In conversation with Robyn Williams


Robyn Williams will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Robyn's memoir, Turmoil: Letters from the brink, a searingly honest and often blackly funny reflection on his life, friends, the people he loves and loathes, and a multi-faceted career that includes over forty years on radio.

Robyn writes frankly about everything, from performing with Monty Python, his impressions of fellow scientists Richard Dawkins, David Attenborough, Cate Blanchett and Mark Colvin, and his unique insights on climate change and the recent devaluing of science, to frugality and being treated for bowel cancer. Turmoil is a revealing and compelling account of a life well lived.

'An unblinking and highly readable biography by the greatest science broadcaster of our times.'  - Tim Flannery.

 Robyn Williams AM, is one of Australia's best known broadcasters and has presented science programs on ABC radio and television since 1972, notably RN's The Science Show andOckham's Razor. The author of 16 books, he is the first journalist to be elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and has been designated a National Living Treasure.

Outside the ABC, Robyn has served in various capacities, including president of the Australian Museum Trust, chairman of the Commission for the Future, and president of the Australian Science Communicators. In 1987, he was proclaimed a National Living Treasure. He has received honorary Doctorates in Science from the University of Sydney, Macquarie and Deakin Universities and a honorary Doctorate of Law from the ANU.

Alex Sloan is the 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year and is one of Canberra's best-known and loved personalities. She retired from the ABC radio after 27 years at the end of 2016 and is a regular conversationalist for ANU meet the author events.

Professor Kiaran Kirk will deliver the vote of thanks. Kiaran is Dean of Science at the ANU, a biochemist and biomedical scientist with a longstanding interest in the biology of the malaria parasite, antimalarial drugs and drug-resistance.

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.