What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Tony Maniaty, Steve Lewis, Bridie Jabour moderated by Phillipa McGuinness

Saturday 25 August 2018
9.30AM – 10.30AM
Common Room
University House, ANU

What could possibly wrong? The answer is, a lot! Three leading writers discuss the pressures and coping mechanisms they employ along the road to the completion and possible success of a work.  Our panel is respected journalist and author, Steve Lewis (co-author with Chris Uhlmann of the best-selling The Marmalade Files and its sequel The Mandarin Code), Tony Maniaty, author, journalist, academic and photographer (whose books include Shooting Balibo, All Over the Shop and Smyrna) and Bridie Jabour, journalist and widely acclaimed debut novelist of The Way Things Should Be with publisher and author, Phillipa McGuinness, as moderator.

Tony Maniaty is a career communicator: author, journalist, screenwriter, photographer, speechwriter, academic and media advisor. Tony spent more than two decades as a field reporter, TV producer, news manager and foreign correspondent with ABC News, SBS News, the BBC and other networks, and his extensive reporting of post-Soviet Europe and was nominated for the Walkley Awards’ Best International Reporting. Tony has published two novels, a memoir and is currently writing a fiction trilogy. Tony has received numerous literary awards, including Australia Council Fellowships, the NSW Premier’s Writer’s Award, the Martin Bequest for Literature, and the National Short Story of the Year Award.

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.

Bridie Jabour is a writer who has worked as a journalist for News Corp, Fairfax and Guardian Australia. She appears regularly on the ABC, Sky News, Triple J and ABC radio Sydney and is co-host of the podcast Behind the Lines. She is assistant news editor at Guardian Australia where she has reported on social affairs, politics and regional issues. She has worked in the Canberra press gallery and was a reporter for Brisbane Times after starting her career at the Gold Coast Bulletin in Queensland. The Way Things Should Be is her first novel. 

Phillipa McGuinness is the author of The Year Everything Changed-2001, published by Penguin Random House in 2018. She is executive publisher at NewSouth/UNSW Press, where she has published many award-winning books of history, politics, biography and narrative non-fiction. Her own work has been published in The Guardian, Meanjin and the Sydney Morning Herald.