Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a seven-time winner of journalism’s most prestigious award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley. At Sydney Writers' Festival, she will appear at Can You Spot a Liar?, reflecting on the crimes she's solved and scandals she's exposed, and He Who Must Not Be Named: Suppression Law, about suppression, secrecy, censorship and the news.
Jill Abramson: Merchants of Truth, 2 May, 8pm
Apart from being fascinated by the topic of journalism in the age of clickbait and the rise of BuzzFeed and Vice, is it bad to also want to know how Jill Abramson feels about an article which recently appeared in her old paper, The New York Times (of which she is the former executive editor), suggesting she had plagiarized passages in her book?
Ian Parker: The Talented Dan Mallory, 4 May, 10am
Ian Parker wrote the riveting expose about Dan Mallory, who writes under the name AJ Finn. Now that everyone, including writers, appear to need a gripping back-story, The New Yorker devoted 12,000 words to totally demolishing Mallory’s. His mother isn’t dead, he doesn’t have brain cancer or a PhD from Oxford.
Simon Schama: Wordy, 4 May, 6pm
I love Simon Schama’s work, especially Citizens, his tome on the French Revolution. I also love David Marr and the sobriquet 'wordy' could equally apply to him. He and I used to joke that when he worked at The Sydney Morning Herald his opening paragraph would take longer to write than one of my entire investigations.
I have always been fascinated by the lives of Virginia Woolf, Vanessa and Clive Bell. This session with Sophie Cunningham could be the perfect anecdote to the myriad of social and political ills currently swamping us. Although, if you want to have a break from all the lying and cheating sessions at Sydney Writers' Festival, the complicated love lives of the Bloomsbury folk might bring you straight back into the vortex.