LITERATURE WEEKEND IN THE CITY
Sophie McNeill is a hometown author who has travelled the world covering its most complex political emergencies. Through the eyes of civilians – ordinary people with dreams and passions and hopes – Sophie issues a call-to-arms, challenging us to go beyond observing and to ask the tough questions of our government. From the war in Syria to the refugee trail that ends in chaotic beach scenes in Greece to Yemen, Iraq and Palestine, We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know, tells the story of the region’s post-Arab Spring conflicts in a way that is accessible and direct. Join Sophie in conversation with Robert Wood.
Sophie McNeill is the Australia researcher for Human Rights Watch, based in Western Australia. She was formerly an investigative reporter with ABC TV’s Four Corners program where she produced programs on the Hong Kong protest movement and the mass arbitrary detention of Xinjiang’s Muslims by the Chinese government. Sophie was also a foreign correspondent for the ABC and SBS in the Middle East, working across the region in countries such as Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Turkey, as well as Israel/Palestine. Sophie has twice been awarded Australian Young TV Journalist of the Year and in 2010 won a Walkley Award for her investigation into the killing of five children in Afghanistan by Australian Special Forces soldiers. She was also nominated for a Walkley in 2015 for her coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2016 she won two more Walkleys for her coverage of Yemen and besieged towns in Syria. Previously, she worked as a reporter for ABC’s Foreign Correspondent and SBS’s Dateline programs and she is a former host of triple j’s news and current affairs program Hack. She is the author of “We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know: Dispatches from an Age of Impunity.”
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Sat 20 Feb
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