Closing Night: Light Bulb Moment
Indira Naidoo, Samuel Johnson, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, Norman Swan, Veronica Gorrie, Rick Morton, Dianne O’Brien, Ben Bravery and Jane Caro
There are moments in life when everything changes — small moments with big consequences. CWF’s signature closing night event, Light Bulb Moment, is not to be missed, with a stellar line-up of speakers divulging their personal epiphanies.
Indira is one of Australia's most popular broadcasters and authors. During her 30-year award-winning journalistic career, she has hosted and reported for some of the country's most distinguished news and current affairs programs and is currently the host of ABC Radio's Weekend Nightlife. A passionate advocate for environmental and food sustainability issues, she is author of the bestselling The Edible Balcony and The Edible City. Her most recent book is The Space Between the Stars: On Love, Loss and the Magical Power of Nature to Heal.
Samuel Johnson won a Gold Logie for his portrayal of Molly Meldrum and danced his way to the Mirrorball trophy on Dancing with the Stars. He prefers to be known as a brother to his sister Connie, who died of cancer in September 2017. Since Connie’s diagnosis, Samuel has unicycled 16,000 km around Australia, helped build a giant love heart out of 50 million five cent- pieces and helped raise more than $13m for cancer research. He was the 2018 Victorian of the Year for his charity work to vanquish cancer. Samuel is a bestselling author with his and Connie's book Love Your Sister. His latest book is Dear Mum.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert is a scholar of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Kylie speaks several Middle Eastern languages and has spent significant periods travelling and conducting academic research in the region. She was falsely charged with espionage and imprisoned in Iran from September 2018 to November 2020 before being released in a prisoner exchange deal negotiated by the Australian government. This is the subject of her book, The Uncaged Sky: My 804 Days in an Iranian Prison.
Trained in paediatrics, Dr Swan was one of the first medically qualified journalists in Australia, with a broadcast career spanning more than 30 years. He currently hosts Radio National's The Health Report and co-hosts Coronacast. He also reports on 7.30 and is a guest reporter on Four Corners, appears on The Drum and is an occasional host of Radio National Breakfast.
Veronica Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai woman, a writer and the author of Black and Blue, a memoir reflecting on her Aboriginality and the decade she spent in the police force. Black and Blue won both the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and the Victorian Prize for Literature in 2022. Her first play, Nullung (‘maternal grandmother’ in Gunai), made its debut in 2021, the first known time the Gunai language was featured in a stage performance.
Rick Morton is the senior reporter with The Saturday Paper and the author of the bestselling memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt. He is the recipient of the 2017 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist, and his book was shortlisted for the National Biography Award 2019 and longlisted for the 2018 Walkley Book of the Year. His latest book is My Year of Living Vulnerably.
DIANNE ‘AUNTY DI’ O’BRIEN
Auntie Di is the chairperson of Mingaletta Corporation, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community hub. In 2017, she was named ‘NSW Grandparent of the Year’. She has held many senior positions in government organisations and has also worked in legal services and as a drug and alcohol counsellor. A victim of the Stolen Generations, Daughter of the River Country is Auntie Di’s remarkable memoir of abuse, survival and hope.
Originally a zoologist and science communicator, Ben Bravery worked for the Australian and Chinese governments before being diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer at age 28. After undergoing eighteen months of cancer treatment, Ben decided on a career change. He became a doctor in 2018 and is now undertaking speciality training in psychiatry. Ben volunteers, advocates, writes and speaks about colorectal cancer, living with cancer, cancer in young adults, medicine and medical education, and is committed to advocating for change in Australia's healthcare system.
Jane Caro AM is a Walkley Award-winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, advertising writer, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator.