Sin, Devotion and Desire Sat 10 Sep, 1.30pm
While wholly singular in their setting and style, the latest novels by renowned Australian writers Hannah Kent and Omar Sakr are bound by a common exploration of love, sexuality, spirituality and family. Following the bestselling Burial Rites and The Good People, Kent’s Devotion charts the burgeoning love between two girls fleeing religious persecution in Prussia for 1830s South Australia. The debut novel by Prime Minister’s Literary Award-winning poet, Sakr’s Son of Sin follows a young queer Muslim boy in Western Sydney negotiating his place within his family, faith and community. The duo are joined in conversation with Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country).
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