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Pulitzer Prize–Winning Journalist Behind Weinstein Sexual Abuse Revelations to Join MWF18

Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist for The New Yorker, author and attorney Ronan Farrow is the first guest to be revealed for Melbourne Writers Festival 2018.

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre, Farrow will take centre stage at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre on Thursday 30 August to discuss power, abuse and facing facts with Australian journalist Tracey Spicer.

Farrow has played a central role in exposing the scale of sexual misconduct among powerful men in America, including President Donald Trump. His reporting on allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s systematic, predatory behaviour detailed the powerful networks complicit in victim-silencing and was instrumental in building international momentum for the #MeToo movement in 2017.

Last month The New Yorker and The New York Times were awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for spurring a worldwide reckoning about the sexual abuse of women” based on Farrow’s work for the magazine, and the work of Meghan Twohey and Jodi Kantor at The New York Times.

MWF artistic director Marieke Hardy said: “MWF could not be more honoured to welcome such a powerful and important journalistic voice in the global #MeToo movement. Ronan’s New Yorker piece sparked yet another conversation the world must participate in.”

Farrow’s first book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence has also just been released. In it, Farrow draws on his experience as a former State Department employee to argue that American diplomacy is bleeding out. The finely researched piece includes interviews with every living former secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson.

At MWF18, Ronan Farrow will discuss disclosure, courage and upheaval in reporting on sexual harassment and abuse with writer and activist Tracey Spicer.

Also joining the MWF is Emily Nussbaum, the New Yorker’s TV critic since 2011. Nussbaum has won a large and devoted international audience by giving contemporary television the incisive and sophisticated criticism it deserves, turning her attention to shows ranging from Atlanta to The Good Wife to Girls, Breaking Bad and more. The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and chronicler of popular culture will talk about art and storytelling on screen at Deakin Edge in Fed Square on Saturday 25 August.

Pre-sale tickets have now sold out. More tickets will be released when MWF goes on sale 20 July.

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre, as part of MEL&NYC supported by the Victorian Government.