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Australia's largest free literary Festival, held in March in Adelaide, South Australia.
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AWW22 Grift, Lies and Influence - Fiona McLeod and Michael West

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AWW22 Loop Tracks - Sue Orr
Chaired by Victoria Purman CW: Discussion of abortion. A bestseller in Sue Orr’s New Zealand, Loop Tracks is complex, nuanced and compassionate. Written in real time against the progress of COVID, it opens in Auckland in 1978 as Charlie waits to board a flight to Australia to have an abortion, the sole NZ clinic recently closed. When the plane is delayed on the tarmac, she makes an impulsive choice, the consequences of which are profound. We learn of Charlie then, and in contemporary COVID NZ, where she lives with her grandson and the spectre of her troubled stranger of a son.
01:00:35
March 10, 2022
AWW22 Symbiotic Siblings - Hannah Bent and Campbell Mattinson
Chaired by Nicole Abadee The twins at the heart of Campbell Mattinson’s deeply moving We Were Not Men suffer great tragedy and risk losing themselves and their vital relationship in the aftermath. Hannah Bent’s wondrous When Things Are Alive They Hum is a celebration of life and the profound connection between sisters, in this case the ambitious professional Marlowe and the captivating Harper, who has Down Syndrome, and is one of the most magical characters of the year.
59:47
March 10, 2022
AWW22 Dark Actions, Dark Consequences - Jaivet Ealom and Abbas Nazari
Chaired by Natasha Yacoub 2021 marked twenty years since Australia sent the Special Air Service to board MV Tampa to repel desperate refugees and a horrified Norwegian sea captain. Abbas Nazari (After the Tampa) was aboard, ended up in New Zealand and is now a Fulbright scholar. Jaivet Ealom (Escape from Manus) fled the brutal dictatorship in Myanmar only to languish in Australia’s notorious Manus Regional Processing Centre for years. He became the only person to escape. They talk about the real consequences of Australia’s dark actions.
01:03:20
March 10, 2022
AWW22 The Education of Young Donald - Kerryn Goldsworthy, Julia Horne and Nick Horne
Chaired by Peter Rose The Education of Young Donald trilogy is Donald Horne’s autobiographies — The Education of Young Donald (1967), Confessions of a New Boy (1985) and Portrait of an Optimist (1988). They’re the story of an Australian prophet; his years away from home, the gallery of characters he meets on the journey, the “successes that were failures and failures that were successes”, and his unexpected emergence as a voice of the nation. Seventeen years after his passing, analysis of his legacy feels timely in a country still dumbly surfing on its luck.
59:26
March 10, 2022
AWW22 The Silence Between Us - Cécile Barral, Oceane Campbell and Patrick McGorry
Chaired by Peter Goldsworthy WARNING: CONTAINS REFERENCES TO SUICIDE. The Silence Between Us: A Mother and Daughter's Conversation Through Suicide and Into Life is raw, courageous and devastatingly honest. A double memoir of mother and daughter Cécile and Oceane, it looks back nearly twenty years on Oceane’s suicide attempt at the age of eighteen. Compiled from contemporaneous diaries, letters, hospital records and psychiatric reports, the immediacy of the writing highlights the pain and confusion of the time and makes for confronting, necessary reading. Former Australian of the Year Pat McGorry joins Cécile and Oceane as they bravely break open the silence around suicide
01:03:15
March 10, 2022
AWW22 The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent - Gideon Haigh
Chaired by Anthony Durkin 1937. Seven-year-old Maxie falls into a rain-filled trench and drowns. From this tragedy emerges one of the High Court’s most engrossing cases and a landmark decision on the impact and import of inner suffering. The judge was ‘Doc’ Evatt – quick-witted, humane, brusque but flawed, a man who could brilliantly seize the moment but, like the dead brilliant Maxie, arguably fell short of his potential. A story of politics, pride, love, and an Australia growing into its skin, The Brilliant Boy is a dexterously handled slice of history by one of our finest – Gideon Haigh.
01:04:59
March 10, 2022
AWW22 Sold Down the River - Scott Hamilton and Stuart Kells
Chaired by Michael West “Water policy is hard,” says Malcolm Turnbull, subject as it is to so many fiercely competing interests. Scott Hamilton and Stuart Kells interviewed many of these interests for their book, Sold Down the River: How Robber Barons and Wall Street Traders Cornered Australia’s Water Market. Opening the trade in water was supposed to make its allocation more efficient, but as the authors show, it has created a whole host of perverse outcomes. They demonstrate how we have failed to protect our most precious resource.
01:00:31
March 10, 2022
AWW22 Devotion - Hannah Kent
Chaired by Anton Enus After the runaway success of her first two novels, Adelaide’s own Hannah Kent returns with Devotion, a story of the 19th Century Lutherans who migrated from Prussia to South Australia via a dangerous sea voyage. There are many types of love empathetically drawn – mothers and daughters, sibling and friends – but at the heart of the novel is the love story between narrator Hanne and her friend Thea. Hanne can hear nature’s music, and in this lush lyrical book, it becomes the poignant score to her great, majestic love.
59:12
March 10, 2022
AWW22 History, Storytelling and the Collective Imagination - Tom Griffiths and Bruce Pascoe
Co-presented with Melbourne Writers' Festival With its descriptions of the sophisticated economic and socio-political livelihoods of many First Nations’ communities, Bruce Pascoe’s 2014 multi-award-winning Dark Emu called for a reconsideration of pre-colonial Aboriginal Australia. Confronting criticism from some who reject its portrayal of Aboriginal agriculturalists, and following the COVID-cancellation of their anticipated Melbourne Writers’ Festival session, Bruce and eminent historian Tom Griffiths (The Art of Time Travel) come together to consider the productive conversation emerging around Australia’s understanding of Aboriginal histories, and discuss the best way to deepen our shared knowledge of our nation’s vital first stories.
01:00:31
March 10, 2022
AWW22 Into Her Own Hands - Jane Caro and Debra Oswald
Chaired by Collette Snowden The strong female protagonists in Jane Caro’s The Mother and Debra Oswald’s The Family Doctor take matters into their own hands. Debra’s Paula is a dedicated suburban GP, devastated by the murder of a friend and her children by their estranged husband and father. Jane’s Miriam is a successful businesswoman whose life is upended when her daughter’s marriage turns sour. These provocative, urgent novels brim with fury, grief and deep love as they explore what happens when you are tested to the limit, and ask when is it justified to fight fire with fire?
01:00:32
March 10, 2022
AWW22 The Magician - Colm Tóibín
Chaired by Caroline Baum From The Heather Blazing to The Master, Colm Tóibín is acclaimed for his skill at entering the mind of the writer. In The Magician, he turns his perspicacious eye to Thomas Mann. Outwardly genteel, inwardly tormented, cautious yet impatient, suspicious of the powerful but welcomed in their homes, Colm's Mann is a writer who withdraws from a world losing its sanity but finds himself dragged back into the mess of the times. Desire, exile, family – the themes are ambitious, but in Colm's deft hands, a superbly crafted epic has emerged.
59:01
March 10, 2022
AWW22 Grift, Lies and Influence - Fiona McLeod and Michael West
Chaired by Royce Kurmelovs As we lurch from one scandal of misspent public money to the next, transparency and accountability in public life have never seemed rarer. Fiona McLeod is Chair of the Accountability Round Table. Her book, Easy Lies and Influence, documents how community interests have been undermined. Through his fiercely independent news site, Michael West is known for following the money, highlighting those corporations exercising insidious power over our democracy. They ask: where have we gone wrong and what should we do now?
01:02:24
March 10, 2022
AWW22 Mortals: How the Fear of Death Shaped Human Society - Rachel Menzies and Ross Menzies
Chaired by Rick Sarre This affirming book is less about death than how to counteract the fear of it and live a better life. Psychologists Rachel and Ross Menzies examine the many ways humans grapple with the dread of our demise, from the good, such as enduring art, to the bad, such as rampant consumerism and overpopulation. Insightful, illuminating and generous, Mortals: How the Fear of Death Shaped Society gives us the tools to overcome the fear of our own mortality – death anxiety – to enjoy our life while we have it.
01:01:18
March 10, 2022
AWW22 Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America - Alec MacGillis
Chaired by Royce Kurmelovs There is a price to be paid for convenience. The one-click wonder of Amazon comes at a cost. In Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America, Alec MacGillis sets out to explore what that cost is for the “America that fell in the company’s lengthening shadow”, namely the places where Amazon’s influence proved pernicious. Alec tells a chilling but utterly gripping dystopian tale of the pervasive destructive impact of Amazon on American life and many of its cities.
57:40
March 10, 2022
AWW22 The Death of Dr Duncan - Tim Reeves
Chaired by David Marr. CW: Discussion of homophobia, assault. It’s fifty years since the infamous drowning of law academic Dr Duncan in the River Torrens, a crime and outrage that provoked horror in the community and pioneering gay law reform. As the Adelaide Festival premieres a new oratorio about the still unsolved case, Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan, award-winning author and acknowledged authority on the subject Tim Reeves publishes the definitive account of the devastating case that rocked the state and changed the nation.
59:23
March 09, 2022
AWW22 Fury - Kathryn Heyman
Chaired by Yves Rees CW: Discussion of rape, assault. When Kathryn Heyman was 20, she was raped by a taxi driver on her way home from a party. He was found not guilty on account of Kathryn’s alcohol consumption and choice of underwear. “So if he is not guilty? What then? What am I? Did I have to be an innocent to be innocent?” asks Kathryn. This scorching memoir blazes with an eloquent rage, but also hope and transcendence, as Kathryn rewrites the ending to become the heroine in her own grand adventure on a fishing trawler in the Timor Sea.
57:48
March 09, 2022
AWW22 Cloud Cuckoo Land - Anthony Doerr
Chaired by Michael Williams Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Doerr’s best-selling All the Light We Cannot See was particularly popular in Australia. His new book, Cloud Cuckoo Land, described by The Guardian as a “lungful of fresh air”, crystallises around an imagined novel written by historical author Diogenes for his recuperating niece. A fabulous adventure story, the book becomes the common thread throughout Anthony’s magical novel, with all its subsequent characters connected to this book within a book, whether as champion, custodian or threat. A joyous epic story of survival and love.
01:04:42
March 09, 2022
AWW22 Policy Drift - John Daley and Martin Parkinson
Chaired by Paul Barclay After consistent reform at a Federal level across the Hawke, Keating, Howard and Gillard Governments, policy ambition seems to have stalled. In his book A Decade of Drift, Martin Parkinson recounts serving six prime ministers as an integral part of key policy development at the highest levels. As CEO of the Grattan Institute for eleven years, John Daley has published widely across key policy areas, his writings underpinned by themes of prioritising government initiatives and the limits to government effectiveness. They argue Australia should demand more courage and commitment from their political leaders.
01:01:30
March 09, 2022
AWW22 Full Circle: A Search for the World that Comes Next - Scott Ludlam
Chaired by Sally Warhaft Wildly ambitious in scope and ideas, Scott Ludlam’s Full Circle seeks nothing less than a new form of ecological politics. At once an analysis of the art and science of social movements and an urgent call to arms, Full Circle takes us deep into history with a poetic reimagining of the birth of the world. Spanning the contemporary globe, Scott connects with activists from fifteen nations, building solidarity and a shared understanding of how to confront the challenges that unite us.
01:00:50
March 09, 2022
AWW22 Searching for Redemption - Miles Allinson and Liam Pieper
Chaired by Karen Wyld The road to spiritual redemption in the ashrams of India is much trod by Westerners. It rarely ends well. Miles Allinson’s much anticipated follow-up to his award-winning Fever of Animals, In Moonland, spans three generations as a son tries to uncover the truth behind his father’s apparent suicide. His investigations lead him to the ashram of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. In Liam Pieper’s Sweetness and Light, an American woman seeks enlightenment at a cultish ashram but is brought undone when she meets a shyster Australian.
58:59
March 09, 2022
AWW22 Taking Down the Decorations - Pasi Sahlberg and Gabrielle Stroud
Chaired by Paul Barclay Join Big Ideas’ Paul Barclay for a fascinating conversation from two sides of the educational fence with the same sense of schooling: a system that resembles an over-decorated Christmas tree. Professor Pasi Sahlberg, a leading Finnish researcher based at UNSW’s Gonski Institute, meets Gabbie Stroud, prominent recovering teacher, to discuss the way back to success for Australia’s students, schools and teachers, and the complex mess that currently stands in the way.
59:46
March 09, 2022
AWW22 A Passage North - Anuk Arudpragasam
Chaired by Smriti Daniel Anuk Arudpragasam’s first book, The Story of a Marriage, earned him comparisons to W. G. Sebald and Primo Levi. His second, A Passage North, earned him a Booker short-listing. In it, Anuk explores the emotional scars from an individual’s lost love and a nation’s devastating civil war. Beginning with Krishan learning of the death of his ailing grandmother’s former caretaker, and ending, two days later, with him watching her body burn on her funeral pyre, his journey in between is a profound meditation on suffering and on the divided nation of Sri Lanka itself.
59:41
March 09, 2022
AWW22 The Reckoning - Jess Hill and Grace Tame
Chaired by Jo Dyer CW: Discussion of child sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault. 2021 was a year of reckoning. When Grace Tame accepted the Australian of the Year Award in January 2021, she exhorted survivors of sexual violence, long silenced by shame and law, to use their voices and “make some noise”. They’ve been doing just that ever since. Grace and Jess Hill, author of Quarterly Essay 84: The Reckoning: How #MeToo is Changing Australia, discuss the dramatic events of the last fifteen months, their impact on contemporary politics, and how the fight for women’s justice has reshaped the nation.
52:56
March 09, 2022
AWW22 Love Stories - Trent Dalton
Chaired by Nicole Abadee The genesis of Trent Dalton’s Love Stories was a blue Olivetti typewriter and a street corner in the Brisbane CBD. After inheriting the typewriter from the mother of a friend, Trent took to the streets and solicited real stories from passers-by: “Sentimental writer collecting love stories. Do you have one to share?” The result is a warm, poignant, funny and deeply humane book that weaves the many stories that were shared about love in all its guises with generous memories of Trent’s own special moments.
01:01:20
March 09, 2022
AWW22 Keeping It Tense - J.P. Pomare and Christian White
Chaired by David Sly When his debut crime novel, The Nowhere Child, became a runaway blockbuster, Christian White’s life was transformed. More success followed with another bestseller, a feature film and a Netflix TV series. His latest book is Wild Place, set in the Australian bayside suburbia of 1989 when a teenager goes missing. J.P. Pomare is following in Christian’s footsteps, with his literary thrillers winning awards and legions of fans, and being optioned for screen adaptation. His most recent novel is The Last Guests, a page-turning tale of suspense exploring ideas of surveillance and voyeurism.
