little-known stories they’ve uncovered throughout their work, and debate how these reflect on the real Australia. Anna Clark speaks with humourist David Hunt, who presents a quirky side of history that’s absent from most chronicles, and Nick Brodie, a professional history nerd who writes erudite but accessible accounts of our nation’s past. This panel will upend the conventional wisdom of history books.

Related links: History, Modern History, History Extension, English

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David Hunt (Australian)

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David Hunt is a historian and satirist. His first book, Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, won the 2014 Indie Award for non-fiction. The second volume in the series, True Girt, was shortlisted for Audiobook of the Year at the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards and for the Russell Prize for Humour Writing. David's debut children's picture book, The Nose Pixies, was published in 2016.

Nick Brodie (Australian)

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Nick Brodie is a professional history nerd. Having worked as a history lecturer and field archaeologist, he has brought fresh angles to old tales in 1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings, Kin: A Real People’s History of Our Nation and The Vandemonian War.

Anna Clark (Australian)

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Anna Clark is an Australian Research Council future fellow at the Australian Centre for Public History, the University of Technology Sydney. Together with Stuart Macintyre, she wrote The History Wars in 2003, awarded the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Australian History and the Queensland Literary Award for Best Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate.