The Walkley Non-Fiction Book Award recognises the growing contribution journalists are making to the field of literature.
One of the popular themes for 2007 entries was foreign correspondence; join Leigh Sales, author of Detainee 002 and Kirsty Needham, author of Season in Red, as they discuss their work with Carmen Lawrence- Sydney Writers' Festival
Professor Carmen Lawrence is a former Premier of Western Australia. She then served as a Federal Labor politician and became Minister for Health and Human Services in the Keating Government.
She is currently Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Australia.
Kirsty Needham is an author and journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald.
Kirsty Needham describes the tight control the Chinese "Central Propaganda Department" has over news content and how their control "seemed to fall apart" in light of the compelling reporting of the recent earthquake.