As questions about free speech continue to fuel debate in Australia and around the world, guest curator Christos Tsiolkas convenes with a panel of leading thinkers to consider the limits of liberty in the modern age. Speaking with Quillette Editor-in-Chief Claire Lehmann, Guardian UK columnist and We Need New Stories author Nesrine Malik, and commentator and biographer David Marr, Christos asks how they deal with writing as journalists in an age of call-out culture, the measure of free speech versus hate speech, and the role of governments and platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in regulating expression.
David Marr (Australian)
David Marr is a journalist and broadcaster who now writes for Guardian Australia. He’s published a couple of biographies and a number of books about politics, censorship and immigration. Over the last 10 years he has written a number of Quarterly Essays. His latest is The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race. He previously presented Media Watch and appears regularly on Insiders and The Drum. His most recent book is My Country, an anthology of essays.
Claire Lehmann (Australian)
Claire Lehmann is the founding editor of Quillette, a magazine dedicated to the exchange of ideas, free expression and civil debate.
Nesrine Malik (International)
Nesrine Malik is a British Sudanese author and columnist and features writer for Guardian UK. She was born in Sudan and grew up in Kenya, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. She received her undergraduate education at the American University in Cairo and University of Khartoum, and her postgraduate education at the University of London. Alongside her journalism career she previously spent 10 years in emerging markets private equity. Her first book is We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent.
Christos Tsiolkas (Australian)
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of six novels, including Dead Europe, Loaded and Barracuda. His novel The Slap won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal, and was announced as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year. Many of his books have been adapted for film, TV and for the stage. Christos is also a playwright, essayist and film critic for The Saturday Paper. His latest novel is Damascus.