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Building Empathy in an Age of Terrorism and Asylum Seeking
Code: SR9  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Feminism, Fiction
Tuesday, May 15 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba Venue & Transport Info
Chris McCourt, Ghassan Nakhoul (facilitator)
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As society polarises around issues of terrorism and asylum seekers, how can writers help to build empathy and understanding for our common human condition? Chris McCourt, who has written a pacy novel set in the Australian outback, and Ghassan Nakhoul, the first Arabic writer to win a Walkley Award, discuss their different approaches.

Presented with Varuna, The Writers’ House.

Tuesday 15 May all-day pass $60/$50
Monday & Tuesday 2-day pass $90 (no concession)
Single Sessions (unless otherwise indicated): $15

Chris McCourt (Australian)

Chris McCourt was born and educated in Sydney but lived in Tokyo as a child. After a brief career as an actress, she joined Crawford Productions in Melbourne as a trainee and has since worked as a scriptwriter on shows as diverse as McLeod’s Daughters and G.P.. Chris is currently a writer on the hit TV series Packed to the Rafters and one of the writers developing a new mystery drama for the ABC set in 1950s Ballarat.

Ghassan Nakhoul (Australian)

Ghassan Nakhoul is a senior producer with SBS Radio’s Arabic program. In 2002 he won the station’s first Walkley Award for his investigative documentary The Five Mysteries of SIEV X. Ghassan studied media and politics in Lebanon. He started his career in radio and print media in Beirut before migrating to Australia in 1989. He joined SBS Radio in 1991. Ghassan is also a lecturer at the University of Sydney. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French.