Multi-Walkley-winning Sydney crime reporter Kate McClymont and former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery QC share insider details into their recently published accounts of some of the most headline-grabbing murder trials in the city’s history, in conversation with David Marr. Nicholas’ Frank and Fearless chronicles some of the most notorious cases of his distinguished career, including the trials of Gordon Wood, Keli Lane and Jeffrey Gilham. Kate’s Dead Man Walking tells the complete story of the lives and shoddy dealings behind the contract killing of businessman Michael McGurk orchestrated by Point Piper property developer and Ron Medich. From death threats and powerful enemies to personal sacrifices – bringing justice to light is a high-stakes game. Don’t miss Kate and Nicholas on what it takes to stand your ground.
Kate McClymont (Australian)
Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a seven-time winner of journalism's most prestigious award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley for her coverage of the Bulldogs salary cap rorts. She was named the 2012 NSW Journalist of the Year for her investigations into the fraudulent activities of Michael Williamson, the head of the Health Services Union and the business activities of former NSW Labor minister, Eddie Obeid. In 2017, she was inducted into the Media Hall of Fame for her contribution to the industry. Her latest book, Dead Man Walking, tells the complete story of the lives and shoddy business deals of Michael McGurk and Ron Medich. It was Kate in whom millionaire businessman Michael McGurk confided that he feared for his life, just one week before he was fatally gunned down outside his Sydney home.
Nicholas Cowdery (Australian)
Nicholas Cowdery AO QC has spent 50 years in criminal justice in various capacities, as a public defender, a barrister, an acting judge and for 16½ years as director of public prosecutions for NSW. He is a former president of the International Association of Prosecutors. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at universities in NSW. He is President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties and campaigns for criminal law reform. In Frank & Fearless, Nicholas reflects on some of the most notorious and difficult cases of his distinguished career.
David Marr (Australian)
David Marr is a journalist and broadcaster who now writes for Guardian Australia. He’s published a couple of biographies and a number of books about politics, censorship and immigration. Over the last 10 years he has written a number of Quarterly Essays. His latest is The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race. He previously presented Media Watch and appears regularly on Insiders and The Drum. His most recent book is My Country, an anthology of essays.