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Talking Ideas: Chloe Hooper state library of queensland

Join Chloe Hooper (Tall Man, The Arsonist) in conversation with ABC Radio National’s Paul Barclay when she reveals the compelling journey she took inside the mind of the man responsible for the deadly Black Saturday firestorm.

The evening is the first of State Library of Queensland's Talking Ideas program, a series of extraordinary discussions featuring exceptional international and national writers and thinkers.

On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, Brendan Sokaluk lit two fires in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. The day after Sokaluk’s arrest, Chloe Hooper drove to the fire ravaged Valley to ask who becomes an arsonist and why?

Audiences can hear about the compelling journey she took inside the mind of Brendan Sokaluk, of the firestorm he set, and the investigation and court case that followed, all of which are also covered in her new Book The Arsonist.

Hooper also tells a story of fire in this country, and to the heart of small town Australia, the psychology of fire-setting and a new age of environmental terror. As more Australians choose to live amidst bushland on the urban fringe, this is a thriller we are living right now.

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