Working with Words: Nina Oyama
Nina Oyama is a comedian, actress and writer. She spoke with us about indecipherable teenage diaries, generating ideas late at night and magic potatoes.
‘Twenty years ago, when I first arrived on the plains, I kept my eyes open. I looked for anything in the landscape that seemed to hint at some elaborate meaning behind appearances.'
The famous opening lines of Gerald Murnane's The Plains might describe the author's own approach to his work as much as that of the story's unnamed narrator. Murnane…
Working with Words: Alex McKinnon
Alex McKinnon is a Sydney-based writer and journalist. He spoke with us about the importance of curiosity, refusing to write for free and how snark and sarcasm can become hollow.
Working with Words: Maryam Azam
Maryam Azam is a poet and teacher living in Western Sydney. She spoke with us about observing raw human nature, stolen diaries and leaving teen angst behind.
The Fifth Estate
For this episode, Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft welcomes Tracey Spicer to the Wheeler Centre for a conversation about her accomplished, diverse and fearless life and career in Australian journalism – and the challenges and opportunities arising from the popular movements seeking to correct entrenched sexist behaviour in the media and beyond.
Sally Warhaft and Tracey Spicer — Photo: Jon Tjhia
In a journalism and media career spanning three decades, you could say Tracey Spicer has seen it all. She’s reported locally, nationally and internationally for TV, radio, print and online, working in news, current affairs, documentary and lifestyle programmes. She’s been a reporter, editor, essayist, columnist, trainer, producer – and, of course, a newsreader and presenter.
As one of Australian media’s stalwarts, Spicer has seen the best and worst of the industry, especially in terms of its treatment of women. Her 2006 unfair dismissal case against Channel Ten signalled a shift in the fight against workplace discrimination. For Spicer, it was about standing up for all women. And Spicer’s advocacy extends beyond media – she’s been an ambassador for Dying with Dignity, ActionAid, World Vision, Cancer Council NSW and many more.
Working with Words: Alistair Baldwin
Alistair Baldwin is a comedian, improviser and writer for The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. He spoke with us about writers as products, the potential for genetic modification to save and/or destroy us all, and writing an advice column using only knowledge of Agatha Christie.
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