Meet Hedley Thomas

Teacher’s Pet in-conversation event with Matthew Condon

Meet Hedley Thomas

Sunshine Coast Libraries invites you to enjoy an evening with legendary investigative journalist Hedley Thomas, in conversation with Matthew Condon at the Events Centre, Caloundra on Thursday 20 April 2023.

Hedley and Matthew will dive into investigative journalism and discuss everything from Chris Dawson’s conviction to the latest in the Queensland’s DNA lab inquiry. 

Hear behind the scenes details about Hedley’s five true crime podcasts – The Teacher’s Pet, Shandee’s Story, The Night Driver, The Teacher’s Trial and Shandee’s Legacy  which have reached a global audience with over 80 million downloads.

Hedley is The Australian’s national chief correspondent, specialising in investigative reporting with an interest in legal issues, the judiciary, corruption and politics. He has won eight Walkley awards including two Gold Walkleys; the first in 2007 for his investigations into the fiasco surrounding the Australian Federal Police investigations of Dr Mohamed Haneef, and the second in 2018 for his podcast, The Teacher's Pet, investigating the 1982 murder of Sydney mother Lynette Dawson.

Matthew Condon is a prize-winning Australian novelist and journalist. He has written ten books of fiction, including The Trout Opera and is the author of the bestselling true-crime trilogy about Queensland crime and corruption – Three Crooked Kings (2013), Jacks and Jokers (2014), All Fall Down (2015) and Little Fish are Sweet (2016). Matthew’s most recent book is The Night Dragon (2019) with podcast Ghost Gate Road.

Hedley and Matthew will be available for a meet and greet in the Glasshouse Room after the event. 

  • 6pm – doors open. The Events Centre Caloundra café and cash bar available to purchase light refreshments and beverages.
  • Enjoy live music on the main stage with popular local artist Hayden Hack, an award-winning songwriter and musician featuring live looping, unique guitar and vocal soundscapes.
  • 7pm – event starts.
LocationRegistrationDate and Time
The Events Centre Caloundra
20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra.
Buy ticketsThursday 20 April 2023,
6pm for 7pm start

Tickets are $25 per person.

Registration is essential via The Events Centre, Caloundra.

Registration essential and no refunds provided unless Libraries or venue cancels the event.

StoryCast Studios 

Have a story to tell and want to try podcasting and audio recording? StoryCast Studios is Sunshine Coast Libraries’ podcast recording space located at Kawana Library. The audio recording studio can accommodate up to four people. StoryCast Studios has everything you need to get recording, including:

• Four quality microphones and headphones

• Podcast production mixer/interface

• Audacity multi-track audio editing software on a PC

• Libraries’ free WiFi access.

The studio operates during Kawana Library opening hours. Studio sessions can be booked in 2-hour blocks. Find out more at StoryCast Studio.


Matthew Condon

Matthew Condon

Hayden Hack

Hayden Hack

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