Get up close and personal with Festival authors as you dissect their book club picks with just twenty guests.
Human rights lawyer Julian Burnside interrogates his favourite book, Kurt Vonnegut’s bestselling and darkly comic anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.
Prepare for ‘vistas of gruesome violence’ as you dig deep into Cormac McCarthy's 1985 classic ‘anti-western’ Blood Meridian with Judith Lucy.
Irreverent comedian Nazeem Hussain shares his thoughts on one of his favourite novels, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Barbara Pym's famous work Excellent Women speaks to brilliant comedy writing and satire. Daniel Mallory Ortberg wants to crack it open.
Sit down with Australian literary luminaries in this special in-conversation series.
Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book touches on themes of love, climate change and displacement. She discusses the work with Denise Varney.
Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic has won critical praise. Justin Clemens explores its poise and integrity, then joins her to talk.
Amanda Johnson interrogates the key themes of Emily Bitto’s debut novel The Strays – art, community, idealism – and discusses with the author herself.
Sara Wills examines the Sea of Many Returns’ themes of displacement, nostalgia and exile before exploring them with author Arnold Zable.
Get into the nitty-gritty of creative practice with authors who have experienced it first-hand.
Bankstown Poetry Slam Slambassador Sara Saleh teaches how to craft and perform commanding lyrical verses and find power in your voice.
Amal Awad shares how to write fiction that positions the personal and political as catalysts for storytelling.
Journalism faces a challenging market. Former magazine editor Andreas Harsono shares his expertise in planning and structuring long-form narrative.
Award-winning writer Kristina Olsson (Boy, Lost) shares how to navigate and bridle shame and truth when writing about your past.