Jay Bahadur

Jay Bahadur

Canadian journalist Jay Bahadur visits Australia for the Wheeler Centre and the Brisbane Writers Festival to discuss his book Deadly Waters, an exploration of the world of Somali pirates, with fellow reporter Christine Kenneally.

In his debut book, Jay ventures to the remote pirate havens of Puntland, a region in northeastern Somalia, and tells of the lives of pirates behind the image of opportunistic bands of criminals: how they spend their money, how they conduct business, how they think and why they risk their lives on often suicidal missions. Jay sits down and talks with pirates, the security personnel tasked with combating them, and former hostages who remained captive for months awaiting news of a ransom.

Speaking with Kenneally, he discusses the emergence of modern piracy amidst the political uncertainty and vast poverty of the past two decades in Somalia. He shares the knowledge he’s gathered about the origins, motivations and practices of pirates, as well as the attempts by governments to thwart them and the difficulties posed by clan loyalty.

Presented in partnership with the Brisbane Writers Festival.


Portrait of Jay Bahadur

Jay Bahadur

Jay Bahadur is a Canadian freelance journalist who has published articles in The Times, The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Globe and Mail.

Portrait of Christine Kenneally

Christine Kenneally

Christine Kenneally is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Slate, Time, New Scientist, Scientific American, the Monthly, BuzzFeed and other publications. She writes about identity, culture, and science, and her stories have covered death in 20th century orphanages, brain surgery, emergency communications, and animal thought.

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