59:47
March 09, 2022
AWW22 From Russia to the Soviet Union and Back Again - Sheila Fitzpatrick
Chaired by Anton Enus Australia’s foremost researcher on modern Russia, Sheila Fitzpatrick, joins us at the pivotal moment in Russian history to discuss the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and Russia’s post-Soviet agenda under Vladimir Putin. Sheila’s recent book, The Shortest History of the Soviet Union, is a lively, authoritative distillation of seventy-five years of communist rule and the collapse of an empire, and an examination of Russia’s ongoing influence on global politics under its current president.
01:01:59
March 09, 2022
AWW22 Signs and Wonders: Dispatches from a Time of Beauty and Loss - Delia Falconer
Chaired by Kerryn Goldsworthy “Is it true the world’s going to die soon?” the young daughter of Walkley Award-winning writer Delia Falconer asks her. Delia struggles for an answer. This exquisite series of essays from one of our finest writers contemplates the way climate change is impacting not just our natural environment but our culture. They movingly capture a natural world infused with a deep sense of loss, and intimations of doom, along with Delia’s profound sadness at the damage we have wrought on our wounded world.
57:53
March 09, 2022
AWW22 The Legend of Charmian Clift - Tanya Dalziell, Paul Genoni and Polly Samson
Chaired by Sophie Cunningham To celebrate the new edition of her classic texts, Mermaid Singing and Peel Me a Lotus, Polly Samson (A Theatre for Dreamers) and Tanya Dalziell and Paul Genoni (Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955-1964) discuss the life and literary legacy of Charmian Clift. Glorious accounts of the bohemian life Charmian, husband George Johnston and their family led in Greece, these two books encapsulate the vivid, passionate and outrageously talented woman who was years ahead of her time.
57:35
March 09, 2022
AWW22 AICSA Election Series: In-conversation with Shadow Minister for the Arts, Katrine Hildyard MP
Hosted by Jessica Alice & Vincent Ciccarello. Join the Arts Industry Council of South Australia (AICSA) and the Shadow Minister for Arts, Katrine Hildyard MP, for an inside look into SA Labor's approach to supporting a flourishing arts and culture ecology in South Australia ahead of the state election. Hosted by the AICSA Chair and Director of Writers SA, Jessica Alice, and the AICSA Treasurer and Director of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Vincent Ciccarello, this is a companion event to the AICSA Election Series in-conversation with Premier Steven Marshall MP on Mon 7 Mar. AICSA encourages parties and political candidates to put forward policies and commitments that support the long-term sustainability of arts practice and that improve the training, working, and living conditions of artists, as the arts and cultural sector look to recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic. Experiencing art and culture in South Australia’s famous festival season, as well as throughout the year and in our everyday lives, is a central part of living in South Australia. For art and culture to thrive, the ecology of artists and makers, producers and presenters, independent practice through to our large public institutions and festivals, need to be resourced and celebrated.
01:16:57
March 09, 2022
AWW22 In Case You Missed Them - Bernadette Brennan and Joyce Morgan
Chaired by Caroline Baum. Bernadette Brennan and Joyce Morgan wrote their excellent biographies in the hope their readers would become readers of their subjects. Bernadette’s Leaping Through Waterfalls: The Enigmatic Gillian Mears documents Mears’s rich, blazing life, revealing a writer of astonishing gifts and great fearlessness. Joyce’s The Countess from Kirribilli is the remarkable story of Elizabeth von Arnim, born Mary Beauchamp in Kirribilli, a prolific writer who became the toast of London, a literary sensation compared to Jane Austen. Both deserve celebration.
01:02:46
March 08, 2022
AWW22 Motherhood Express - Alice Pung and Allee Richards
Chaired by Jo Case. Alice Pung and Allee Richards’ protagonists each find themselves unexpectedly confronting motherhood. In Alice’s One Hundred Days, Karuna is just 16 when she falls pregnant and hostage to her Filipina Chinese mother’s controlling behaviour and general meanness, even as Grand Mar’s resilience saves them. Allee’s Eva sees her hopes for a new relationship with Pat dashed when he dies by suicide, never knowing she was carrying his child. The pregnancy becomes a catalyst for Eva to transform her life. Both books are characterised by depth and hope. Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
59:14
March 08, 2022
AWW22 Nice Racism - Robin DiAngelo
Chaired by Paul Barclay. The title of Robin DiAngelo’s last international bestseller entered the lexicon: White Fragility, describing the defensive response from White people when called out for things they have said or done that have caused unintended racial hurt or offence. In Nice Racism, Robin draws on her background as a sociologist and an educator to explain how well-intentioned White progressives can cause racial harm, whether by romanticising People of Colour or expecting them to educate. An important if uncomfortable discussion on how to be a true ally.
01:03:42
March 08, 2022
AWW22 The Other Half of You - Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Chaired by Geordie Williamson. Michael Mohammed Ahmad is an important voice in contemporary Australian literature and one of the few that heralds from Western Sydney. His first novel, The Lebs, was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award and kicked off the autobiographical House of Adam trilogy. These books speak on growing up Lebanese Muslim in one of Australia’s most ethnically and culturally diverse regions and in an increasingly hostile post-9/11 landscape. The trilogy concludes with his most recent novel, The Other Half of You, a moving love letter written to the narrator’s young son.
01:00:48
March 08, 2022
AWW22 This is Your Mind on Plants - Michael Pollan
Chaired by Ben Brooker. Following his New York Times bestselling How to Change Your Mind on the therapeutic value of psychedelics, Michael Pollan’s new book is This is Your Mind on Plants, a radical challenge to how we think about plants. Exploring the powerful attraction we have to psychoactive plants, Michael asks why they are subject to such paranoid and arbitrary regulation, and in wildly differing ways. Examining opium, mescaline and caffeine, he posits “societies condone the mindchanging plants that help uphold society’s rule and ban the ones that are seen to undermine it.”
01:02:19
March 08, 2022
AWW22 The Other Black Girl - Zakiya Dalila Harris
Chaired by Linda Jaivin. Zakiya Dalila Harris’s The Other Black Girl was one of the buzziest books of 2021. When new employee Hazel-May joins Wagner Books, editorial assistant Nella is thrilled she’ll have a Black ally. But she soon finds herself eclipsed by the charismatic newcomer, and when she starts receiving anonymous notes entreating her to leave Wagner, things take a sinister turn. Part office satire, part thriller with a twist, this audacious debut is hilarious, unsettling and a compulsive read.
01:01:52
March 08, 2022
AWW22 Once and Future - Evelyn Araluen and Jazz Money
Chaired by Natalie Harkin. Two of Australia’s most exciting young poets come together on one dynamic panel. Evelyn Araluen’s Dropbear is a razor-sharp gothic reclamation that peels back the layers of colonialism and what we call Australia. It is both a radical act of literary agency and a celebration of and tribute to Country. Jazz Money’s how to make a basket is a fierce lyrical protest against settler violence and an ode to Queer and First Nations love. Their poetry sings, crackles and inspires.
58:22
March 08, 2022
AWW22 Revolution and Reform: Gender, Climate and Race - Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Scott Ludlum and Joelle Taylor
Twilight Talk | Authorial Voice Hosted by Michael Williams. Join us for our second Twilight Talk as we take on the big question of change and how to achieve it. Each of our panellists works tirelessly and effectively as an agent of change and a powerful advocate for their ideas and communities. Scott Ludlam is an activist, writer and former Deputy Leader of the Greens. Michael Mohammed Ahmad is a celebrated author and founder of the Sweatshop Literacy Movement that promotes writers and literature in and from Western Sydney. Joelle Taylor is a poet, social activist and fierce advocate for vulnerable and marginalised communities.
53:40
March 08, 2022
AWW22 The Right to Sex - Amia Srinivasan
Chaired by Clare Wright Described by The New York Times as “quietly dazzling”, Amia Srinivasan’s The Right to Sex is a landmark examination of the politics and ethics of sex. “A truly inclusionary politics,” Amia writes, “is an uncomfortable, unsafe politics.” Moving beyond questions of consent, and the notion of wanted or unwanted sex, this formidable collection re-centres the second-wave feminist idea of the personal as political in thrilling new ways, asking us to interrogate what it is that shapes our expectations and desires.
01:00:53
March 08, 2022
AWW22 A Bloody Good Rant - Thomas Keneally
Chaired by Angela Savage For over fifty years, Tom Keneally has been writing about everything that makes us tick – and the contentious, disputed land that is ‘Australia’. In his new collection of thought-pieces, he moves seamlessly between deep questions of our past and moments of private revelation. A Bloody Good Rant is exactly what it says it is – a bit of ratbaggery, some judicious hindsight, and a generous serve of wisdom. The author of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Schindler’s Ark and Corporal Hitler’s Pistol gets a few things off his chest.
57:54
March 08, 2022
AWW22 The Ruthless Muse
Poetry in Performance with Elyas Alavi, Ken Bolton, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jelena, Dinic, Juan Garrido-Salgado, Dominic Guerrera, Jill Jones, Camille Roulière and Ruhi Yaganagi.  Alice Walker has described poetry as "a ruthless muse". Join some of the finest and most devoted local poets for an enthralling afternoon performance of verse, featuring Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jelena Dinic, Jill Jones, Juan Garrido-Salgado, Elyas Alavi, the prolific Ken Bolton, Camille Roulière, Ruhi Yaganagi, and Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna poet Dominic Guerrera. Hosted by Jessica Alice, poet and Director of Writers SA. Co-presented with Writers SA.
01:14:22
March 08, 2022
AWW22 Wild Abandon - Emily Bitto
Chaired by Nicole Abadee Following heartbreak, self-absorbed young Melbourne boy Will flees to New York in search of adventure and forgetting. When wild hedonism doesn’t help, and with his visa and money fast running out, Will finds himself in Littleproud, Ohio, working for Wayne Gage, Vietnam veteran, amateur shaman and collector of exotic animals. Emily Bitto’s follow up to her Stella Award-winning The Strays is a clever, complex tale, full of opulent writing and meditations on human nature and our relationship with the natural world.
59:51
March 08, 2022
AWW22 7 ½ - Christos Tsiolkas
Chaired by Michael Williams In Christos Tsiolkas’s first foray into autofiction, 7½, his protagonist Christos declares he is tired of the lofty ambitions many novelists hold for their writing on politics, sexuality, race, history, gender, morality or the future. “All of them now bore me,” he declares. Instead, he will write about beauty. His powerful memories of the past, the strange present in which he tries to write – surrounded by the magnificently evoked natural world – and the novel on which he embarks are masterfully woven together into one compelling whole.
01:02:23
March 08, 2022
AWW22 Good International Citizenship: The Case for Decency - Gareth Evans
Chaired by Kerry O’Brien As our Foreign Minister from 1988 – 1996 and President of the Brusselsbased International Crisis Group thereafter, Gareth Evans is uniquely qualified to discuss the importance of good international citizenship in our interconnected world. Outlining four key tenets to assess a country’s record – foreign aid generosity, reaction to conflicts and their consequences, response to human rights violations, and contribution to global crises – he finds Australia wanting on all of them. His essay is a call for change and decency in the way we engage with the world.
01:04:22
March 08, 2022
AWW22 Bad Energy - Ian Lowe and Jeremy Moss
Chaired by Natasha Mitchell Two brilliant books concerned with the morality intrinsic to energy policy. In Long Half-Life, Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society Ian Lowe demolishes nuclear energy, arguing it is indivisible from the industry’s role in weaponry, and that the issue of waste has never been solved. Political philosopher Jeremy Moss’s Carbon Justice posits we have a responsibility to recognise and combat the moral harm done by the mining and exporting of our fossil fuels. Far from being a minor contributor to climate change, he contends, our massive exports of fossil fuels make us one of its key drivers.
01:01:40
March 08, 2022
AWW22 The Mother Wound - Amani Haydar
Chaired by Lur Alghurabi. The first time Amani’s father hit her mother, his wife of twenty-eight years, was the day he killed her. Amani brings a lawyer’s mind and a daughter’s heart to her devastating memoir, The Mother Wound, a book full of raging anger and the deepest of sorrow. In it, she seeks to come to terms with loss and grief, recounting her painful journey through the justice system and her quest for truth, accountability and, ultimately, healing and hope. It is a poetic, moving and powerfully inspiring debut.
58:53
March 08, 2022
AWW22 My Body Keeps Your Secrets - Lucia Osborne-Crowley
Chaired by Smriti Daniel “Despite our best efforts,” writes Lucia Osborne-Crowley, “the body finds a way to express what the mind cannot.” The author of I Choose Elena returns with My Body Keeps Your Secrets in which she interviews other women and non-binary people from diverse backgrounds about the impacts of their respective traumas on their bodies, interweaving the results with rigorous research and her own story. She explores the weight of shame and the process of reclaiming a whole self in this deeply empathetic and intelligent book.
01:01:33
March 08, 2022
AWW22 The Shape of Sound - Fiona Murphy
Chaired by Jane Howard. “Deaf people feel and see sound: the entire body becomes a receptor,” writes Fiona Murphy in The Shape of Sound. She kept her deafness secret for twenty-five years. Blending memoir with observations about the healthcare industry, this beautifully crafted and powerfully written debut draws readers into a new sensory world, examining the stigma associated with disability while challenging assumptions about what it means to be deaf, and what it takes to truly communicate. A transcription of this session will be available shortly.
01:01:44
March 08, 2022
AWW22 Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience - Veronica Gorrie
Chaired by Tali Lavi. Kurnai woman Veronica Gorrie grew up with a fear of the police. So she joined the force. In the first half of her powerful memoir, Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience, Ronnie describes a childhood full of both love and trauma. Her time as a police officer is detailed in its second half. Ronnie’s accounts of being Black and Blue are told with power and humour and provide harrowing but important insight into the rampant racism in our community and our police. Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
55:23
March 08, 2022
AWW22 Beyond Boyhood - Brandon Jack and Paul Kennedy
Chaired by Tory Shepherd. ABC journalist Paul Kennedy and former Sydney Swans player Brandon Jack were forced to challenge and transcend their own expectations, and that of those around them, before they could fi nd and embrace their life’s true calling. In Funkytown, Paul focuses on a critical year of his adolescence that became a turning point. 28 is the number of games Brandon played for the Swans and details the pressure and challenge of failing to succeed. Both are evocative accounts of sport, masculinity and breaking free.
