Special Event

New World Disorder

Matthew Reilly, Ed Husain, Phillipa McGuinness, Greg Sheridan & Gwynne Dyer moderated by Katharine Murphy

Saturday 25 August 2018
6.00PM – 7.30PM
Gandel Atrium
National Museum of Australia

Netflix. The rise of the dictator. Brexit. Global refugee crisis. Cyber wars. The challenge of China. At a time of unprecedented global change, when technology is threatening the humble newsagent and ushering in the driverless car, our illustrious panel will attempt to sift through this new world disorder. Where are the strong global leaders for these treacherous times? Will Donald Trump win a second term or be impeached for past misdeeds? And will bookstores survive the onslaught of Amazon? Our power panel will debate these and other seminal issues in one of the Canberra Writers’ Festival’s most anticipated events. Moderated by Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy.

Matthew Reilly is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author and has sold over 7.5 million copies of his novels worldwide. His books are published in more than 20 languages in 20 countries. Following rejections from all the major publishers, Matthew famously self-published Contest in 1996, printing 1,000 copies which he sold into bookshops throughout Sydney, one shop at a time. He currently lives in Los Angeles. 

Ed Husain is the author of The Islamist, a memoir of his time inside radical Islamism. Having rejected extremism, he now advises governments and political leaders on Islam. He is a senior fellow at Civitas, Institute for the Study of Civil Society in London and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre in Washington DC. He was a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York for five years and co-founded Quilliam, the world's first counter-extremism think-tank in Britain. He has written for the New York Times, the Telegraph, the Financial Times and appeared on CNN, BBC, and others. He lives in London.

Phillipa McGuinness is the author of The Year Everything Changed-2001, published by Penguin Random House in 2018. She is executive publisher at NewSouth/UNSW Press, where she has published many award-winning books of history, politics, biography and narrative non-fiction. Her own work has been published in The Guardian, Meanjin and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Greg Sheridan is a foreign affairs journalist and commentator. He joined The Australian in 1984 and worked in Beijing, Washington, and Canberra. He has been the foreign editor of The Australian since 1992.  He is active across radio and television, specialises in Asian politics and has written four books on the topic.

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries. In Canada, Dyer’s column appears regularly in about sixty newspapers while in the United States in more than 20 newspapers. Outside North America, papers that use Dyer’s column regularly include an additional 35 outlets globally.

Katharine Murphy has been a journalist in Canberra’s Parliamentary Press Gallery for two decades and is now political editor of Guardian Australia. She is the host of the political podcast Australian politics live and a regular pundit on television and radio, including the ABC’s Insiders program. In 2008, she won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism, while in 2012 she was a Walkley award finalist in the best digital journalism category. She regularly contributes to Meanjin.