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Highlight Events

Featuring big names, epic stories and grand ambitions – here are just some of the highlights from MWF 2022.

City Program

Brian Cox: Life of Brian

Sat 10 Sep, 4pm
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Scottish actor Brian Cox discusses his early life, acclaimed memoir, and celebrated career on stage and screen – including as Succession's formidable media mogul Logan Roy – with Editor of The Monthly Michael Williams.

City Program

Opening Night: Ambition

Thu 8 Sep, 6.30pm
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Celebrated writers Jennifer Down, Mohsin Hamid and Aileen Moreton-Robinson deliver what promises to be unforgettable Opening Night Addresses on this year's Festival theme: ambition.

City Program

Sarah Winman: Still Life

Sun 11 Sep, 4pm
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Bestselling British author Sarah Winman speaks about her latest novel, Still Life, a joyful ode to love, passion and art set against the upheavals of history, in conversation with Ailsa Piper.

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Mohsin Hamid: The Last White Man

Fri 9 Sep, 6.30pm
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Booker Prize–shortlisted author Mohsin Hamid appears live in person to discuss his latest novel, The Last White Man, an extraordinary exploration of race, prejudice and nationalism, in conversation with Osman Faruqi.

First Nations Curators

First Nations Curators, award-winning and renowned writers Jazz Money and Chelsea Watego, enliven the Festival with events that speak to the complexities, joys and challenges of being a First Nations creative in so-called Australia.

First Nations Curators

Memory Work

Fri 9 Sep, 3pm
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First Nations writers Evelyn Araluen and Mykaela Saunders talk about working through the tensions and responsibilities of being both a custodian and creator of meaning and memory, with Jeanine Leane.

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Ambitiously Un-Australian

Sat 10 Sep, 10.30am
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Karlie Noon and Mykaela Saunders explore the works of First Nations creatives who have critiqued the construction of so-called Australia and the cost of doing so, in conversation with First Nations Curator Chelsea Watego.

First Nations Curators

The MWF Big Debate: Nihilism Makes Life Worth Living

Sat 10 Sep, 6.30pm
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Curated by First Nations Curator Chelsea Watego, two teams comprising our sharpest minds and wittiest word-wielders go head-to-head to argue the case for and against hope, under the keen eye of Ronnie Gorrie.

First Nations Curators

This Song We Sing: New Voices in First Nations Poetry

Sun 11 Sep, 1.30pm
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A showcase of emerging First Nations writers, poets and lyricists deliver readings of their powerful poems. Featuring Susie Anderson, Dakota Feirer, Declan Fry, Maya Hodge, Brooke Scobie and Alice Skye, with Mykaela Saunders.

That's a Fact

For the curious, the truth-seekers, the fact-finders and knowledge-hunters, here are the experts of the Festival. From award-winning journalists to renowned biographers, brilliant scientists and human rights advocates, be challenged and changed by a world of ideas.

City Program

Anita Hill: Believing

Sat 10 Sep, 10am
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Law professor Anita Hill speaks about Believing, the story of her decades-long reckoning with harassment and gender violence, with on-stage interviewer Sarah Krasnostein.

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How is Russia's invasion of Ukraine reshaping the world? A panel of experts – Anthony Galloway, Carrie McDougall, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, Suzie Sheehy and Andrew Walter – speak to Lydia Khalil.

City Program

Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas

Fri 9 Sep, 12pm
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Renowned broadcasters Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas join Jess McGuire to discuss passing the baton as hosts of the agenda-setting RN Breakfast program and the special bond between broadcasters and listeners.

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Appearing live via video, Yassmin Abdel-Magied talks about her searing new essay collection, Talking About a Revolution, which investigates the complications of race, language and political upheaval, with Roj Amedi.