01:03:35
March 08, 2022
AWW22 Son of Sin - Omar Sakr
Chaired by Geordie Williamson. Omar Sakr is an acclaimed Arab-Australian poet and author. His most recent collection, The Lost Arabs, won the 2020 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry. His debut novel is Son of Sin (2022), a searing look at the impact of violence and repressed desires on a queer Arab Muslim man's life in Western Sydney.
55:08
March 08, 2022
AWW22 The MUD Literary Club: The 10th Anniversary
With Thomas Keneally, Hannah Kent and Christos Tsiolkas. Chaired by David Sly. Established by passionate readers to support the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and Adelaide Writers’ Week, the MUD Literary Club celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2022. As the only philanthropic organisation in the country exclusively dedicated to supporting literature, MUD is a unique and proudly Adelaide institution that has supported Australian authors since its inception. A powerhouse panel of “MUD Mates” Thomas Keneally, Hannah Kent and Christos Tsiolkas discuss the role of literature in contemporary culture and MUD in Australia and we learn the winner of the 2022 MUD Literary Prize.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 This is Australia - Claire G. Coleman and Julianne Schultz
Chaired by Kerry O'Brien. Two deep thinkers and fine writers turn their minds to contemporary Australia. In Lies, Damned Lies: A Personal Exploration of the Impact of Colonisation, Claire G. Coleman gives us insight into the stark reality of the ongoing trauma of Australia’s violent colonisation. Julianne Schultz’s The Idea of Australia: A Search for the Soul of the Nation interrogates what defines us as a country. It tracks the contest between an imaginative and defensive country, and what we must do to become our best selves.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 Live Podcast: Archive Fever
Hosted by Yves Rees & Clare Wright with guests John Carty & Jared Thomas. In a special live recording of the peak-nerd podcast Archive Fever, historians Clare Wright and Yves Rees dig into settler colonial record-keeping with guests Professor John Carty and Dr Jared Thomas from the South Australian Museum. Launching the fourth season of the popular history podcast, the duo ask how the Museum is grappling with its collection of unidentified Indigenous remains, and explore how its historical artefacts can operate as a cultural seedbank to help Aboriginal people remember and reconnect with Indigenous knowledges.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 The Centred Victim - Jacqueline Bublitz and Laura Elizabeth Woollett
Chaired by Angela Savage. Turning the crime genre on its head, Jacqueline Bublitz’s Before You Knew My Name and Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s The Newcomer both centre the victim in their stories of violent death and the investigations that follow. The haunting, strangely joyous Before You Knew My Name tells of Alice Lee arriving in New York with just a camera and hope, destined to be a Jane Doe one month later. The Newcomer, which fictionalises an infamous 2002 murder on Norfolk Island, is a smart, provocative portrait of prejudice, violence and grief.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 Wild Motherhood - Briohny Doyle and Rachel Yoder
Chaired by Tali Lavi. Rachel Yoder’s Nightbitch is one of the wildest debuts of the year, a feral, often hilarious take on the impact of new motherhood, as a resentful, flailing woman finds herself transforming into a dog. The monstrousness of mothers takes a more sombre form in Briohny Doyle’s Echolalia, in which a young mother’s alienation from her family and the shrinking world she inhabits lead to a psychological disintegration that matches that of the scorching world outside.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 Theatre, Leadership and the Imagination - John Bell and Jonathan Biggins
Chaired by Tom Wright. John Bell and Jonathan Biggins have spent their lives on the stage. John is our foremost interpreter of Shakespeare. He documents lessons from Shakespeare’s plays in Some Achieve Greatness: Lessons on Leadership and Character from Shakespeare and One of His Greatest Admirers. Jonathan is best known as a leading political satirist and was recently acclaimed for his embodiment of our 24th Prime Minister in his one man show, The Gospel According to Paul, recently adapted into a book. They discuss their lives in the theatre, the essence of leadership and the power of imagination.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 All About Yves: Notes from a Transition - Yves Rees
Chaired by Jennifer Mills. In this remarkable memoir, historian and author Yves Rees invites readers into their experience of coming out as trans. At once generous and challenging, All About Yves is a fascinating journey through the author’s experience of ‘re-becoming’: “What happens when, aged 30, you understand you’re transgender?” they ask. Situating their personal story within the broader historical and cultural context of transgender people in Australia and around the world, Yves provides a warm and illuminating perspective on complex issues of identity, sexuality and the human experience.
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March 07, 2022
AF22 Bet the Farm - Gabrielle Chan and Anika Molesworth
Chaired by Natasha Mitchell As we stand at a crossroads crowded with interconnected issues for our planet’s future – climate change, energy, soil, water, natural disasters – farming sits at the heart of them all. In Why You Should Give a F*ck About Farming, Gabrielle Chan lays out how our nation, its leaders and eaters must find new ways to work and live on our precious land. Anika Molesworth’s Our Sunburnt Country charts a way forward for practical and sustainable farming – if only we find the courage to take it.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 Continuous Creation: The Poetry of Les Murray - Peter Carroll
Performed by Peter Carroll / Introduced by Peter Goldsworthy The late Les Murray was our unofficial poet laureate – irascible, generous, thoughtful, refractory. His poetry was so influential it rewrote our vernacular. He moves us as he is effortlessly profound. In this special event, veteran of the Australian stage Peter Carroll performs a broad survey of Les’s verse, from his early work in the Sydney years to selections from the newly released posthumous Continuous Creation. Joseph Brodsky described Les as “quite simply, the one by whom the language lives.” In this presentation by another of our national treasures, the language lives on.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 Australia's War on Whistleblowers - Bernard Collaery, David McBride and Jennifer Robinson
Chaired by Andrew Fowler Australia's recent treatment of high-profile whistleblowers has been shockingly punitive. Three lawyers speak from intimate experience. Bernard Collaery has faced an ongoing four-year ordeal for representing Witness K, a former ASIS officer who alleged the Commonwealth illegally spied on impoverished neighbour Timor Leste for private commercial gain. David McBride faces life in prison after the Government elected to pursue charges against him for revealing the allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan that led to the Brereton Report. Jennifer Robinson represents Wikileaks founder and abandoned Australian citizen Julian Assange.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 The Luminous Solution - Charlotte Wood
Chaired by Kerryn Goldsworthy In her latest book, The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life, Charlotte Wood shares the insights into creativity she has gained over her long career in literature, paying close attention to her own mind, to the world around her and to the way she and others work. Her message is powerful: “A rich inner life is not just the preserve of the arts. The joys, fears and profound self-discoveries of creativity … I believe to be the birthright of every person on this earth.”
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 Compounding Damage - Michael Bradley, Rachel Doyle, Saxon Mullins
Chaired by Louise Milligan Events of the last year have brought a renewed and urgent focus on the experiences of women seeking redress after experiencing harassment or assault. With exhausting regularity, the perpetrator is protected at the expense of the victim, with the justice system and corporate culture accused of exacerbating trauma. In their books System Failure and Power and Consent, Michael Bradley and Rachel Doyle draw on their legal experience to highlight the flaws in our current laws. Advocate and survivor Saxon Mullins was instrumental in changing the definition of consent in NSW.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 Growing Up in Australia - Anita Heiss, Benjamin Law and Fiona Murphy
Chaired by Anton Enus In 2008, Black Inc published Growing Up Asian in Australia, a collection of stories from Asian Australians about what it was like to grow up as an outsider in your own country. The Growing Up series has been entertaining, informing and inspiring readers across the country ever since. To celebrate the release of a compilation anthology, the editors of the Queer and Aboriginal editions, and a contributor to the Disabled edition, come together to celebrate the diversity of our nation, captured so movingly and delightfully in this important series.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 The Artful Dickens - John Mullan
Chaired by Linda Jaivin “What is so good about Dickens’ novels?” asks John Mullan – and then proceeds to answer in thirteen essays of exquisite prose. From Dickens’ evocation of the senses, particularly taste and smell, to his inventiveness with names; from the melodrama of Little Dorrit to the high-mindedness of Hard Times, Mullan’s Dickens emerges as a shapeshifter and conjuror extraordinaire. Whether you know your Twist from your Copperfield, or you’re a complete Dickens newbie, The Artful Dickens is a riveting read and brings a welcome focus to one of the English language’s greatest minds.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 Living Gender: Reimagining Masculinities and Femininities - Yves Rees, Omar Sakr and Brandon Jack
Twilight Talks | Authorial Voice Hosted by Benjamin Law. Join Australia’s favourite raconteur Ben Law for our rescheduled Twilight Talks, now on the Plane Tree Stage at 5pm. Living Gender brings together a dynamic panel to examine gender in contemporary Australia, featuring Yves Rees, whose memoir All About Yves: Notes from a Transition is a beautiful account of re-becoming and trans identity, Omar Sakr, a lauded Queer poet and novelist, whose thrilling writing examines notions of belonging when one’s identity is at odds with one’s family and faith, and Brandon Jack, a former AFL player who suffered greatly when he tried to conform to sport’s rigid notions of masculinity, and was liberated when he reimagined what it meant to be a man.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 There's Something About China - David Brophy and Jason Yat-Sen Li
Chaired by Linda Jaivin. David Brophy’s China Panic: Australia’s Alternative to Panic and Pandering is a nuanced and insightful analysis of the deterioration of Australia’s relationship with China. As fearmongering about China builds in the lead up to the Federal election, David Brophy and Jason Yat-Sen Li discuss the changing state of our region and the implications for our foreign policy, including the weakening American hegemony in Asia and the worsening levels of state repression in China.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong - Antony Dapiran
Chaired by Benjamin Law. In his detailed account of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong, long-term Hong Kong resident, journalist and lawyer Antony Dapiran reports on the 2019 anti-government protests from the inside. “It is a battle for Hong Kong’s very soul,” he writes. Providing important context dating back to the British Handover in 1997, Antony contemplates both the big and small events that led to the tipping point of 2019, and invites the question, what will happen next?
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 Reporting China - Bill Birtles, Trevor Watson and Sue-Lin Wong
In conversation with Melissa Roberts. When correspondents Bill Birtles and Michael Smith abruptly left China in September 2020 after late night visits from China’s notorious secret police, it marked the first time in decades that Australia had no journalists on the ground. Bill went on to write The Truth About China: Propaganda, Patriotism and the Search for Truth. He joins Trevor Watson, the co-editor of The Beijing Bureau, a collection of essays from some of Australia’s leading correspondents based in China from 1970 to the near present, and Hong Kong-based China correspondent Sue-Lin Wong, to discuss their experiences and insights, in a conversation led by Melissa Roberts, co-editor of The Beijing Bureau.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 The Shortest History of China - Linda Jaivin
Chaired by Jacqueline Lo. One of Australia’s foremost sinologists distils the sprawling history of China into a pacey, readable account of its origins, impact and influence. Named as one of the top five books on China of 2021, Linda Jaivin’s The Shortest History of China explores everything from China’s philosophical genesis to its contemporary political system. Richly informative and highly entertaining, this compact survey is the perfect introduction to China in all its complexity.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 Blight Street - Geoff Goodfellow, Roslyn Oades and Nic Darrigo
Poetry in Performance.  Geoff Goodfellow returns to Writers’ Week with a reading of his new verse novella, Blight Street, featuring Geoff and performers Roslyn Oades and Nic Darrigo. Set in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, Blight Street is written in the language and idiom of the culture it portrays. Harrowing but tender, Blight Street draws on the vital themes that characterise Geoff’s writing: the working class struggle, the tragedy of addiction and the celebration of love. The reading is followed by a short interview with Geoff, chaired by Rick Sarre.
