Catch Me If You Can

Moderator: Tim Ayliffe • Sandi Logan, Shelley Burr and Jack Heath

2.00 PM – 3.00 PM
Members' Dining Room
Museum of Australian Democracy

When is truth stranger than fiction? From real-life drug-running grannies to searing thrillers, Sandi Logan, Shelley Burr, and Jack Heath discuss the power of personal investigation.



After a career in journalism spanning a decade from 1974, Sandi Logan joined the Australian foreign service and undertook stints in PNG, Bonn and Washington, DC, before returning to Canberra as a spokesperson for various departments, agencies and ministers until consulting in communications strategy from 2014. He is the author of Betrayed: The Incredible Untold Inside Story of the Two Most Unlikely Drug-running Grannies in Australian History.



Shelley grew up on Newcastle's beaches and her grandparents' farm in Glenrowan, and on the road between the two. When not writing, she works in environmental policy in Canberra and is studying agriculture at the University of New England, with a focus on soil science. She is an alumnus of the ACT Writers Hardcopy program (2018) and a Varuna fellow. WAKE won the CWA Debut Dagger Award in 2019 and was shortlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award and the Bath Novel Award.



Jack Heath sold his first manuscript as a teenager. He's now the award-winning author of 39 books, which have been translated into eight languages, adapted for film and optioned for TV. His newest book for adults is Kill Your Brother, and his newest book for children is 10 Minutes of Danger. He lives on Ngunnawal land.



A journalist for more than 20 years, Tim is the managing editor of television and video for ABC News. He has travelled widely and worked in London for British Sky News. A few years ago, he turned his hand to writing global crime thrillers featuring former foreign correspondent John Bailey. He is the author of The Greater Good, State of Fear and The Enemy Within.