Session 1: The Oration on Politics and Sport. In this vodcast Australian journalist and author Martin Flanagan gives the inaugural Sports Writers Festival Oration. Flanagan makes a compelling oration reflecting on politics and sport generally and in the local context, the experience of Adam Goodes and his journey.
Session 2: Grantland, The Ringer and working for Bill Simmons. In this vodcast Bryan Curtis, Editor-at-Large at The Ringer sits in discussion with Francis Leach to reflect on Curtis’ journey in sports writing and the privilege of working with legendary United States sports publisher Bill Simmons.
Session 3: Australian Sports Writers as Celebrities. This vodcast is moderated by writer and publisher, Russell Jackson, with contributions from Australian sportswriter, Richard Hinds, journalist and author, Gideon Haigh, La Trobe University senior lecturer in journalism, Merryn Sherwood and AFL journalist, Rohan Connelly.
Session 4: The Rise of Women’s Sport, opportunity or opportunism? In this vodcast broadcaster Lynne Haultain moderates a fascinating discussion with contributions from journalist and broadcaster, Angela Pippos, journalist and sports writer, Karen Lyon, sports writing advocate, Danielle Warby, and sports editor at The Age, Chloe Saltau.
Session 5: Student Edition, how to write your long form sports story. This vodcast is moderated by writer and publisher, Russell Jackson, with contributions from Editor-at-Large at The Ringer, Bryan Curtis and La Trobe University senior lecturer in journalism, Merryn Sherwood.
Session 6: Lance and Me, David Walsh and the pursuit of Lance Armstrong. In this vodcast journalist and author, David Walsh sits with Francis Leach and reflects on his journey pursuing cyclist and drug cheat Lance Armstrong and turning that journey into the bestselling book “seven Deadly Sins – my pursuit of Lance Armstrong”.
Session 7: Tim Cahill reflects on his career and publishing his first book. In this vodcast legendary Australian footballer, Tim Cahill sits with Francis Leach to reflect on his life and footballing journey including publishing his first book, Legacy