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March 07, 2022
AWW22 Holding the Hose - Richard Flanagan
Chaired by Kerry O'Brien Richard Flanagan returns to Writers’ Week for a wide-ranging discussion with Kerry O’Brien. Drawing on his journalism of recent years, particularly his now iconic essay The Australian Disease: On the Decline of Love and the Rise of Non-freedom and his recent bestseller on the salmon industry, Toxic, Richard and Kerry discuss the conformity that blights our national life, along with ideas of freedom, leadership, and the roots of inequality. If we are to find hope, Richard says, we must finally take our compass more from ourselves and less from the powerful.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 The Big Switch - Saul Griffith
Chaired by Sally Warhaft NSW Treasurer Matt Keane describes Australian and Biden climate and energy adviser Saul Griffith as having “a brain the size of a planet. He’s a genius”. In The Big Switch, Saul lays out a detailed blueprint for fighting climate change while creating millions of new jobs and a healthier environment. While billionaires might plot to escape the planet they’ve trashed via a private rocket to Mars, Saul says, the rest of us will stay and fight for the future. The Big Switch tells us how we can win.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 Words from the Wise - Peter Doherty and Barry Jones
Chaired by Rick Sarre Two of Australia’s most distinguished thinkers join forces in this unmissable conversation. With combined life experience of more years than it’s polite to mention, Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty’s An Insider’s Plague Year and dazzling polymath Barry Jones’s What Is To Be Done? continue their authors’ lifelong commitment to better the world as they reflect on the pivotal role of science, the failure of our politics, and what we must do to confront the great challenges of our time.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 Beyond Belief: How Pentecostal Christianity is Taking Over the World - Elle Hardy
Chaired by Meredith Lake Little more than 100 years old, Pentecostalism currently has 600 million followers worldwide and is on track to have 1 in 10 people pledging allegiance by 2050. Reporting this revolution from twelve countries – including Australia - Elle Hardy’s Beyond Belief: How Pentecostal Christianity is Taking Over the World weaves a timeless tale of miracles, money and power, set in our volatile age of extremes. Equal parts troubling and entertaining, Beyond Belief exposes the Pentecostal agenda: not just saving souls, but transforming societies and controlling politics… and they have the cash and influence to succeed.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 Our Nation's Shame - Samantha Crompvoets and Mark Willacy
Chaired by Sharon Davis On 19 November, 2020, the Chief of the Australian Defence Force stood in front of our nation and apologised to another: “To the people of Afghanistan,” said Angus Campbell, “on behalf of the Australian Defence Force, I sincerely and unreservedly apologise for any wrongdoing by Australian soldiers.” He spoke on the release of the findings of the Brereton Inquiry into War Crimes. Samantha Crompvoets’s work triggered that report and is outlined in Blood Lust, Trust & Blame. Mark Willacy reported first on the crimes it investigated, detailed in Rogue Forces.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 Remembering Shane Warne - Malcolm Knox and Bharat Sundaresan
Chaired by Nick Ryan Following the shocking news of Shane Warne’s untimely death overnight on Friday, a session to remember Shane's oversized talent, personality and legacy to cricket.  Cricbuzz’s Bharat Sundaresan and Sydney Morning Herald’s Malcolm Knox sit down with Nick Ryan to remember the man described as the greatest leg spinner the world has ever known and the immense contribution he made to the game.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 C+NTO and Othered Poems - Joelle Taylor
Chaired by Jennifer Mills A welcome discovery for many at the 2019 Adelaide Writers’ Week, British powerhouse poet and performer Joelle Taylor returns with her new collection C+NTO and Othered Poems. The winner of the 2021 T.S. Eliot Prize, this visceral and emotional collection was named by New Statesman as the poetry book of 2021 and described as “one of the most astonishing and original poetry collections of recent years”. Simultaneously intimate and epic, its riveting exploration of gender confirms Joelle as one of the key chroniclers of her community and times.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 The Island of Missing Trees - Elif Shafak
Chaired by Michael Williams. In best-selling author Elif Shafak’s The Island of Missing Trees, star-crossed lovers Greek Christian Kostas and Turkish Muslim Defne navigate the violence of the partition of Cyprus to eventually find safety in London. Elif’s last novel, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, was short-listed for the Booker Prize. This stunningly original follow-up is a beautifully crafted story of love, loss and belonging, infused with the humanity and heart that is the hallmark of Elif’s acclaimed writings. Co-presented by The Wheeler Centre.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 This Campus Life - Diana Reid and Indyana Schneider
Chaired by Victoria Purman. The transformative excitement of university life has been little mined by Australian fiction. In their immensely readable and impressively complex debut novels, Diana Reid and Indyana Schneider explore that most liminal time of campus life to excellent effect. Diana’s Love and Virtue traverses feminism, sexuality and the precocious intellectualism of first year life on a Sydney campus. Indyana Schneider weaves music, literature, art, dance, sex and the exquisite pain and pleasure of first love into student life at Oxford.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 The Boys' Club - Michael Warner
Chaired by Tom Wright. AFL is one of Australia’s most popular sports and the only one we can claim as indigenous. According to The Boys’ Club, a jaw-dropping account of the scandals that have beset the AFL over the last twenty years, it is also managed by a ruthlessly entitled Melbourne-based executive that operates with a stunning lack of transparency and accountability. Michael Warner takes us behind the scenes and into the inner workings of the AFL to reveal how it became one of the richest and most powerful organisations in the country.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 Empire of Pain - Patrick Radden Keefe
Chaired by Ben Brooker. Patrick Radden Keefe’s remarkable Say Nothing documented the Troubles in Northern Ireland and was named by The New York Times as one of the best books of 2019. His follow up is Empire of Pain, an equally powerful account of the opioid crisis gripping America and the family that created it and continues to profit from it. Patrick meticulously chronicles the rise of the Sackler family, whose company invented the highly addictive OxyContin, and damns a country too cowed by money to protect its own citizens.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 Bodies of Light - Jennifer Down
Chaired by Cath Kenneally. Holly lives a simple life in America when a Facebook message from across the seas and decades brings her past hurtling back, a past of trauma, abuse and terrible sadness. As she slowly excavates her life, as Holly, as Jo, as Maggie, we explore the courage and desperation it takes to reinvent a life once, twice, thrice. A book of great empathy, heartbreak and devastating beauty, Jennifer Down's Bodies of Light asks how much trauma a person can bear, and how one can find a way to live with it.
57:28
March 06, 2022
AWW22 Legally Bound: Change, Activism and the Law - David Barnden, Michael Bradley and Terri Janke
Chaired by Paul Barclay. Three high profile lawyers discuss how they use their legal practice to advance important causes. David Barnden represented the students in Sharma v Minister for the Environment (2021) which found that Minister Ley had a duty of care to the next generation. Michael Bradley’s clients include survivors of sexual violence, Indian Australians locked out of Australia, and refugees imprisoned in Australian hotels. Terri Janke’s True Tracks framework of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property principles has been transformative for the protection of communities’ copyright and the prevention of cultural theft.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 Once There Were Wolves - Charlotte McConaghy
Chaired by Geordie Williamson. Charlotte McConaghy’s follow-up to her intense and acclaimed The Last Migration is Once There Were Wolves. Biologist Inti Flynn returns to Scotland with her twin sister Aggie on a quest to reintroduce fourteen grey wolves to the remote Highlands. Facing opposition from the local farmers, Inti’s project becomes increasingly challenging. And then a local farmer turns up dead. A compelling combination of literary fiction and murder mystery, Once There Were Wolves is lush, vivid and propulsively gripping.
59:54
March 06, 2022
AWW22 History's Inspiration - Katrina Nannestad
Inspired by historical events, Katrina Nannestad’s We Are Wolves and Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief are stories where children are the innocent victims of war and bravely battle the odds to overcome grand world events. In this session, Katrina discusses the lessons of adversity and the inspiring real stories behind her novels.
50:13
March 06, 2022
AWW22 Being Black 'N Chicken, & Chips - Matt Okine
Comedian Matt Okine’s debut novel, Being Black ‘n Chicken, & Chips, burst onto the scene with an hilarious and often heartbreaking story about trying to grow up when everything is falling apart. For all its humour, Matt gives voice to lived experiences of third culture kids and awkward teenagers everywhere. In this unmissable session, Matt reveals the layers behind the laughs.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 The Master of Two Worlds - John Flanagan
Coming to Writers' Week for the first time, John Flanagan is primed to meet the legions of fans of his Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband adventure series. In conversation with Clare Sawyer, John takes readers through the themes that have kept him fascinated while writing these long-running series. Prepare to be enlightened by the hidden layers within these famous epic journeys and find out why they’ve sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 The Darkness Within - Lyndall Clipstone and CS Pacat
Join bestselling YA fantasy author CS Pacat (the Fence series) debut author Lyndall Clipstone (Lakesedge) as they discuss YA fantasy and the drive towards the dark side. What accounts for our fascination with dark themes in YA and what rich motifs do these authors mine when forming their fantasy worlds?
49:34
March 06, 2022
AWW22 Hear Me Roar!
Poetry in Performance Writers’ Week’s favourite showcase of slam poetry and spoken word performance returns to the Plane Tree Stage on Sunday featuring performances from poets striding the local, national and international stages. Hear Me Roar! MC Sarah Jane Justice will be joined by an impressive line-up, including Evelyn Araluen, Sara Mansour, Huda the Goddess, Tracey O'Callaghan, Tyberius Larking, Pola Fanous, Isi Ferguson, and special guest from the UK Joelle Taylor.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 Heroes, Rebels and Innovators - Karen Wyld
SA author Karen Wyld will offer insights into the early resistance fighters, collaborators, inventors and dreamers featured in her middle grade book Heroes, Rebels and Innovators: Inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from History. She’ll explore how we can be inspired by individuals from the past to take on current challenges and create a better future.
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March 06, 2022
AWW22 YA Microstory Competition
The Adelaide Writers' Week Microstory Competition is on again in 2022! Supported by 9News, this competition invites young people aged under 18 to submit a microstory of 50 words or less. In 2022, the theme for the story is A Better Picture (this is also the theme of Writers' Week in 2022). The winner will receive a $500 gift card courtesy of 9News and a YA Day book pack courtesy of Writers' Week. Come along for the announcement of the winner and a reading of the winning story! Supported by Channel 9
03:17
March 06, 2022
AWW22 The Listies Live
In a special one-off event, Australia’s favourite kids comedy duo The Listies (ABC TV’s The Listies Work For Peanuts) are coming to Adelaide Writers' Week! Join us for 40 minutes of madcap fun that only The Listies can make!
43:30
March 06, 2022
AWW22 Introducing Hometown Haunts - Sarah Epstein, Poppy Nwosu, Jared Thomas and Vikki Wakefield
Hometown Haunts is a #LoveOzYa homegrown horror anthology featuring some of SA’s finest authors. Join editor and contributing author Poppy Nwosu in a conversation with writers Vikki Wakefield, Jared Thomas and Sarah Epstein. They’ll explore some of the most beloved and thrilling tropes and themes of the horror genre – from body horror to the supernatural, hauntings to everyday evils.
52:57
March 06, 2022
AWW22 Scott Morrison: Who the Bloody Hell is He? - Sean Kelly and Annika Smethurst
Chaired by Annabel Crabb Sean Kelly describes The Game, his illuminating and deliciously readable take on Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as something akin to literary fiction, a critique of the flat character Morrison has assiduously created for the cameras, as conveyed to us through the pages of the press. Annika Smethurst’s The Accidental Prime Minister rigorously fills in the gaps in Morrison’s story. Both books help us understand more about the politician and the man behind the selfies.
01:00:36
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Apples Never Fall - Liane Moriarty
Chaired by Collette Snowden Liane Moriarty is one of Australia’s most successful authors. Her books have sold over twenty million copies worldwide, with two – Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers – triumphantly adapted into television series starring Nicole Kidman. Liane makes her Writers’ Week debut with her ninth book, Apples Never Fall, at once a compelling mystery and a satisfying family drama, and a fine exemplar of Liane’s signature combination of domestic realism and noirish mystery.
54:05
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Deadly Quiet City - Murong Xuecun
Chaired by Clive Hamilton In January 2020, Wuhan was placed in total lockdown, leaving its residents anxious and afraid, struggling to find medicine, food and information about the strange new virus that left them trapped them in their homes. In Deadly Quiet City, one of China’s most celebrated authors, Murong Xuecen, goes in search of stories from Wuhan's 76-day lockdown. Eight people – including an exhausted doctor and a citizen journalist – share their lives and their grief as the catastrophe unfolded. Revealing truths about people, the pandemic and China today, Deadly Quiet City is a haunting documentation of modern history.
58:07
March 05, 2022
AWW22 How Fast Things Fall - Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull
Chaired by Jo Dyer Since leaving office, former Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull have definitely and determinedly not gone gentle into the good night, instead becoming trenchant critics of the incumbent Prime Minister and his Government, and the type of politics they practise. Focussing particularly on the pernicious power of Murdoch and the urgency of action on climate change, this unlikely duo remain important and unapologetic voices in our increasingly polarised political debate.
01:03:44
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Well Hello - Annabel Crabb and Miranda Murphy
Chaired by Natasha Cica When Annabel Crabb and bestie Leigh Sales started a little podcast in 2014, they never imagined the cult following they would generate. Rambling conversations that traverse books, television, film, friendship, cooking and more, Chat 10 Looks 3 has inspired tens of thousands of passionate “Chatters” and now a book, Well Hello. Annabel and her other partner-in-crime and co-author, editor of the Chat newsletter Miranda Murphy, discuss the runaway success of the podcast, the book and all things Chat.
57:28
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Scary Monsters - Michelle de Kretser
Chaired by Cath Kenneally. Dual Miles Franklin Award-winner Michelle de Kretser’s Scary Monsters tells the stories of two immigrant Australians, both of Asian heritage: Lili, a 22-year-old in 1980s France, and Lyle, living in a near future semi-dystopian Australia ravaged by bushfires, intolerance and capitalism. Set in the past and the future, Scary Monsters is a supremely contemporary novel, with a sharp dark humour that belies the seriousness of the themes it explores, and an audacious reversible format that acts as a playful physical embodiment of the migrant’s disorientation.
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March 05, 2022
AWW22 Cometh the Virus, Cometh the Man - Norman Swan
Chaired by David Sly Well-known to listeners of ABC RN’s The Health Report, Norman Swan’s clear commentary and advice on COVID-19 elevated him to a new level of prominence as his Coronacast podcast became one of the most trusted sources of information in a time of competing and sometimes hysterical claims about the scary new virus sweeping the globe. Norman’s new book, So You Think You Know What’s Good For You?, takes a comprehensive and common-sense look at how to “cut the bull” to live a healthy life.
01:03:01
March 05, 2022
AWW22 The Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
The Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature are presented every two years during Adelaide Writers’ Week. Introduced in 1986 by the Government of South Australia, the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature celebrate South Australia’s writing culture by offering national and state-based literary prizes, as well as fellowships for South Australian writers. Managed by the State Library of South Australia, the awards provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of our unique South Australian writers, and contribute to and support community engagement with literature. Be the first to learn the winners of South Australia’s richest literary awards at this special event celebrating the country’s finest writers. Winners across the categories of Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, as well as Poetry and the Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award, will be announced and speak on the day.
01:00:45
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray: River of Dreams - Anita Heiss
Chaired by Jared Thomas. Hugely popular and award-winning author Anita Heiss’s new novel opens with a fictionalised account of 1852’s Gundagai floods, still Australia’s deadliest. But for the heroic efforts of Wiradyuri men Yarri and Jacky Jacky, the toll would have been much higher. Yarri’s daughter Wagadhaany survives the flood only to become an indentured slave to the settlers her father rescued. A nuanced examination of Black and White relations, a celebration of family and Country, and a literary celebration of the Wiradyuri language, Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray is Anita’s finest book yet.
59:34
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Writing Art - Angela O'Keeffe and Claire Thomas
Chaired by Kate Mildenhall. Two of 2021’s most innovative and engrossing books have works of art at their heart. Claire Thomas’s The Performance is set over a single theatrical performance, and uses the potent image of the trapped Winnie in Beckett’s masterpiece Happy Days to explore the colliding but disparate lives of three women. Angela O’Keeffe’s Night Blue is audaciously told from the perspective of our National Gallery’s most famous acquisition, Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles, as it examines an artist’s life and the eternal conundrum of great art that springs from monstrous creators.
01:03:20
March 05, 2022
AWW22 QAnon and On: A Short and Shocking History of Internet Conspiracy Cults - Van Badham
Chaired by Sharon Davis. In this compelling account of contemporary conspiracies, the internet’s dark corners, and those who inhabit both, Van Badham dives deep into the world of Gamergate, Pizzagate, QAnon and more. With a new capacity to cross-pollinate with each other and online, the wild nature of the tales from this new brand of conspiracist may sound funny – Lizard People anyone? – but they leave a trail of devastation in their wake. QAnon and On lays it all bare.
