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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. Presented in partnership with the Brisbane Writers Festival.

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.


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. Jay has worked as a freelance correspondent for CBS News, advised the US State Department on Somali piracy, and has appeared on CNN, the BBC, and the A... Read more

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 ... Read more


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