Death is our most fascinating taboo subject. ABC’s Michaela Kalowski leads a thought-provoking discussion about euthanasia with four authors who have written about death. Steven Amsterdam’s The Easy Way Out looks at what it’s like for the people tapped to do the deed. After is Nikki Gemmell’s searing account of her mother’s decision to end her own life. In his memoir Admissions, neurosurgeon Henry Marsh tries to understand what matters in the end. In Time to Die, Rodney Syme tackles questions around assisted dying. 

Nikki Gemmell (Australian)

Nikki Gemmell

Nikki Gemmell is known as one of Australia’s most provocative and honest writers. She’s the bestselling author of some 20 books, including Shiver, The Bride Stripped Bare and After. Her latest novel is The Ripping Tree. Her exploration of love and female creativity, Dissolve, will be published later this year. Nikki writes a popular and often controversial column in The Weekend Australian Magazine. She was born in Wollongong and her books have been translated into 22 languages.

Michaela Kalowski (Australian)

Michaela Kalowski

Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer and moderator for writers and ideas festivals. She's interviewed writers and thinkers from the worlds of arts, science and politics. Highlight interviews include Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Trent Dalton, Amos Oz, Column McCann, Stan Grant, Robyn Davidson, Holly Ringland, Etgar Keret, Charlotte Wood and Laura Marling. She has conducted radio interviews for ABC Radio National's The Music Show, Big Ideas and The Bookshelf, ABC Classic and has presented programs on ABC Radio National and Local Radio.