01:00:43
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Comrades in Words - Christos Tsiolkas and Charlotte Wood
Chaired by Nicole Abadee. Charlotte Wood and Christos Tsiolkas are two of our most acclaimed and best loved authors, rigorous, generous, and excavators of humanity’s hidden depths. In this special conversation, Charlotte and Christos draw on their most recent books – Charlotte’s study of creativity The Luminous Solution and Christos’s autofiction 7 ½ – to discuss how they function as artists, the challenges of a creative life and how they lived through the surreal ride of the pandemic. Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
01:00:48
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Up Close and Different - Clem Bastow and Emma Jane
Chaired by Jane Howard. In her warm and witty memoir, Late Bloomer, Clem Bastow writes how her life was transformed after she was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as an adult. Journalist turned academic Emma Jane’s candid and darkly humorous memoir Diagnosis Normal describes the many lives she lived with gusto before embracing a new life when she too had a late diagnosis of autism. Both books are funny, poignant and provide illuminating insight into the experience of living as a neurodiverse person in a neurotypical world. Co-presented by Centre for Ideas, University of NSW.
58:59
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Animal - Lisa Taddeo
Chaired by Kate Mildenhall. Catapulted to literary stardom with her non-fiction bestseller Three Women, acclaimed for its radical candour in discussing sex, Lisa Taddeo’s debut novel is no less bold. Concerned with the link between trauma and sexual violence, Animal tells the story of voracious obsessive anti-hero Joan as she flees a dramatically failed love affair in New York to confront unfinished business in LA. Infused with bravado, psychological acuity and sly wit, and full of one-liners and simmering emotion, Animal is a sensational novel of female revenge.
58:00
March 05, 2022
AWW22 The Airways - Jennifer Mills
Chaired by Sophie Cunningham. Jennifer Mills follows up her Miles Franklin-shortlisted Dyschronia with the arresting The Airways, a story of memory, reality and the banality of violence. Set between contemporary Sydney and a hyper-real Beijing, The Airways is a hugely original ghost story, a powerful examination of the relationship between the body and the self, violence and the violated, marked by the sensory immersive prose that has become the hallmark of one of Australia’s most interesting and ambitious authors.
57:28
March 05, 2022
AWW22 My Favourite Story - Kevin Rudd
This Writers' Week session is part of our Kids' Day program.
22:55
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Skywhales: Every Heart Sings - Patricia Piccinini
This Writers' Week session is part of our Kids' Day program.
29:12
March 05, 2022
AWW22 My Favourite Story - Mem Fox
This Writers' Week session is part of our Kids' Day program.
20:31
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Remy Lai
This Writers' Week session is part of our Kids' Day program.
29:45
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Story Trove: Littlelight - Kelly Canby
This Writers' Week session is part of our Kids' Day program
26:33
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Felice Arena
This Writers' Week session is part of our Kids' Day program.
40:10
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Story Trove: Tomorrow is a Brand New Day - Davina Bell & Alison Colpoys
This Writers' Week session is part of our Kids' Day program
23:12
March 05, 2022
AWW22 Kids' Day Introduction
This Writers' Week session is a part of our Kids' Day program.
03:07
March 04, 2022
AWW21 In Conversation with Vikki Wakefield
When Vikki Wakefield’s This is How We Change the Ending won the 2020 CBCA’s Award for Book of the Year: Older Readers, it cemented her reputation as an author of incredible power and empathy. Join moderator Clare Sawyer to find out why and how Vikki can write “from inside a teen boys head, illuminating his thoughts and words with searing understanding and empathy, along with hints of hope.” (The Australian) Chaired by Clare Sawyer
50:27
March 26, 2021
AWW21 Honeybee - Craig Silvey
After the blockbuster success of Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey’s highly anticipated new novel is Honeybee. Chronicling the coming of age of its transgender narrator, Sam, the story opens with Sam and another despairing soul standing on an overpass ready to end it all. Sam and Vic save each other and their tentative friendship gives them their first reason to live. Equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, Honeybee is a deeply empathetic novel of identity, vulnerability and masculinity. Chaired by Yves Rees
59:57
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Lonely Century: Coming Together in a World that's Pulling Apart - Noreena Hertz
Described by The Observer as one of the “world’s leading thinkers”, global economist Noreena Hertz dissects the contemporary epidemic of loneliness in The Lonely Century. This meticulously researched and highly readable book describes how we have become alienated from each other, and analyses the structures, influences and trends that cause and exacerbate our isolation. The Lonely Century is an urgent message about one of the most far-reaching issues of our time. Chaired by Natasha Cica
01:03:25
March 24, 2021
AWW21 Twilight of Democracy - Anne Applebaum
Pulitzer prize-winning author and historian Anne Applebaum deconstructs the psychology and motivations of today’s crazed conspiracy theorists and populists in Twilight of Democracy, an incisive examination of the longstanding struggle between democracy and dictatorship. Drawing on experience and high-level relationships forged across Europe and America, and an exemplary understanding of contemporary and historical politics, Twilight of Democracy is a confronting and illuminating analysis of a polarised world. Chaired by Sally Warhaft
01:02:29
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Price of Free Speech - Malcolm Knox and Patrick Mullins
Do Australians extend the right of free speech only to those we agree with, saying things we approve of? In Truth is Trouble: The Strange Case of Israel Folau, or How Free Speech Became So Complicated, Malcolm Knox documents the curious case of how footballer Israel Folau became the centre of our free speech debate. Patrick Mullins’ The Trials of Portnoy: How Penguin Brought Down Australia’s Censorship System, recounts the pervasive literary censorship of our puritanical past, brought to an abrupt end with Portnoy’s Complaint and Penguin’s brave decision to publish and be damned. Malcolm and Patrick discuss our history of censorship and today’s fraught debate around bigotry and cancel culture. Chaired by David Marr
01:02:22
March 24, 2021
AWW21 What Just Happened? - Danielle Celermajer, Gabrielle Chan and Richard McGregor
It began with Australia ablaze and ended with a scramble to avoid the latest cluster of the clusterf*** that was COVID-19. In between were floods, flailing democracies, dodged accountabilities, and a weird fugue that swallowed April – July. It’s no wonder we emerged from 2020 wondering: “What just happened?”. Sophie Cunningham’s Fire Flood Plague pondered just that. She facilitates a conversation with contributors Richard McGregor and Gabrielle Chan, joined by Danielle Celermajer, whose essay collection Summertime: Reflections on a Vanishing Future is an an urgent elegy for looming loss. Chaired by Sophie Cunningham
59:38
March 24, 2021
AWW21 Return to Uluru - John Carty, Marcia Langton and Mark McKenna
When historian Mark McKenna set out to write a history of Uluru, he had no idea where the story would take him. Researching the shooting death of an Aboriginal man by policeman Bill McKinnon, Mark uncovered shocking evidence that was typical of Australian frontier justice, and astonishing in its contemporary resonance. With support from the families of key individuals, and the assistance of South Australian Museum, Mark uncovered critical new evidence, and Return to Uluru became a true crime story of the most explosive kind, and an important exploration of what truth telling and reconciliation means in practice. Chaired by Jared Thomas
01:04:16
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Business of Being a Writer - Your Book and Your Brand
When should you start to think about your author brand? How are you going to promote your message and when should you connect with your audience? Featuring Scribe Publications Publicity Manager Cora Roberts and novelist and critic Jessie Tu, this event will give aspiring authors practical tips on all the ins and outs of promotion, including creating and curating a brand, time-management, self-promotion and working with an in-house marketing team. Hosted by Georgia Richter
01:00:23
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Details: On Love, Death and Reading - Tegan Bennett Daylight
Part memoir, part love letter to her favourite books and authors, Tegan Bennett Daylight’s first collection of essays, The Details: On Love, Death and Reading, evokes Blake’s observation that one can see “a World in a Grain of Sand.” The detail is the point, she writes. Drawing on noted authors including Jane Austen, George Saunders, S. J. Perelman and particularly Helen Garner, Tegan skillfully blends observations about writing and reading with recollections from her own life, from the profound to the everyday, to moving, inspiring and sometimes hilarious effect. Chaired by Geordie Williamson
01:00:12
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Carbon Club - Marian Wilkinson
Why is it that, despite overwhelming popular support for action on Climate Change, Australia has been a policy laggard in this area? One of Australia’s most respected investigative journalists Marian Wilkinson tells all in The Carbon Club. Revealing the network of powerful climate change sceptics, politicians and business leaders who have sought to control Australia’s climate policy, and with extraordinary access to players from all sides, Marian has written a riveting and disturbing account of the self-interest and betrayal behind Australia’s criminally poor response to Climate Change. Chaired by Royce Kurmelovs
01:01:44
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Future is Now - William Gibson
The man who invented “cyberspace”, William Gibson is one of the most influential writers of our time. From his groundbreaking debut novel Neuromancer, to his latest bestseller Agency, he was the first to imagine a computer-saturated existence, grounded in an all-too-material world, and to anticipate its implications. The philosophies and practicalities of the near futures of his books stem from a deep and fascinated engagement with the present, as embodied in his most famous aphorism: “The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.” Chaired by James Bradley
01:02:22
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Dragons and the Snakes - David Kilcullen
Soldier-scholar David Kilcullen is Australia’s most influential contemporary military strategist. A former adviser to General Petraeus and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, his new book, The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West, examines the complex new world of modern warfare, featuring the state competitor “dragons” and the non-state guerrilla and terrorist players, the “snakes.” A remarkable synthesis of three decades of military and political history, this expert analysis of the new nature of conflict is as illuminating as it is disturbing. Chaired by Rick Sarre
01:02:34
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Business of Being a Writer - Self-Publishing: Viable or Vanity?
When should you choose self-publication over publication? What does a self-publishing writer need to know about production, printing, design, promotion and distribution – and which path is right for you? Get the nuts and bolts of self-publication with Deborah Lee of Ingram Spark and author Maria Lewis, who has both self-published and been commissioned by a major publishing house. Hosted by Georgia Richter
01:01:42
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Golden Maze - Richard Fidler
In Richard Fidler’s love letter to the city of Prague, The Golden Maze: A Biography of Prague, he describes it as a city “written in pencil, erased, rewritten and erased again... a fabulous palimpsest of stories.” Richard interweaves his own visits, experiences and impressions of Prague with its broader history, giving us a brilliant living portrait of a city of fairy tales, violent crusades and dark secrets. His passion and love for the city infuse the pages of a book that captures its very essence. Chaired by David Sly
55:53
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Meaning of Money - Royce Kurmelovs and Rick Morton
Royce Kurmelovs’ finances were shredded when, uninsured, he hit another car. Rick Morton grew up in poverty, a household that struggled to afford birthday gifts and in which an unexpected bill could mean a choice between food and electricity. Royce’s Just Money: Misadventures in the Great Australian Debt Trap and Rick’s On Money are illuminating explorations of the debt industry and its shakedown of the poor and the desperate, and the strange moral meaning we – one of the most indebted nations in the world – ascribe to both the having and owing of money. Chaired by David Sly
58:59
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Glass Hotel - Emily St. John Mandel
Emily St. John Mandel’s exquisite new novel tells of the porous boundaries between past and present, rich and poor, living and dead. The Glass Hotel follows tough and beautiful Vincent, whose fall off a container ship into a storm-tossed ocean opens and closes the book, and of Jonathan, who whisks Vincent off into the “kingdom of money”, but whose wealth is a Bernie Madoff-esque mirage. With its intricate, interlocking narratives, and rich haunting prose, The Glass Hotel is a beguiling puzzle of a book that is a joy to solve. Chaired by Caroline Baum
59:12
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Inner Self: The Joy of Discovering Who We Really Are - Hugh Mackay
Hugh Mackay has made a lifelong study of the attitudes and behaviours of Australians, researching who we are, and why we behave as we do, for nearly sixty years. In his potent new book, The Inner Self, Hugh returns to his psychology roots and turns his gaze inwards, bypassing our socially constructed identities to explore our deeper, more private sense of self. He invites us to find a path to psychological freedom by answering that most challenging and confronting of questions: Who am I, really? Chaired by Nicole Abadee
01:00:11
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Insider - Christopher Pyne
When his father died unexpectedly at 59, Christopher Pyne learned that life is short in the toughest possible way. He became a man in a hurry, and fought his way into Federal Parliament at the tender age of 25, knifing his erstwhile mentor to get there. A confidante to and tactician for multiple Prime Ministers, Christopher rose to become one of SA’s most powerful – and entertaining – political figures. In The Insider: The Scoops, the Scandals and the Serious Business within the Canberra Bubble, he writes with verve, wit and candour about what Annabel Crabb calls “a truly bonkers period of political history.” Chaired by Sally Warhaft
01:02:14
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Living Sea of Waking Dreams - Richard Flanagan
One of Australia’s greatest writers and seer of our times, Booker Prize-winner Richard Flanagan’s The Living Sea of Waking Dreams describes the end of a family and the end of the world. Documenting the slow death of a matriarch in a Hobart hospital, and the tumult it causes amongst her children, this achingly sad but still hopeful novel deploys magical realism, black humour and Richard’s masterfully poetic prose to explore the way humanity loves, neglects and destroys itself and the beautiful world it inhabits. Chaired by Chris Flynn
01:00:39
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Mother Fault - Kate Mildenhall
The world shifted slowly, then so fast, while they watched but didn’t see. In Kate Mildenhall’s compulsive The Mother Fault, Mim’s comfortable, micro-chipped life in suburban Melbourne and her assumptions about the neutrality of the omniscient Department are upended when her husband Ben goes missing while working in Indonesia.   Set in a near future and very recognisable Australia,  The Mother Fault is at once a literary thriller, a family drama and a riveting exploration of the consequences of a passive population and the costs – and rewards – of fighting back. Chaired by Cath Kenneally
59:59
