Trump, BREXIT, Pauline Hanson. This panel will explore the rise of the far right and how it is impacting our political landscapes.
Brisbane Writers Festival 2017
Rise of the Far Right
John Safran is an author and documentary maker. His debut book Murder In Mississippi won the Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime and iTunes iBook Best Non-Fiction for 2014. John first hit TV screens in 1997, shooting and presenting ten mini-documentaries for Race Around the World (ABC). The ABC then commissioned two Safran specials including John Safran: Media Tycoon, satirising the world of foot-in-door journalism. His first ten-part series (John Safran's Music Jamboree, SBS) ripped the lid off the music industry. His next series (John Safran vs. God, SBS) saw John travel the world, diving into the most extreme religious experiences. These series earned him four Australian Film Institute awards and two Logie nominations. John has released a satirical song (Not The Sunscreen Song), and spent four years co-hosting the public radio show The Breakfasters (3RRR). In 2007 John shot a pilot for American MTV John Safran Saves America. And in 2009 he released John Safran's Race Relations (ABC TV), which was nominated for two international Rose d'Or awards. In 2015, John hung up his headphones after co-hosting Sunday Night Safran (Triple J) for ten years with Father Bob Maguire and he spent 2016 working on his second book and returning to our screens with The Goddam Election! for SBS – focusing on the minor parties in Australia and the role that religion plays in setting their agendas. Depends What You Mean By Extremist: Going Rogue with Australian Depolorables is his second book with Penguin Random House.
Chris Johnston is a Melbourne-based journalist, writer and editor who worked for Fairfax Media's The Age for twenty years before leaving this year to pursue new adventures.
Paul Williams coordinates the Creative Writing Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast and has won numerous awards for his teaching, research and creative writing. His Young Adult mystery novel The Secret of Old Mukiwa won the Zimbabwe International Book Fair award, and his memoir Soldier Blue was nominated as Book of the Year in South Africa in 2008. Some recent publications are Cokcraco (Lacuna 2013), a fictocritical novel about the interweaving of fiction and criticism, Parallax (Zharmae 2014, 2015), a series of young adult speculative fiction novels and Playing with Words (Palgrave Macmillan (UK). His stories and critical articles have appeared in Meanjin, TEXT, New Writing, Social Alternatives, New Contrast and the Chicago Quarterly Review.
Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. Prior to moving to Duke, she taught for two decades at Northwestern University, where she served as Chair of the Department of History and Peter B. Ritzma Professor in the Humanities. She is the author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan; Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace; The American Women’s Movement, 1945-2000: A Brief History with Documents and Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present. Her scholarship has received more than a dozen prizes and awards, and been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Foundation. In 2010, she was elected a fellow of the Society of American Historians, which recognizes literary distinction in the writing of history and biography.
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