with Danielle Celermajer, Gabrielle Chan and Richard McGregor / Chaired by Sophie Cunningham
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It began with Australia ablaze and ended with a scramble to avoid the latest cluster of the clusterf*** that was COVID-19. In between were floods, flailing democracies, dodged accountabilities, and a weird fugue that swallowed April – July. It’s no wonder we emerged from 2020 wondering: “What just happened?”. Sophie Cunningham’s Fire Flood Plague pondered just that. She facilitates a conversation with contributors Richard McGregor and Gabrielle Chan, joined by Danielle Celermajer, whose essay collection Summertime: Reflections on a Vanishing Future is an an urgent elegy for looming loss.
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Danielle Celermajer is an academic at the University of Sydney and author of two books, The Prevention of Torture and The Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apologies, and a collection of essays, Summertime: Reflection on a Vanishing Future. She contributes regularly to other books and publications including Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian, and is a regular on RN’s ‘The Minefield’ and ‘The Philosopher’s Zone’.
Gabrielle Chan has been a journalist for more than 30 years. Currently with The Guardian Australia, she has previously worked at The Australian, the ABC and The Daily Telegraph and is the author of three books, including Rusted Off.
Author of the acclaimed bestseller The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers, Richard McGregor has reported from Asia for two decades. Formerly Chief of the Washington Bureau of the Financial Times, he has won numerous awards for his journalism. He has also contributed articles and reports to the BBC, the International Herald Tribune and the Far Eastern Economic Review. In 2015 he was made a Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington.
Sophie Cunningham is the editor of the collection Fire, Flood,Plague: Australian writers respond to 2020. She is the author of six books including, Melbourne, City of Trees and the children’s book Tippy & Jellybean: The True Story of a Brave Koala who Saved her Baby from a Bushfire. She is a former book publisher and editor, a former chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, a former editor of the literary journal Meanjin, a co-founder of The Stella Prize and is now an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University’s Non/fiction Lab. In 2019 Sophie Cunningham was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contributions to literature.