During his first-ever radio interview, Nick Brodie was told that he was too young to be a historian. Granted, he was wearing a hoodie and not a cardigan at the time. But the comment brought home to the writer of popular histories such as The Vandemonian War, 1787 and Kin that history is all too often considered an older person’s game. In this entertaining talk, he makes the case for why it’s essential to bring millennial voices and fresh perspectives to the sphere.

Nick Brodie (Australian)

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Nick Brodie is a professional history nerd. Having worked as a history lecturer and field archaeologist, he has brought fresh angles to old tales in 1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings, Kin: A Real People’s History of Our Nation and The Vandemonian War.

Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)

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Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident, a collection of short fiction about Indians in Australia. Her series of radio documentaries, On the Tip of a Billion Tongues, is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers and was commissioned and broadcast by Earshot on ABC RN. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales.