In conversation with Kerry O'Brien

ANU/CANBERRA TIMES MEET THE AUTHOR

Walkley award winning ABC journalist, Kerry O'Brien, will be in conversation with Karen Middleton on Kerry's new book, Kerry O'Brien. A Memoir, which reflects on social and political upheavals he has witnessed and the personalities who have made history.

Whether strolling the history-laden corridors of the White House unhindered while waiting to interview Barack Obama, or talking with Nelson Mandela on his first day in the presidential residence in Pretoria in a room filled with the blood-soaked ghosts of apartheid, or receiving a haughty rebuke from an indignantly regal Margaret Thatcher, or exploring ideas with some of the great artists, philosophers and scientists of our time, Kerry O'Brien has sought to unearth the truth behind the news. In Australia, he has watched 13 prime ministers come and go and has called the powerful to account without fear or favour.

In this intimate ground-breaking account told with wit and insight. O'Brien reflects on the big events, the lessons learned and lessons ignored, along with the foibles and strengths of public figures who construct our world. The end result is a memoir like no other - an engrossing study of a private life lived in the public eye and wrapped in nearly three-quarters of a century of social and political history.

Kerry O'Brien is one of Australia's most respected journalists, with six Walkley awards, including the Gold Walkley and the Walkley for outstanding leadership in journalism. Kerry's career has spanned more than 50 years, 33 with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Kerry was the inaugural presenter of Lateline for six years, the editor and presenter of 7.30 for 15 years, and the presenter of Four Corners for five. His acclaimed 2013 four-part interview series with Paul Keating was followed by his 2015 best-selling book, Keating. Kerry has honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology.

Karen Middleton is The Saturday Paper's Chief Political Correspondent, previously occupying the same role for SBS Television. Karen has worked in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1989 and served as its President for four years. Karen is an experienced television, radio and newspaper commentator, appearing regularly on ABC TV's Insiders.

Pre-event book signing will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books will be available to purchase.