Hailed as an acute and nuanced interrogator of modern prejudices, Guardian UK writer Nesrine Malik unpicks the myths that feed our fractured culture in We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent. Nesrine counters the idea that the greatest threat to society comes from feminists, migrants and ‘snowflakes’, asks whether freedom of speech is being used to promote prejudice, examines white identity politics, and more. The Sudanese-born, London-based author meets Guardian Australia’s Bridie Jabour to discuss her thought-provoking plea for new narrators to unite society under a shared vision.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Nesrine Malik (International)

Nesrine Malik

Nesrine Malik is a British Sudanese author and columnist and features writer for Guardian UK. She was born in Sudan and grew up in Kenya, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. She received her undergraduate education at the American University in Cairo and University of Khartoum, and her postgraduate education at the University of London. Alongside her journalism career she previously spent 10 years in emerging markets private equity. Her first book is We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent.

Bridie Jabour (Australian)

Bridie Jabour

Bridie Jabour is the Opinion Editor at Guardian Australia, where she has also worked as assistant news editor and a reporter. She writes social commentary and on pop culture and is a regular guest on The Drum, triple j and ABC News Breakfast. Her debut novel The Way Things Should Be was published in the UK as My Not So Functional Family.