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Mountains Sing - Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s The Mountains Sing is the epic, multigenerational tale of the Tran family, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Spanning the French colonial period to the present day, we follow the lives of matriarch Diệu Lan and her granddaughter Huong. Diệu Lan tells Huong of Vietnam’s taboo on discussing “the wrongdoing of those in power, for they give themselves the right to rewrite history.” With luminous prose and a compelling immersive story, The Mountains Sing breaks that silence. Chaired by Caroline Baum
01:00:00
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Palace Letters - Jenny Hocking
Distinguished historian Jenny Hocking fought for over a decade for access to correspondence between Governor General John Kerr and Buckingham Palace about the sacking of Gough Whitlam. Classified by the Palace as “personal correspondence”, Jenny finally secured their release in June 2020 following a landmark High Court judgment that decreed they were Commonwealth records. In her new book, The Palace Letters, Jenny discusses the implications of the Letters and their release for transparency and accountability in our democratic system, and for Australian democracy itself. Chaired by Mark McKenna
01:02:52
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Music Advantage - Anita Collins
In her book, The Music Advantage: How Learning Music Helps Your Child’s Brain and Wellbeing, Dr Anita Collins outlines the remarkable and surprising benefits that playing – or even just appreciating – music offers children. An expert in cognitive development and passionate music educator, Anita visited classrooms and leading music and neurological research labs around the world to investigate the extraordinary impact music can have on the development of young brains. The Music Advantage is the impressive result.\ Chaired by Hannah Critchlow
01:00:32
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Porous Present: Love, Life and Legacies - Nardi Simpson and Karen Wyld
In Karen Wyld’s Where the Fruit Falls, Brigid sets off on an epic journey with her twin babies, one white and one black, searching for lost love. Nardi Simpson’s Song of the Crocodile introduces us to the Billymil family, living with its community on the fringes of Darnmoor, “the Gateway to Happiness”. Both novels are award winning, immersive stories of family, Country and history that powerfully weave rich narratives and magical realism with the enduring tragic legacy of colonialism. Chaired by Natalie Harkin
56:11
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive - Philippe Sands
From the award winning author of the celebrated East West Street comes the real life thriller The Ratline, a mesmerising biography of a devoted husband, father and war criminal. The story of the life and mysterious death of Nazi leader turned fugitive Otto von Wächter, the richly detailed and beautifully crafted The Ratline draws on the family archives of Otto’s son and Philippe’s friend Horst to explore humanity’s capacity for love and evil, and ask if one can redeem the other. Chaired by Rick Sarre
01:03:39
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The River Runs Dry - Richard Beasley, Grant Rigney and Margaret Simons
The Murray-Darling Basin is dying. Despite its catastrophic plight, and the devastating findings of the South Australian Royal Commission, policy is corrupted, neglected or ignored. Richard Beasley draws on his experience as Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission in Dead in the Water, a book that is simultaneously hilarious and deadly serious, and very, very angry. Margaret Simons’ celebrated Quarterly Essay, Cry Me A River (QE77), is both a portrait and explanation of our current predicament. Grant Rigney is the Director of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations. Chaired by Rick Sarre
01:02:43
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Virus is Here: Pandemics in Fiction - Emily St. John Mandel and Laura Jean McKay
As the Lockdowns of 2020 began, Laura Jean McKay’s story of a world collapsing in the midst of a viral epidemic, The Animals in That Country, seized the popular imagination: a hallucinogenic tale of Zoo Flu with wild symptoms that enable inter-species communication. Emily St. John Mandel’s break-out novel Station Eleven is a gripping, eerie story of civilisation’s collapse in the wake of a flu that wipes out 99% of the world’s population. It sold nearly two million copies worldwide. Both are prescient, terrifying and ultimately hopeful. Chaired by Sophie Cunningham
55:42
March 24, 2021
AWW21 The Rise of Independent Media - Peter Fray, Margaret Simons and Michael West
With over half a million Australians joining Kevin Rudd’s call for a Royal Commission into News Corp and the concentration of media power in this country, Australians are increasingly turning to other, more independent outlets for their news. Editor-in-Chief of veteran online newsletter Crikey! Peter Fray, independent journalist and media analyst Margaret Simons and founder of michaelwest.com.au, business writer Michael West discuss the rise of independent media and what we gain – and lose – from the increased proliferation of new media. Chaired by David Washington
01:01:03
March 23, 2021
AWW21 The Shadow King with Maaza Mengiste
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Shadow King is a powerful, poetic book about women soldiers during the Italian Ethiopian war of 1935, the first main conflict of World War II. Drawing on the life of Maaza’s own grandmother, it tells the story of Hirut, whose daring plan saves morale when Emperor Selassie goes into exile, only to end up a prisoner of one of Italy’s most brutal officers. A captivating study of female power with an indelible, inspirational heroine at its heart. Chaired by Linda Jaivin
01:00:11
March 23, 2021
AWW21 The World of Words - Sue Butler and Pip Williams
Pip Williams’ wonderful novel The Dictionary of Lost Words documents the origin of the Oxford Dictionary through the tale of the fictional Esme Nicoll who observes how some words were valued more than others and seeks to rectify it. Sue Butler was Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary for decades, where she oversaw the inclusion of new words. Her new book is the highly entertaining Rebel Without a Clause. Losing the Linguistic plot... Pip and Sue discuss the attraction and fluidity of language, and how dictionaries shape and reflect their times. Chaired by Victoria Purman
56:34
March 23, 2021
AWW21 There Goes the Neighbourhood - Chongyi Feng and Geoff Raby
Insults flying via Twitter, lobsters dying on the tarmac in Shanghai, Ministers’ phone calls snubbed by their counterparts: how has our relationship with China come to this? Former Australian Ambassador to China Geoff Raby explores China’s newly assertive place in the world and the implications for Australia in his new book, China’s Grand Strategy and Australia’s Future in the New Global Order. He is joined by Chongyi Feng to discuss what – if anything – can be done to repair this critical geopolitical and economic relationship. Chaired by Richard McGregor
01:02:49
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Tribes and Tribulations: Growing up Gay - Shannon Molloy and Ronnie Scott
In his harrowing memoir, Fourteen: My Year of Darkness, and the light that followed, Shannon Molloy details the violence and fear he perpetually suffered growing up as an effeminate boy deep in regional Queensland. Ronnie Scott’s debut novel, The Adversary, is a sly, dry account of the inner-city world of endless student summers, cheap wine and Grindr; the like of which a young Shannon could only dream. How individuals cope and grow, and how this is reflected in worlds changing around them, is explored in these very different but equally engaging accounts of gay life in Australia. Chaired by Rick Morton
58:09
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Trouble of the Mind: Mental Illness in Fiction - Luke Horton and Meg Mason
The devastating effect of mental health afflictions and their impact on both the individual and their nearest and dearest is sensitively and sometimes hilariously explored by Meg Mason and Luke Horton in their respective novels, Sorrow and Bliss and The Fogging. Full of spiky wit and vivid observation, Sorrow and Bliss looks back on a wrecked marriage. The Fogging documents a relationship breakdown with pathos, documenting with prickly precision the anxiety that plagues our protagonist. Chaired by Jo Case
01:00:27
March 23, 2021
AWW21 The Time of Our Lives - Robert Dessaix
Robert Dessaix’s new book is an essential companion for those pondering how to age well, and cogitating on what life is all about anyway. The Time of Our Lives: Growing Older Well posits that a rich inner life is key to both and enables readers to share in Robert’s sharp, expansive, witty exploration of his own inner world. Reflecting on time, religion, painting, dancing, family and more, this is a wise and timely exploration of the challenges and possibilities of ageing. Chaired by Chris Flynn
01:00:08
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Twilight Talks | Authorial Voice: Leaving It All on the Page
Join broadcaster, author, comedian and host of 2021’s all-Australian Authorial Voice Sami Shah as he talks to a panel who are comfortable Leaving It All on the Page. Rick Morton (My Year of Living Vulnerably, One Hundred Years of Dirt), Yves Rees (winner of the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize) and Jessie Tu (A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing) sit down with Sami to debate the challenges, liberation and excruciating vulnerability of mining your own life and self for your writing.
59:50
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Truganini - Ian Anderson and Cassandra Pybus
Liberated from the tropes of tragedy that have dominated previous accounts, Cassandra Pybus’ biography of Nuenonne woman Truganini finally does justice to this remarkable woman. Posthumously and falsely named “the Last Tasmanian Aboriginal”, Truganini is revealed to be a woman of great strength, resilience and agency, a renowned swimmer, nimble negotiator, lover of nature and children, and master of adaptation. Inspired by her own family’s connection to Nuenonne country, Cassandra is joined by Ian Anderson to discuss Truganini’s life and legacy. Chaired by Natasha Cica
01:00:25
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Twilight Talks | Unstable Ground
As the sun sets, the heat recedes and work is done for the day, the bar is open and the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden is the place to be as some of Writers’ Week favourite guests, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Robbie Arnott, Durkhanai Ayubi, Geoff Goodfellow, Andrew Kwong, Mirandi Riwoe and Nardi Simpson, embrace the informality of our Twilight Talks and reveal their unfiltered selves. An all-Australian, all-star line-up have ten minutes to contemplate their lives, passions, preoccupations and the hell of a year we’ve all just endured as they reflect on the challenge of trying to stay balanced while standing on Unstable Ground. Hosted by Jo Dyer, this event is a wonderful way to experience an overview of who and what Writers’ Week has to offer if you can't join us during the day.
01:10:24
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Watsonia - Don Watson
With wit, wisdom and endless curiosity, Don Watson has spent a lifetime writing on subjects as diverse as they are entertaining. This definitive anthology reveals the remarkable depth of his interests and erudition, with articles, essays and insights on subjects ranging from Australian humour, American politics, Don Bradman and Oscar Wilde. Speechwriter, humorist, biographer, lecturer, critic and provocateur, self-described accidental writer Don has traversed almost as many genres of writing as he has subjects: Watsonia: A Writing Life is a collection of his wide-ranging best. Chaired by Tom Wright
40:10
March 23, 2021
AWW21 What Are You Going Through? - Sigrid Nunez
Sigrid Nunez took twenty-five years to become an overnight success with her seventh book, the National Book Award winning The Friend, the story of a woman mourning the suicide of a close friend with the help of a Great Dane. Its narrator returns in her new book, What Are You Going Through? with another intimate spare story in which she helps her friend prepare for the end after a cancer diagnosis. A beautiful meditation on friendship, mortality and grief infused with generosity and wit. Chaired by Geordie Williamson
01:00:00
March 23, 2021
AWW21 The Rain Heron - Robbie Arnott
Robbie Arnott burst on to the literary scene with his gloriously imaginative debut, Flames, a novel of stylistic ingenuity that traversed genres with dense poetic prose. His new book The Rain Heron is similarly inventive, the story of a mythic bird with extraordinary powers, able to save and destroy the land, both hunted and protected by flawed humans. With lush lyrical language, The Rain Heron is at once ecological parable and thriller, and an audacious, immersive work from one of Australia’s most original new talents. Chaired by Jane Howard
55:26
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Whither Australian Leadership? - Katharine Murphy and Laura Tingle
Two of our most incisive political analysts examine the state of leadership in Australia. Drawing on their recent Quarterly Essays, Laura Tingle (Follow the Leader – Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman QE71 and The High Road: What Australia Can Learn from New Zealand QE80) and Katharine Murphy (The End of Certainty: Scott Morrison and Pandemic Politics QE79) explore whether #scottyfrommarketing offers more than photo opportunities, if Albo missed his moment, and what we want and should demand from those who would lead us. Chaired by Sharon Davis
01:06:42
March 23, 2021
AWW21 What Happens Next? - Emma Dawson, Richard Denniss and Gideon Haigh
Even before we emerged blinking from Iso and the year that was 2020, we started to ask, “What Happens Next?”. Executive Director of Per Capita Emma Dawson coedited an anthology with this title, exploring how we can ensure we learn the right lessons from the COVID crisis. She is joined by Chief Economist of the Australia Institute Richard Denniss and Gideon Haigh, whose book, The Momentous, Uneventful Day: a Requiem for the Office looks at the implications 2020’s flight from the office has had on our working lives. Chaired by Sharon Davis
01:04:33
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Witness: an Investigation into the Brutal Cost of Seeking Justice - Louise Milligan
Born of Louise Milligan’s own brutal experience as a witness in the Cardinal Pell case, Witness is at once a gripping, powerful, meticulously researched critique of our criminal justice system, and an eloquent and empathetic argument for change. Including the accounts of victims retraumatised by their courtroom experience alongside expert opinions and analysis from legal practitioners - including defence counsel, prosecutors, judges and academics - Witness lays bare the flaws of our adversarial system, and the devastating impact they can have on the delivery of justice. Chaired by Natasha Cica
01:00:43
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Women and Leadership - Julia Gillard
The message from Julia Gillard and her co-author, former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to young female aspirants to public life in Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons is “Be aware, not beware!”. Containing interviews with eight impressive world leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Christine Lagarde and Jacinda Ardern, and drawing on the results of research and global surveys conducted by Julia’s London-based Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, Women and Leadership provides an important and comprehensive analysis of the contemporary role of gender in access to and perceptions of leadership. Chaired by Jo Dyer
01:02:34
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Words and Worlds - Malcolm Knox and Jacqueline Maley
Malcolm Knox and Jacqueline Maley are highly respected journalists, each a recipient of Australian journalism’s highest honour, the Walkley Award.  But beyond the world of reporting, each has chosen to mine their imagination to great effect. Now with six novels to his name, Malcolm’s latest is Bluebird, an incisive satire on the Australian Dream, set amongst sand and surf and broken dreams, that once again demonstrates his mastery of contemporary realism. Jacqueline’s acclaimed debut novel is The Truth About Her¸ another slice of social realism that deals with the fallout from the suicide of a wellness blogger following a hard hitting expose by an investigative journalist. Chaired by Tali Lavi
59:14
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Middle & YA Day | Word Spy with Ursula Dubosarsky
Match wits with the Word Spy! Join the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2021, Ursula Dubosarsky (aka The Word Spy) for an entertaining quiz for children about the mysteries and wonders of WORDS and all things wordy. This is a recording, but... you can still play without cheating!
