In-Conversation with Andrew Quilty

Wednesday 23 November 2022
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Gosford Regional Gallery

Entry $30 + booking fee

6pm – 7pm

In Conversation with Andrew Quilty
Moderator: Chris Masters

Entry $30 + booking fee

Told through the eyes of witnesses to the fall of the capital of Afghanistan, Andrew Quilty’s debut publication August in Kabul offers a remarkable record of this historic moment. As one of only a handful of Western journalists who stayed in Kabul as the city fell, this first-hand account has been dubbed, “Raw, immediate, compassionately written and deeply sourced…”

Quilty will be in conversation with foremost investigative reporter Chris Masters, who was the first Australian journalist to be embedded with special forces in Afghanistan, and whose book No Front Line: Australian special forces at war in Afghanistan is a similarly crucial account of Australia’s involvement in this long war.

The books will be on sale at the event, and you can get your copies signed by both Andrew Quilty and Chris Masters after the conversation.

Wednesday November 23
Doors 5:30pm
Conversation 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Book Signings from 7:00pm
Gosford Regional Gallery
36 Webb St, East Gosford
Entry $30 + booking fee
(Includes a welcome drink per person, wine or soft drink)


Andrew Quilty

Andrew Quilty is the recipient of nine Walkley Awards, including the Gold Walkley, for his work on Afghanistan, where he has been based since 2013. He has also received the George Polk Award, the World Press Photo Award and the Overseas Press Club of America award for his investigation into massacres committed by a CIA-backed Afghan militia. August in Kabul is his first book.

Chris Masters

Chris Masters retains the record of the longest serving reporter on Australia’s longest running current affairs program, Four Corners. Over 25 years he made a series of nation shaping reports, among then The Moonlight State, which helped trigger Queensland’s Fitzgerald Inquiry. He has received multiple awards including the premier Gold Walkley for his international expose of the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. Chris is the author of five bestselling books, the most recent, No Front Line, Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan. In 2017 Chris Masters was inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame.

About the Book

August in Kabul
America’s last days in Afghanistan

By Andrew Quilty
Told through the eyes of witnesses to the fall of Kabul, Walkley award-winning journalist Andrew Quilty’s debut publication offers a remarkable record of this historic moment

As night fell on 15 August 2021, the Taliban entered Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. After a 20-year conflict with the United States, its Western allies and a proxy Afghan government, the Islamic militant group once aligned with al Qaeda was about to bury yet another foreign foe in the graveyard of empires. And for the US, the superpower, this was yet another foreign disaster. As cities and towns fell to the Taliban in rapid succession, Western troops and embassy staff scrambled to flee a country of which its government had lost control. To the world, Kabul in August looked like Saigon in 1975.

August in Kabul is the story of how America’s longest mission came to an abrupt and humiliating end, told through the eyes of Afghans whose lives have been turned upside down: a young woman who harbours dreams of a university education; a presidential staffer who works desperately to hold things together as the government collapses around him; a prisoner in the notorious Bagram Prison who suddenly finds himself free when prison guards abandon their post.

Andrew Quilty was one of a handful of Western journalists who stayed in Kabul as the city fell. This is his firsthand account of those dramatic final days.

With thanks to venue partner, Gosford Regional Gallery. Located on the shores of Caroline Bay in East Gosford, the Gosford Regional Gallery is one of the Central Coast’s leading tourist attractions. It provides an important cultural and educational resource for the community as well as a one of the region’s great family attractions.

The Book Shop

With thanks to festival bookshop partner, The Book Shop Umina. The Bookshop Umina is a small, independent bookstore with dedicated staff who enjoy helping you find just the right book. It is located at 327 West St, Umina Beach.

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