Meet Rachael Brown

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6pm - 9pm
Entry $25

Meet Rachael Brown

A night of true crime with podcaster Rachael Brown
Sunshine Coast Council Libraries invites avid true crime readers to enjoy an evening with award winning journalist Rachael Brown.

Rachael is the creator, investigator and host of the ABC’s first true-crime podcast, Trace. The hit podcast revived the murder cold-case of Melbourne mother Maria James, reviewing old suspects and uncovering new leads. This mesmerising account gave a voice to the forgotten and the abused as well as serious implications for two of the state’s most powerful institutions.

In the 16-month investigation for the podcast, Rachael reviewed initial suspects and uncovered devastating revelations. The findings inspired the Victorian Coroner to reopen the investigation into 38-year-old cold case of Maria James, who was stabbed to death at the back of her Melbourne shop in 1980. 

Trace won the 2017 Walkley Award for Innovation, in recognition of the way the podcast tapped into community grapevines, attracting vital tips from the public. This then rolled into subsequent episodes, allowing Trace to evolve as it went to air. The podcast also won two 2017 Quill Awards for Innovation and for Best Podcast. 

Rachael is a broadcast journalist, who began her career with the ABC, including as European correspondent.  In 2008, she won her first Walkley Award for Best Radio Current Affairs Report for her investigation into the Victorian Medical Practitioners Board whose negligence contributed to the sexual assaults of a dozen women.

She released a book based on the Trace podcast in 2018 which was nominated for the 2018 Walkley Book Award. 

Rachael’s book will be available for purchase at the venue. 

Rachael will be joined by special guest, Sunshine Coast radio personality, Caroline Hutchinson.

Enjoy live music by talented local artist Shannon Sol Carroll. Light refreshments are provided and a cash bar is available from 6pm. 

This special Sunshine Coast Libraries literary event is part of a series of Sunshine Coast Libraries author events hosted at various locations across the region.