A Certain Light

Cynthia Banham In Conversation with Fran Kelly

Sunday 26 August 2018
2.30PM – 3.30PM
Common Room
University House, ANU

Sacrifice, loss, joy and love collide in this extraordinary memoir by an extraordinary woman. Journalist Cynthia Banham survived the horrific 2007 Garuda air crash, and in this searing tale of family and grief, tells of the determination to overcome her life-threatening injuries. Buoyed by the support of her family – and the birth of her son - Banham’s story is a resounding affirmation of the human spirit.

In conversation with ABC Radio National breakfast host Fran Kelly.

Cynthia Banham grew up in Sydney and worked there as a solicitor and later in Canberra. As the Foreign Affairs and Defence correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald. Cynthia completed a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master in International Affairs at the Australian National University. In 2015 she was awarded a UQ Fellowship at the University of Queensland to research and teach in the School of Political Science and International Studies.  Her first book, Liberal Democracies and the Torture of Their Citizens, based on her doctoral thesis, was published in 2017. She is currently a Visitor at the ANU's School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet).  She met her husband, Michael, while reporting for The Herald as the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery. Michael introduced her to Australian Rules football and she is now an ambassador for the Sydney Swans Football Club.

Fran Kelly is a respected radio presenter, current affairs journalist and political correspondent. She hosts the agenda-setting program RN Breakfast. Though Fran has become a feature of the ABC’s coverage of local and world affairs on both radio and television. She worked in the heart of politics in various roles within the Canberra press gallery as well as political editor for ABC TV’s 7.30 Report. Prior to returning to RB Breakfast she was been the ABC’s Europe correspondent.