Louise Milligan and Kate Holden speak about the writer’s responsibility to delve into tragedy with sensitivity and compassion. Louise draws from her experiences in journalism and writing Cardinal, her award-winning work that reveals a culture of entitlement; and Witness, her widely lauded account of courageous people who have come forward and faced their abusers in high-profile child abuse and sexual assault cases. 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.

Louise Milligan (Australian)

Louise Milligan

Louise Milligan is an investigative reporter for ABC TV’s Four Corners and the bestselling author of the Walkley Award–winning Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell. The book broke international news; uncovering new insights about Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric and laying bare the awful history of clergy abuse in the Australian Catholic Church. Her latest highly acclaimed book, Witness, explores the brutal treatment of victims in the criminal justice system and was recently awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Louise received the 2019 Australian Press Council Press Freedom Medal for her work.

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.