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Canberra Criminals

Tim Ayliffe, Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann moderated by Dan Bourchier

Sunday 26 August 2018
1.00PM – 2.00PM
Common Room
University House, ANU

The acclaimed Secret City trilogy by Lewis and Uhlmann features Canberra as a central character; the national capital at its brooding best. Now, in his debut novel The Greater Good, Tim Ayliffe also places a hard-boiled journalist at the centre of his narrative. Hear how writing crime and political thrillers can be good for the soul. Dan Bourchier hosts ABC Radio Canberra’s Breakfast program and the 7pm ABC TV News bulletin.

Tim Ayliffe has been a journalist for almost 20 years and is the Managing Editor of Television and Video for ABC News. He has also worked as TV News Editor for ABC News and the Executive Producer of ABC News Breakfast. Before joining the ABC in 2006, Tim worked in London for Sky News as a digital and television journalist. The Greater Good is the first book in a three-book series featuring John Bailey. When he's not writing or chasing news stories Tim rides bikes and surfs.

Steve Lewis arrived in Canberra in 1992 and spent more than two decades working in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery. He worked for the Australian Financial Review, The Australian and News Corp mastheads, before joining communications firm Newgate Communications in 2014.  Steve is the co-author, with Chris Uhlmann, of the best-selling Secret City trilogy – the Marmalade Files, the Mandarin Code and the Shadow Game. He is one of the creative forces behind the award-winning Foxtel television drama Secret City, which won two Logies and showcased Canberra to the world. Secret City 2 will be shown on Foxtel soon. Steve is currently developing several political and spy thrillers for television, and is determined to make Canberra a compelling location for world-class film making. He is a member of the National Press Club board, and is married with three children.

Chris Uhlmann is political editor for Nine News. In 19 years at the ABC he co-hosted Canberra’s top rating breakfast program and the national broadcaster’s flagships: AM, 730 and Insiders. Chris spent a decade leading the ABC’s political coverage across all platforms, winning a Walkley for broadcast interviewing and the Gold Quill for the Four Corners-Fairfax investigation of Chinese Communist Party influence in Australia. With Steve Lewis he co-authored The Marmalade Files,  Mandarin Code  and  Shadow Gam e which were made into the Logie winning mini-series Secret City. 

Dan Bourchier is a multi-award winning multi-platform journalist with the ABC. He is a broadcaster and hosts a daily breakfast radio program on ABC Radio Canberra, and anchors ABC Canberra’s 7pm news. He has reported across the country and around the world for close to 20 years. He was driven to news and reporting from an early age, and began a traineeship at the Tennant and District Times as a teenager still at school. Dan is driven by giving voice to the voiceless, holding to account those in positions of power, and telling really great stories.