The Meaning Of Life, Death, And Everything In Between

Moderator: Norman Swan • Megan Albany, Chloe Hooper and Zoe Coyle

2.00 PM – 3.00 PM
Kambri Cultural Centre (ANU)

Bookended by birth and death are all the nonsensical bits we call life in between . . . Our panel dives in to discuss what we do when things go wrong and how we make meaning of them.



Megan is a proud First Nations woman of Kalkadoon and European heritage who has worked as an editor, scriptwriter, songwriter/composer, and journalist. She has written for publications including The Guardian (UK), Metro (Ireland), Irish Echo and the Koori Mail. Megan has a Masters in Creative Writing, has taught creative writing as part of the Disadvantaged Schools Program, and has taught literacy on Pitjantjatjaran lands. The Very Last List of Vivian Walker, her first novel, was shortlisted for The Banjo Prize in 2020 and highly commended in the Australian Society of Authors 2020 Award Mentorship Program.



Chloe’s most recent book is the bestselling The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire. Her 2008 book The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island won the Victorian, New South Wales, West Australian and Queensland Premiers’ Literary Awards, as well as the John Button Prize for Political Writing and a Ned Kelly Award for crime writing. She is also the author of two other acclaimed novels, A Child’s Book of True Crime and The Engagement.



Zoë Coyle has spent over 15 years in corporate and communication training, building on her 20 years’ experience as a film and theatre actor in the UK, US and Australia. She is the communication coach of choice for the CEOs of some of Australia’s largest companies, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations. Where The Light Gets In is her first novel.



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.