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Truth is stranger than fiction. Can fiction be stronger than truth? Geraldine Brooks and Mark Colvin


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In a society seemingly obsessed with (and overcome by) stories, where should we look for truth? Is ‘emotional truth’ a valuable tool and vehicle for reflection, or is it a foolhardy conceit? What does literature offer a world abundant with decadence and despair?

Geraldine Brooks is perfectly placed to consider these questions. Across two decades, the exceptionally accomplished writer has crafted a distinguished career as a foreign correspondent as well as a bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction, winning awards for all three – including the Pulitzer Prize for her novel March. Her far-reaching work has reached topics including rebellion, desire, geopolitics and distant history, augmented by her personal commitment to environmentalism and conversion to Judaism.

Brooks will investigate reality and imagination with a fellow traveller – highly respected journalist, filmmaker and veteran ABC broadcaster Mark Colvin, whose foreign reporting work includes the American hostage crisis in Tehran, the Cambodian peace process and the Ethiopian famine.


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Geraldine Brooks

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in Sydney’s western suburbs. She worked for the Sydney Morning Herald and in 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton scholarship to the journalism master’s program at Columbia University. Later she worked for the Wall S... Read more

Mark Colvin

Mark Colvin is an Australian journalist, filmmaker and broadcaster. He has been the presenter of PM, one of the flagship Australian radio current affairs programs on the ABC Radio network, since 1997. As a foreign correspondent, Mark covered such major stories as the American hostage crisi... Read more


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