Masters of their craft

Meet the literati leading this year's line-up.

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Sloane Crosley: Look Alive Out There

Sat 7 Sep, 2.30pm
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New York Times bestselling essayist Sloane Crosley discusses her new essay collection Look Alive Out There, covering warring with her neighbour's teenagers to climbing in Ecuador.

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Patrick deWitt: On Self-Immolation

Sat 7 Sep, 4pm
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Patrick deWitt discusses his latest book French Exit and where he draws on the magic that permeates his wildly diverse work.

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Booker-winning novelist Richard Flanagan reflects on his vast oeuvre, musing on the pieces that sang – and the ones that didn’t.

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For the Love of Crime

Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm
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A life of crime (writing) is not easy. Genre giants Val McDermid, Mark Brandi and Christian White share the trials and tribulations.

Matters of the heart

Explore the powerful passions that power art.

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Yumi Stynes’ Wedding Reception

Sat 7 Sep, 6pm
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Join us for tributes and toasts as we celebrate the mock ‘wedding reception’ of the very excellent human Yumi Stynes.

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Dear Prudence: Live

Sun 8 Sep, 11.30am
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Host of the hugely popular American podcast Dear Prudence, Daniel Mallory Ortberg sifts through the complex quandaries of our hearts with Virginia Trioli.

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Marry Your Friends

Sat 31 Aug, 11.30am
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Best friends are with you through sickness and health. Make it official with your BFF in a commitment ceremony by Emilie Zoey Baker.

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Love Letter to Myself

Sat 31 Aug, 5.30pm
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Would you write a love letter to yourself? Mama Alto, Vicki Laveau-Harvie, Luke McGregor, and Ellen van Neerven read theirs.

Unpacking the issues

Shining a spotlight on issues that matter.

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The Fifth Estate: Antisemitism

Mon 2 Sep, 6pm
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Academic Dvir Abramovich and historian Deborah Lipstadt speak to Sally Warhaft about the global rise of antisemitism.

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Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson reflects on his new book about the changing nature of the world and his own journey to activism.

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Helen Clark: Women, Equality, Power

Sun 8 Sep, 4pm
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The selected speeches of inspirational Helen Clark provide a call to action for other women in positions of power. She talks to Kate Torney.

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Bodies for Sale

Sat 31 Aug, 11.30am
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Authors Emiliano Monge and Joanne Ramos discuss the politics of the body and their recent books about trafficking and the ‘fertility economy’.