Burnt out by the 24-hour news cycle with its constant updates on Trump tweets, Middle Eastern crises and bitter Brexit disputes? You’re not alone. But should you give yourself permission to tune out? Don’t miss a panel discussion with Michael Willams, The Guardian’s Brigid Delaney, NPR’s Shanghai correspondent Rob Schmitz, acclaimed author Tara June Winch and award-winning journalist John Zubrzycki about the dilemma of looking away. Who will keep fighting on the information front line?

Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Tara June Winch (Australian)

Tara June Winch is an Australian (Wiradjuri) writer based in France. She was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist for her first novel Swallow the Air, which has been on the education and HSC syllabus since 2009. In the same year she was awarded the International Rolex Mentor and ProtŽgŽ Award that saw her work under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. Her latest book is After the Carnage, a collection of stories. Her forthcoming novel is The Yield, out early 2018.

John Zubrzycki (Australian)

John ZubrzyckiÕs latest book The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy tells the extraordinary story of one of the most enigmatic figures of the Raj. For the past two years John has been researching the history of Indian stage magic as part of a doctoral thesis at the University of NSW. A former deputy foreign editor at The Australian, he has worked in India as a correspondent, diplomat, consultant and tour guide. His first book was The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback.

Michael Williams (Australian)

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. A sometime Radio National presenter, he remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked in publishing and as a presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR (on Breakfasters), as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere.