24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Michael Brissenden

Michael Brissenden has worked for the ABC for more than thirty years. He has been a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987. He began his career covering Federal politics and has been a correspondent in Moscow, Brussels and Washington. Michael covered many of the biggest international stories of the 1990s and early 2000s from all corners of the globe. He was the political editor for the 7.30 Report in Canberra from 2003 to 2009, the ABC's Defence and National Security Correspondent and most recently he has worked as host of AM national radio program. A two-time Walkley Award winner, Michael has recently joined the ABC'S 4 Corners as a reporter.


Canberra Writers Festival events

The Briefing with Alex McKinnon
Michael Brissenden in conversation

Friday 25th August 2017, 9:30am. Bookplate, National Library of Australia.
Tickets: Free, no bookings required.


Michael Brissenden in conversation with Steve Lewis

Long-time ABC journalist Michael Brissenden has put together a thriller ranging across the brutal battlegrounds of Afghanistan to the suburbs of western Sydney and the halls of power in Canberra.

Friday 25th August 2017, 12:00pm. Foyer, 4 National Circuit.
Tickets: SOLD OUT.


Canberra Writers Festival events - Host

Wine + Crime: What Lies Beneath
supported by the Goethe-Institut

Find out direct from the author why reviewers have said that reading Dirk Kurbjuweit's Fear “makes us sympathetic to violent revenge, accessories to murder”.

Saturday 26th August 2017, 2:30pm. Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the book

Sidney Allen is a Fed. Part of the Australian Federal Police's K block, a unit doing whatever it takes in order to stop terrorist attacks on home soil. 

But when young Muslim men on the Terror Watchlist start turning up dead, Sid and his partner, Haifa, have to work out what's going on.

Sectarian war? Drugs? Retribution? For Sid, there's nothing unclear about a bullet to the head and a severed hand. Someone is sending a message. 

Deciphering that message reveals a much wider threat and Sid and the agency have to decide just how far they'll go to prevent a deadly attack. 

Time is running out ... for them and Australia. 

From the brutal battlegrounds of Afghanistan, to the western Sydney suburbs and the halls of power in Canberra, THE LIST is a page-turning thriller where justice, revenge and the war on terror collide.

The List is published by Hachette.

Buy the book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.



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