57:01
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Apeirogon - Colum McCann
Colum McCann’s profoundly moving masterpiece, Apeirogon, is based on a true story of a friendship between “An Israeli, against the Occupation. A Palestinian, studying the Holocaust.” United by the devastation of losing a daughter to political violence, Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan together tell their daughters’ stories over and over, to anyone that will listen, in an attempt to bring a peaceful resolution to the endless conflict. Colum’s radically empathetic novel is infused with both desperate hope and poetic power. Chaired by Sophie Cunningham
01:02:48
March 23, 2021
AWW21 All Our Shimmering Skies - Trent Dalton
Trent Dalton’s dazzling debut, Boy Swallows Universe, became the fastest selling Australian fiction debut ever, selling over half a million copies in Australia alone. His highly anticipated follow up, All Our Shimmering Skies, is set in Darwin in 1942 and is a sweeping mythological odyssey of love and adventure, magical and masterfully imaginative, populated by a Dickensian cast of finely drawn colourful characters, led by gravedigger’s daughter Molly Hook, a tenacious spirit as full of heart and hope as the novel she inhabits. Chaired by Anton Enus
01:06:07
March 23, 2021
AWW21 A Bigger Picture - Malcolm Turnbull
When Malcolm Turnbull became Prime Minister in September 2015, Australians of all political persuasion breathed a sigh of relief that the hyperpartisan chaos of the Abbott Administration was over. They forgave him the way he claimed the top job in a way they never did Julia Gillard. Three years and one knife-edge election later, he too was gone. Malcolm talks to Anthony Durkin about his journey to the top of Australian politics, what it is like to lead and to be so peremptorily dispatched, and what he makes of it all now. Chaired by Anthony Durkin
01:04:30
March 23, 2021
AWW21 A Room Made of Leaves - Kate Grenville
Kate Grenville’s latest novel A Room Made of Leaves continues the disruption of conventional colonial narratives that began with her acclaimed The Secret River. What if Elizabeth, wife of the colonial monster John Macarthur, left behind brutally frank secret memoirs, she asks? And they told the real story behind the myth of the 18th century wife? Playful and audacious, this astonishing literary achievement delves into history to examine the very contemporary issues of fake stories and hidden truths, and where stories originate. Chaired by Clare Wright
59:40
March 23, 2021
AWW21 The Tolstoy Estate with Steven Conte
Winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for his debut novel, The Zookeeper’s War, Steven Conte returns to World War II for his stunning new book, The Tolstoy Estate. It is 1941 and Hitler has repeated Napoleon’s fatal misstep of invading Russia. In winter. A German medical unit find themselves quartered at Yasnaya Polyana, the ancestral estate of Tolstoy, where surgeon Paul Bauer becomes enthralled by its Director and the legacy of the great Tolstoy that surrounds them. An epic, ambitious tale of love, war and literature. Chaired by Ashley Hay
01:00:38
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Benevolence - Julie Janson
Based on the oral histories of the Darug people, Julie Janson has said that her ambitious and illuminating new novel, Benevolence, was written as an Aboriginal response to The Secret River. Muraging – a character inspired by Julie’s own great-great-grandmother – is given over to the Native Institution as a pupil by her father, a “benevolent” institution providing Christian discipline and education, and thereby becomes the first person in the novel to be sacrificed to the good intentions of the waibala. Chaired by Caroline Baum
54:05
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Be The Change | Seeing it, Being it with Briggs
Musician, writer, author, activist, cultural commentator and all-round powerhouse, Briggs speaks truth to power in a myriad of poetic, hilarious, high impact ways. His latest project is a celebration of Aboriginal excellence, children’s book Our Home, Our Heartbeat. He talks about the many avenues of his activism, and the inspiration he provides for and draws from the next generation of Black leaders. Chaired by Karen Wyld
54:32
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Be The Change | Climate: Changing Minds and Taking Action with Rebecca Huntley and Jonica Newby
Rebecca Huntley (How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference) and Jonica Newby (Beyond Climate Grief) discuss ways to shake off ennui and/or exit the echo chamber to effect change on the most pressing issue of our time, the climate crisis. These two leading thinkers offer a way to move beyond our polarised debate and create understanding and incite action. Chaired by Linda Jaivin
01:02:41
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Be The Change | Finding Hope with Jess Scully
Developing a clear vision, a fairer world, a utopia, is done slowly, over time, with care, commitment, courage and creativity. Jess Scully has travelled the world, exploring the many ways people of imagination are grasping the mettle to reshape our world into a fairer and more sustainable place. How can we help? In Glimpses of Utopia, Jess counts the ways. Chaired by Hannah Critchlow
58:20
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Be The Change | Marshalling the Troops with Jean Hinchliffe and Sally Rugg
Effecting change can be hard, requiring effort, energy and organisation. Sally Rugg (How Powerful We Are) demonstrated all these, and no small degree of elan, when she assumed a leading role in the successful campaign for marriage equality. Jean Hinchliffe (Lead the Way) is following in her impressive footsteps as leader of the School Strikes 4 Climate. These two inspiring leaders discuss the power of taking action. Chaired by Sophie Cunningham
55:23
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Charismatic Crime Fighters - Chris Hammer and Emma Viskic
Australian crime writers are riding a wave of global success, consistently creating compelling and charismatic characters who investigate heinous crimes with tenacity and often dry humour. Emma Viskic’s celebrated Caleb Zelic series, featuring a Deaf, articulate, obstinate, brilliant outsider as the private investigator protagonist, launched in 2016 with Resurrection Bay, with the recent Darkness for Light the third in the series.  Chris Hammer’s debut Scrublands (2018) was a bestselling sensation, and his two follow up novels, Silver and Trust, all featuring the gritty and emotionally scarred journalist Martin Scarsden, have been equally acclaimed.   Emma and Chris talk to Cath Kenneally about crafting compelling protagonists, and the long-term commitment required to write a series.
01:00:35
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Coming of Age in the War on Terror - Randa Abdel-Fattah
The shocking image of planes smashing into the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001 was a defining moment in the modern era. We now have a generation – Muslim and non-Muslim – who have grown up in the shadow of the War on Terror, with its associated Islamophobia, surveillance and suspicion. In her ambitious, rigorous and deeply compassionate new book, Coming of Age in the War on Terror, Randa Abdel-Fattah hears from the young people most affected by our polarised politics, providing important insight into their resilience, humour and heartbreak. Chaired by Sami Shah
01:00:37
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance - Gabrielle Chan, Nardi Simpson and Clare Wright
Was 2020 a year of rupture that will change what we do with what we have? How will it impact on our ideas of access and abundance, of security and agency? How will it alter the way we think about resources – tangible and intangible; animal, vegetable, mineral, more? Contributors Nardi Simpson, Clare Wright and Gabrielle Chan explore new ideas of trade and exchange, sustainability and story, in Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance, in conversation with Editor Ashley Hay.
01:00:17
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Ghost Species - James Bradley
An Elon Musk-style billionaire persuades scientist Kate Larkin to join his secretive new project. Its ambitious aim is to re-engineer our collapsing climate by resurrecting long extinct species, including our closest human relatives, the Neanderthals. James Bradley’s Ghost Species is both a compulsive page-turner and book of big ideas: a deft examination of scientific, corporate and personal ethics in our endangered world and an intimate and affecting account of love, motherhood and what it means to be human. Chaired by Nicole Abadee
01:01:08
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Hamnet - Maggie O’Farrell
Maggie O’Farrell’s award-winning Hamnet gives us new and illuminating insight into Shakespeare and his masterpiece, and the family that nurtured him. Told from the perspective of Shakespeare’s wife, this devastatingly beautiful novel takes as its starting point the true fact of the death of their 11 year old son, Hamnet (a variant on the more familiar Hamlet), and from there weaves a deeply moving story of family, love and, most profoundly, of grief, and the paths we must navigate through them. Chaired by Anton Enus
01:00:54
March 23, 2021
AWW21 First Words
Join a stellar lineup of South Australian First Nations writers Mandy Brown, Ali Cobby Eckerman, Natalie Harkin, Dominic Guerrera, Steven Pappin, Celestine Rowe, and MC Edoardo Crismani, and experience the depth and power of language in verse. With celebrated award-winning poets and some of the best emerging voices, First Words is an unmissable event in spoken word performance. Presented by Writers SA
50:47
March 23, 2021
AWW21 City Series
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the iconic City Series and the publication of updated versions on our eight capital cities, this special double event chaired by the infinitely expert George Megalogenis examines what makes each of our cities special through the eyes of authors who love and know them. As we emerge from the Great Lockdowns of 2020, when we were forced to stay home, and individual State borders slammed shut one after the other, it seems particularly appropriate to look at the personality of each capital – their skylines, cultures, architecture, and natural surrounds – and explore how they have changed over the last decade, and how they shape, excite, attract or infuriate their residents. First we hear from Kerryn Goldsworthy (Adelaide), Sophie Cunningham (Melbourne), David Whish-Wilson (Perth) and Peter Timms (Hobart), and then Delia Falconer (Sydney), Matthew Condon (Brisbane), Paul Daley (Canberra) and Tess Lea (Darwin), before all authors return to the stage for questions from the audience and each other. Don’t miss this literary and cultural audit of the state of our cities, and their relationship to each other and the country. Chaired by George Megalogenis
01:56:05
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Hazel Rowley Address: Making Characters, Biography and Memoir - Jacqueline Kent
In this year’s lecture in memory of biographer Hazel Rowley, Jacqueline Kent, biographer of Vida Goldstein, Julia Gillard and Hephzibah Menuhin, turns the spotlight on herself and her brief but passionate relationship with Kenneth Cook, author of the novel Wake in Fright. Jacqueline discusses what happens when you become a character in your own story, and switch from describing others’ lives to tackle your own.
56:08
March 23, 2021
AWW21 A Burning with Megha Majumdar
Megha Majumdar’s electric novel, A Burning, is the taut, riveting tale of three individuals whose lives become entangled in the aftermath of an horrific terrorist attack in Kolkata. Each have ambitions for themselves – Jivan, clawing her way out of the slum in which she lives, Lovely, the hijra intent on becoming a star, and PT Sir, a PE teacher who stumbles into right-wing political activism. But after a careless Facebook post, Jivan finds herself caught up in India’s corrupt legal system and her life hangs in the balance. Chaired by Linda Jaivin
57:54
March 23, 2021
AWW21 How Much of These Hills is Gold? - C Pam Zhang
Compared by The New York Times to Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Steinbeck’s mighty The Grapes of Wrath, C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold? brilliantly reimagines both the American West and the Classic American Western. Longlisted for the Booker, it tells of Chinese American orphans Lucy and Sam’s quest through the Californian hills during the Gold Rush as they seek to bury the body of their father in a homeland that constantly tells them “this land is not your land.” Chaired by Mirandi Riwoe
51:39
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Hear me Roar! Slam Poetry Performance
Join us for a session of exhilarating and inspiring spoken word performance showcasing poets invigorating our local and national stages, including Australian Slam Poetry Champions Ren Alessandra and Jesse Oliver, SA standout Slammers Chris Jaksa and Olenka Toroshenko plus Sarah Jane Justice, Hadley and Rameen Hayat.
01:23:52
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Homeland Elegies - Ayad Akhtar
Described by Richard Flanagan as the “best American novel I’ve read in years”, Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s Homeland Elegies combines memoir and essay, fact and fiction to deliver a tour de force.  How, his narrator asks, can he “express the complex, often contradictory alchemy at work in translating experience into art?”.  This powerful, courageous and extraordinarily timely work is his answer, exploring not just the state of contemporary America in the Trump era, and the relationship between East and West, but searing questions of identity, family and art. Chaired by Ben Brooker
01:00:33
March 23, 2021
AW21 Hurricane Season - Fernanda Melchor
A savage, violent howl of a book by one of Mexico’s most exciting writers, Fernanda Melchor’s Hurricane Season explores the deep misogyny and femicide of her country. The murder of the town “witch” is the book’s tragic centre, around which swirls streams of brutal, mesmerising, illuminating prose, each chapter told from the perspective of a different but always unreliable narrator. Shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize, Hurricane Season is both a dark celebration of language and a powerful insight into a world of poverty, brutality and gore. Chaired by Clare Wright
57:48
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Infinite Splendours - Sofie Laguna
Gifted youngster Lawrence enjoys an idyllic childhood in regional Victoria, where he lives with his widowed mother and young brother at the foot of the Grampians. After taking his first painting class, he dives obsessively into an exhilarating world of light, colour and art, and thrives. But his world is shattered by the arrival of an interloper, and a devastating incident that follows. Sofie Laguna’s extraordinary and compassionate new book, Infinite Splendours, is a luminous and heartbreaking meditation on art, trauma, and innocence lost. Chaired by Linda Jaivin
01:00:34
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Future Awry with Patrick Allington and Dennis Glover
In Patrick Allington’s Rise & Shine, an environmental apocalypse has wiped out most of the population. Those that survive are nourished – literally – by the consumption of violent footage from the perpetual war waged between the two city-states of Rise and Shine. In Dennis Glover’s Factory 19, a Walshian figure leads a willing cohort back to the future to an enclave in Tasmania, where they search for happiness in an industrialised past. Both books offer surreal and darkly satirical takes on leadership, humanity and the common good. Chaired by Geordie Williamson
58:34
March 23, 2021
AWW21 First on the Scene - Benjamin Gilmour and Rachael Mead
What inner strength is required when your working day is filled with injury, death and despair? Rachael Mead and Benjamin Gilmour can tell us. In The Application of Pressure, novelist Rachael Mead introduces us to paramedics Tash and Joel as they traverse the streets of Adelaide in their ambulance, saving lives and lost souls. Benjamin Gilmour documents his own experience as a paramedic on the frontline, first at infamous Sydney suicide spot The Gap: A Paramedic’s Summer on the Edge, and then further afield in Paramedico: Around the World by Ambulance. Chaired by Victoria Purman
01:00:41
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Lateral Histories - Chris Flynn and Laura Elvery
Can works of fiction inform us more effectively than non-fiction? Chris Flynn and Laura Elvery’s audacious works illuminate history and offer critiques of today. Chris’s fantastical novel Mammoth is narrated by the fossilised remains of a 13,000 year old wise-cracking mammoth. Each of the twenty short stories in Laura Elvery’s collection Ordinary Matter is inspired by a Nobel Prize-winning female scientist. With their lateral approach to history, these unlikely starting points have resulted in richly rewarding and wildly imaginative outcomes. Chaired by Danielle Clode
59:27
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Land of Mates and Favours - Richard Denniss, Cameron Murray and Marian Wilkinson
Does Australia have a problem with rent-seekers, well-connected insiders who have their snouts firmly in the public trough, enriching themselves and their mates at the expense of the rest of us? Why is it that the majority of our Rich-Listers accrued their wealth from favourable treatment in heavily regulated industries? The Australia Institute’s Chief Economist Richard Denniss, co-author of Games of Mates (with Paul Frijters), Cameron Murray and Marian Wilkinson (The Carbon Club) examine the cosy club of political insiders and this particularly Australian way to make money. Chaired by Michael West
01:03:14
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Lost Women of History - Danielle Clode and Judith Hoare
When Danielle Clode set out to research In Search of the Woman Who Sailed the World, about the first woman to circumnavigate the earth, she discovered scant details of an impoverished French peasant who embarked on her voyage disguised as a man. Judith Hoare’s The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code is the overdue account of Australian Dr Claire Weekes, whose pioneering work on anxiety and depression still forms the basis of much contemporary treatment. Danielle and Judith reflect on these groundbreaking but overlooked women, and why women are written out of history. Chaired by Collette Snowden
56:53
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Julian Assange: The Most Dangerous Man in the World - Andrew Fowler
Updated to include contemporary events of 2020, Andrew Fowler’s account of Julian Assange’s rise and fall is a damning indictment of the lengths to which Western Governments will go to keep their secrets. As Assange languishes in London’s maximum security Belmarsh prison, in The Most Dangerous Man in the World: Julian Assange and Wikileaks’ Fight for Freedom, Andrew documents how a computer hacker with a turbulent childhood became a journalist and America’s Public Enemy No 1, facing up to 175 years in prison for revealing the truth about the business of Government. Chaired by Rebecca Huntley
01:00:15
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Know Her Place: The Philosophy of Misogyny and Male Entitlement - Kate Manne
Misogyny is the “law enforcement arm of patriarchy” that polices and punishes “bad women” who threaten male dominance, argues philosopher Kate Manne in Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women then outlined the illegitimate sense of entitlement that enables men to grasp power and authority for themselves, and demand emotional and physical care from women. Described as “the Simone de Beauvoir of the 21st Century”, Kate offers a radical new framework through which to understand misogyny. Chaired by Clare Wright
59:25
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Leading Lady: Lowitja's Legacy - Stuart Rintoul
Described by Noel Pearson as “the most outstanding Aboriginal leader of the contemporary era”, Lowitja O’Donoghue navigated an early life of loss, racism and servitude to become the first Chair of Australia’s best attempt to facilitate self-determination for its Indigenous peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. She was a lead negotiator on the Native Title Act with Paul Keating, who later called her a “leader with an unfailing instinct for enlargement”. Stuart Rintoul’s impressive, authorised biography of this important Australian leader is informed by meticulous research and a strong personal relationship with his subject. Chaired by Simone Tur
49:31
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Life After Truth - Ceridwen Dovey
Five old friends on the cusp of middle age meet at their fifteen year Harvard reunion and wonder if they’re wasting or realising their potential. And then their erstwhile classmate, the President’s much despised son, turns up dead. With razor sharp wit and focus, the hugely enjoyable Life After Truth explores friendship, parenthood, success and fame, as it examines how we narrate the stories of our lives, and the gap between our inner selves and the persona we present to the world. Chaired by Tali Lavi
57:39
March 23, 2021
AWW21 MUD Literary Prize: Pip Williams
Inaugurated by the passionate readers who comprise Adelaide’s MUD Literary Club – the only philanthropic organisation in the country exclusively supporting literature – the MUD Literary Prize has established an impressive pedigree over its short life. Founded in 2018 to celebrate a debut novel of literary fiction, past winners are Sarah Schmidt (See What I Have Done), Trent Dalton (Boy Swallows Universe) and Sienna Brown (Master of My Fate). Be the first to hear from the 2021 winner, Pip Williams, with her acclaimed bestseller The Dictionary of Lost Words, which expertly weaves the origin story of the Oxford Dictionary, an exploration of the cultural value placed on words, and themes of women’s suffrage and equality into an immensely satisfying whole. Chaired by David Sly
56:42
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Middle & YA Day | Little Quirks and Grand Passions with Poppy Nwosu
Poppy Nwosu’s quick-witted romantic comedies, Making Friends with Alice Dyson and Taking Down Evelyn Tait, romp through friendship and romance, with pitfalls cleared and life lessons learned along the way. Her delightfully quirky heroines ultimately embrace who they are – from little quirks like being captured viral-video-dancing with the school troublemaker, to grand passions like an obsession with music and tomato growing. Join Poppy Nwosu as she talks about stories, romance, and the importance of embracing and valuing who you really are … even if that person is kind of weird. Chaired by Kristy Fairlamb
52:31
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Mothers and Secrets - Katherine Tamiko Arguile and Victoria Hannan
In Katherine Tamiko Arguile’s beautifully melancholic The Things She Owned , a visit from her cousin leads Erika to make sense of her fraught relationship with her dead mother through a treasured collection of artefacts and memories. In Victoria Hannan’s Kokomo , Mina’s mother, Elaine, has secrets too, which draw Mina back home from London on an urgent mission as Elaine ventures out of the house for the first time since the death of her father twelve years ago. These impressive debuts are moving and insightful meditations on love, grief and the ties that bind. Chaired by Kate Mildenhall
57:13
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Middle & YA Day | New Realities with James Bradley, Jess Scully and Sean Williams
In a time of crisis what are the ways forward? What possibilities have been created by science, community and technology? A stellar line up of contemporary authors, including Sydney’s Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully (Glimpses of Utopia), James Bradley (The Ghost Species) and Sean Williams (Twinmaker) as they discuss visions of the future and imagine new realities.
