Tickets on sale now

Festival Program

City Program

The Parent Traps

Sat 10 Sep, 12pm

The pandemic threw into stark relief the pressures of parenthood today; from the balancing act of managing a career and parenting, to the costs of childcare, to how enduring inequalities in gender and class play out in the lives of families. Hear from Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta writer Nayuka Gorrie, writer and academic Natalie Kon-yu (The Cost of Labour) and journalist Gina Rushton (The Most Important Job in the World) as they discuss with The Guardian’s Opinion Editor Bridie Jabour their own personal narratives of parenting and the competing forces that draw us towards and away from parenthood today.


1 hour


More events like this one


Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Margo Jefferson talks about Constructing a Nervous System, her genre-bending memoir that examines American class, culture and memory, in discussion with Santilla Chingaipe.


Prize-winning writers and co-hosts of Triple R's Superfluity, Clem Bastow and Christos Tsiolkas discuss literary friendships, pop culture in writing and how generational differences inform their work, with Cath Moore.

Suburban Program

Sarah Malik: Desi Girl

Sat 10 Sep, 2.30pm

In her debut essay collection Desi Girl, Walkey Award–winning journalist Sarah Malik traces the complexities of living between different worlds in the shadow of September 11. With Alice Pung.


New Yorker writer Joshua Yaffa discusses his groundbreaking portrait of modern Russia, Between Two Fires, and how its war on Ukraine has scrambled the rules of compromise in the country, with Anthony Galloway.