Kate Holden and Caro Meldrum-Hanna speak about the responsibility to delve into tragedy with sensitivity and compassion with Ange Lavoipierre. Kate shares insight into The Winter Road, her gripping story of law, land and inheritance centred on the brutal murder of an environmental officer by a farmer outside Croppa Creek, NSW – the aftermath of which shocked Australia, and defined us. Caro draws from her work as an award-winning investigative journalist and her work on EXPOSED, the most recent series of which is a stunning investigation into the untold story of the 1979 Ghost Train Fire at Sydney’s iconic Luna Park, and an examination of the deeply felt, lingering trauma for all those involved.

Unfortunately, Louise Milligan, who was originally programmed for this event, will no longer appear at the Festival. 

Kate Holden (Australian)

Kate Holden

Kate Holden is the author of The Winter Road: A Killing in Croppa Creek (Black Inc., 2021). Her bestselling memoirs In My Skin (2005) and The Romantic (2010) were published in Australia by Text Publishing as well as internationally. Kate wrote a popular column for The Age for six years and her essays, short stories and literary criticism has been widely published in various anthologies. Her profiles and features have appeared most recently in The Saturday Paper. Kate lives in the Illawarra region of NSW.

Caro Meldrum-Hanna (Australian)

Caro Meldrum-Hanna

Caro Meldrum-Hanna is the co-creator, reporter, co-producer and series writer of the ABC’s critically acclaimed television documentary series Exposed. Her most recent three-part investigation Exposed: The Ghost Train Fire broadcast in March 2021. It charts the shocking 1979 fire at Sydney’s Luna Park in which seven people were killed – six of them children. Caro has won multiple awards for her work including the Gold Walkley for exposing the illegal practice of live baiting in greyhound racing, the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year for her coverage of the abuse and mistreatment of children imprisoned in the Northern Territory, sparking a Royal Commission in record time and making international news. She has also been awarded NSW Journalist of the Year and is a five-time Logie Award nominee, winning the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report in 2016. Her work has also been nominated at International Film Festivals and has sold globally.

Ange Lavoipierre (Australian)

Ange Lavoipierre

Ange Lavoipierre is a journalist, writer and comedian. She’s the host of the ABC’s daily news & current affairs podcast The Signal and a regular contributor on Radio National, ABC radio Sydney and Double J. She recently toured her award-winning stand up show Zealot to comedy festivals around Australia and internationally. She’s one half of the comedy web series Impostors.