Some things are worth getting up early for, especially when coffee and great conversation are guaranteed. Catch up on the news with The Sydney Morning Herald at the Festival’s first session of the day. Join SMH editors and journalists, and special guest Francis Wade, to hear what’s making headlines, and the stories we need to follow. Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Francis Wade (International)

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Francis Wade is an independent journalist and author based in London, focusing on Burma/Myanmar and Southeast Asia. Between 2009 and 2012 he headed the English language team at the award-winning Democratic Voice of Burma news organisation in northern Thailand, and has since produced reportage and commentary from across South and Southeast for international titles including The Guardian, Washington Post, Time, Foreign Policy, New York Review of Books and Foreign Affairs. In recent years he has focused on the mass violence and democratisation in Myanmar. Wade is the author of Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim 'Other'.