For some, DNA testing is a harmless foray into their family’s past. But for others, it can be life-changing. The increase in popularity of DNA testing means thousands of people all over the world are unearthing long-held secrets, opening up a floodgate of questions for their families and our society. With donors often shielded by non-disclosure and anonymity laws, for many, the results of these tests can start a lifelong struggle with laws that protect the interests of parents – but not their children. Bri Lee joins journalist Sarah Dingle and author Dani Shapiro (Inheritance) to explore the complex questions surrounding our right to know our own identity.
Dani Shapiro is supported by Kathy and Greg Shand.
Dani Shapiro (International)
Dani Shapiro is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling memoir Inheritance. Her other books include the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the Co-Founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. In 2019, Dani launched an original podcast, Family Secrets, in collaboration with iHeartMedia. An iTunes Top 10 podcast, the series features stories from guests who – like Dani – have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
Sarah Dingle (Australian)
Sarah is an award-winning investigative reporter and presenter with the ABC, working across radio and TV. In addition to two Walkley Awards, her work has also won the 2019 Walkley Foundation’s Our Watch Award for reporting on violence towards women and girls, and several UN Media Peace Prizes and Amnesty International media awards. Her stories have been recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Sports Commission and the National Press Club. She is donor-conceived.
Bri Lee (Australian)
Bri Lee is an award-winning author and freelance journalist. Her books are Eggshell Skull and Beauty, and her writing has appeared in The Monthly, Good Weekend, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian, and elsewhere. Bri's legal research and advocacy around consent law saw her named a Financial Review "Woman of Influence" in 2019.