56:17
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Middle & YA Day | R.A. Spratt's Super Sleuths
R.A. Spratt is on the case with her dual detecting series The Peski Kids and Friday Barnes: Girl Detective! Avid fans can follow the clues and investigate the evidence when R.A. joins us to disclose the inner workings of Currawong super sleuths Joe, Fin, April Peski and their partner in crime Loretta. Not to be outdone, the great powers of observation and superior mind of intrepid girl detective Friday Barnes will also be revealed.
32:19
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Middle & YA Day | Monuments Mash Up - Will Kostakis
Drawing on his Greek heritage, Will Kostakis subverts the norm with the duology Monuments and Rebel Gods juxtaposing contemporary Sydney teenagers, with ancient gods and time slips. Hear Will reflect on his influences and ideas when writing this “page-turning adventure fiction peppered with humour, romance and high- stakes.” (Sydney Morning Herald)
56:48
March 23, 2021
AWW21 One Bright Moon - Andrew Kwong
Andrew Kwong’s quietly gripping memoir takes us deep into Maoist China and the stark human cost of the Great Leap Forward. With parents from the intellectual class, Andrew’s innocence, optimism and love of the Communist Party is undercut by the persecution his family suffers under Mao’s regime. One Bright Moon is a powerful account of resilience, family and starting anew, as, after years of struggle, Andrew makes a daring escape to ultimately become a doctor in Australia, from where he works to reunite his family. Chaired by Gabrielle Chan
01:01:09
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women - Christina Lamb
“Rape”, writes Christina Lamb, one of the world’s foremost war correspondents who has worked in war and combat zones for over thirty years, “is the cheapest weapon known to man.” In her latest harrowing and profoundly moving book, Our Bodies, Their Battlefields: What War Does to Women, Christina documents the terrible crimes committed against women as an instrument of war. With its sensitive interviews with contemporary victims across many countries, and tenacious and empathetic reporting, Our Bodies, Their Battlefields writes women into the history of war. Chaired by Laura Grenfell
54:52
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Parwana: Becoming an Adelaide Icon - Durkhanai Ayubi
Parwana Afghan Kitchen opened in Adelaide in 2009 with a vision to share Afghan cuisine and culture. It swiftly became a beloved part of the city, attracting national acclaim for its food and welcoming atmosphere. In Parwana: Recipes and Stories from an Afghan Kitchen, Durkhanai Ayubi tells of her family’s journey from Afghanistan to Adelaide. Her mother’s recipes are interwoven with vivid stories of a homeland of rich histories, generous hospitality, and the celebration of the ritual of preparing and sharing food. Chaired by Collette Snowden
51:55
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Phosphorescence - Julia Baird
After writing her best-selling book, Phosphorescence: On Awe, Wonder and Things That Sustain You When The World Goes Dark, Julia Baird said she hoped it would prove useful to “a few people going through an ‘In the Case of Emergency, Smash Glass’ kind of moment.” And then 2020 happened, and the world went dark for everyone. Part memoir, part cultural commentary, this intimate and inspiring book exhorts us to “reach for those tiny moments of stillness” as we search for the light within. Chaired by Nicole Abadee
59:37
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Quivering on the Cusp - Naoise Dolan and Jessie Tu
Naoise Dolan and Jessie Tu were responsible for two of the most bracing, exciting debuts of 2020. Naoise’s Exciting Times and Jessie’s A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing are witty, bold accounts of the power dynamics of sex and relationships in the twenty-first century, with heroines that deadpan their way through relationships – transactional, erotic and romantic – as they navigate love, vulnerability and ambition and muster the courage to find their true selves. Chaired by Jo Case
59:09
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Reading: Immersion and Inspiration - Debra Adelaide and Tegan Bennett Daylight
Debra Adelaide and Tegan Bennett Daylight have lived their lives immersed in books – as writers, editors, critics, teachers and, most importantly, as readers. In Debra’s The Innocent Reader: Reflections on Reading and Writing and Tegan’s The Details: On Love, Death and Reading, they reflect with candour and generosity on their love of reading, and the joy and fulfillment it offers them, exploring the deep emotional connection they have forged with the written word and the worlds it can contain.
59:59
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Poetry Reading - G. Goodfellow, J. Janson, N. Simpson and J. Tu
Join Peter Goldsworthy for an hour of poetry reading, featuring a line-up of celebrated poets drawn from Writers’ Week guests and South Australia’s vast pool of poetic talent. Including Julie Janson, Jessie Tu, Nardi Simpson and Adelaide’s own legendary street poet, Geoff Goodfellow.
01:01:26
March 23, 2021
AWW Reframing the Classics - Natalie Haynes
With her acclaimed BBC radio series just commissioned for a seventh series, broadcaster, author, stand up comedian and classicist Natalie Haynes is celebrated for taking those pillars of our cultural understanding, the Greek myths, and retelling them from the female perspective. Her novel, A Thousand Ships, centres Creusa’s experience of the Trojan War and in her most recent book, the eloquent and witty essay collection Pandora’s Jar, Natalie “gives voice to the women, girls and goddesses who, for so long, have been silent.” Chaired by Tom Wright
01:01:33
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Riding the Wave - Vivian Pham and Andrew Pippos
In Andrew Pippos’ lively debut Lucky’s, his eponymous soldier stays in Sydney after World War II to forge a life amongst the Greek diaspora and the homey diners they establish on each corner, to which he adds with a string of initially successful franchises. The Coconut Children is an evocative coming of age story of a schoolgirl and a community, written in and about contemporary Cabramatta by the prodigiously talented 19 year-old Vivian Pham. These compelling, vibrant stories remind us how Australia is shaped and lifted by the waves of immigration that reach our shores. Chaired by Lur Alghurabi
01:01:15
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Shifting Perspectives - Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Mirandi Riwoe
In Mirandi Riwoe’s award-winning Stone Sky Gold Mountain, we experience Australia’s Gold Rush through the eyes of Chinese immigrants Ying and Lai Yue as family circumstances force the two siblings to seek their fortune far from home. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s The Mountains Sing recounts Vietnam’s dark history of colonialism and war from the perspective of its people rather than its invaders. These illuminating and engaging novels provide new perspectives on familiar stories in ways as refreshing as they are important. Chaired by Yves Rees
59:38
March 23, 2021
AWW21 (Re)Launch: Live and Local!
Across the COVID-plagued year that was 2020, many of the great South Australian authors featured at this year’s Writers’ Week had to pivot to online launches, with celebratory glasses raised only virtually and individually as their books began their journeys in the world. The Zoom launch was a useful substitute… but not quite the same. To compensate in some small way, we invite you to celebrate the wonderful array of South Australian books that missed out on in-person launches in 2020, as we re-launch 8 great works from 8 fantastic local authors from this year’s Writers’ Week program. From memoir, to debut novels, to sly satire, to magic realism, to investigative reporting and more – help give this diverse and compelling range of books their moment in the spotlight by joining us for (Re)launch: Live and Local! as we shake our fist at Covid and 2020 and celebrate great South Australian writing – in person!
01:24:43
March 23, 2021
AWW21 The Business of Being a Writer - A Day in the Life of a Writer & Bookseller
How much work does a bestselling author need to do to promote their book? What do they wish they had known about promotion that they have learned along the way? What exactly is it that a bookseller does? And how can new writers forge a great relationship with their local, busy bookseller to aid in the promotion of their book? Get behind the scenes and behind the counter with bestselling author Craig Silvey and Dymocks and Imprints booksellers Mandy Macky and Jason Lake. Hosted by Georgia Richter The Business of Being a Writer is presented in partnership with Fremantle Press.
59:13
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Show Me Where it Hurts: Living with Invisible Illness - Kylie Maslen
Shortlisted for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Kylie Maslen’s Show Me Where It Hurts explores the impact of chronic illness on the lives of sufferers, and is marked by its eloquence, candour and generosity.  Drawing on her own life and illness, Kylie documents the experience of living with pain with humour and courage, detailing its impact across such areas as housing, dating and work, and building her readers’ understanding through pop cultural references ranging from Frida Kahlo to Sally Rooney to Sponge Bob Squarepants. Chaired by Jane Howard
01:01:02
March 23, 2021
AWW21 The Believer - Sarah Krasnostein
Sarah Krasnostein’s first book, The Trauma Cleaner, was a runaway bestseller and swept literary prizes nationally. Her new book is The Believer, an exploration of the power of belief. In it, she listens to the “human song of longing for the unattainable”, with each note in the song a story of unshakeable and often unfathomable faith. The stories are told to her by six extraordinary individuals – including Death Doulas, Ghostbusters, Creationists and survivors of domestic violence – individuals Sarah meets, follows, interrogates and seeks to understand in this profound and deeply compassionate book. Chaired by Rebecca Huntley
51:31
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Suburban Dreaming - Geoff Goodfellow and Christopher Raja
The suburb looms large in the physical and imaginary landscape of this country, a loaded repository of hopes and aspirations. In his long anticipated memoir, Out of Copley Street: A Working Class Boyhood, Geoff Goodfellow deploys clear lucid prose to describe the South Australian suburbs that forged him. Christopher Raja was eleven when he settled in the Melbourne suburbs, a world away from the teeming streets of Kolkata from whence he came. He describes the culture shock and the life he built in Into the Suburbs: A Migrant’s Story. Chaired by Royce Kurmelovs
01:01:39
March 23, 2021
AWW21 The Business of Being a Writer - On The Road to Publication
When is a manuscript ready to submit? Do you need an agent or should you go straight to the publisher? How to best present your work and choose the destination for submission? And how do you make yourself stand out in the pack? Get insider tips from agents and publishers on preparing your manuscript for publication with agent and publicist Brendan Fredericks, publishers Michael Bollen (Wakefield Press) and Lex Hirst (Pantera Press), and author David Whish-Wilson. Hosted by Georgia Richter The Business of Being a Writer is presented in partnership with Fremantle Press.
59:15
March 23, 2021
AWW21 Saving Lives, One Choice at a Time - Christine Jackman and Rick Morton
What changes do we need to make in our lives to get the lives we want to live? Spurred by a sense of something lacking in their own lives, Rick Morton and Christine Jackman step out of their comfort zones to find out. In My Year of Living Vulnerably, Rick Morton describes his journey into love after a diagnosis of Complex PTSD. Despite its outward trappings of success, Christine Jackman’s life felt off kilter and unrewarding. She recounts her efforts to reclaim peace in Turning Down the Noise: The Quiet Power of Silence in a Busy World. Chaired by Natasha Cica
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March 23, 2021