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Adelaide Writers’ Week 2019: Telling Truths

In a world where events pass by at breakneck speed, Adelaide Writers’ Week seeks to create the space for reflection and contemplation, for considered debate and thoughtful discussion on this year’s theme Telling Truths.  Our aim is to curate a program that can deliver smart, singular, subjective truths to you from an impressive line-up of interesting, erudite and insightful authors.

We hope you can join us.

The centrepiece of our program is six days of free sessions in the idyllic outdoor setting of the Pioneer Women’s Gardens, including a weekend of younger readers and a new Twilight program. Explore the exciting list of authors below.

This year we also launch the Writers’ Week Opening Address at the Palais on Thursday 28 February and the Zeitgeist Series in Elder Hall on Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 March.

The full program will be announced on 29 January 2019. Follow the new Adelaide Writers’ Week page on Facebook to keep in touch.



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Sohaila Abdulali


Sohaila Abdulali most recent book is What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape.  Now based in New York, she was born in Bombay.

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Stephanie Bishop


Stephanie Bishop is the award-winning Australian author of Man Out of Time, the highly anticipated follow up to her acclaimed novel The Other Side of the World.

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Paul Bloom


Paul Bloom is Professor of Psychology at Yale University, the author of Against Empathy: A Case for Rational Compassion, and an internationally recognised expert on the psychology of language, social reasoning, morality and art.  

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Bob Carr


Bob Carr is best known for his political service but more recently enjoys a distinguished second career as an author and academic and is currently the Director of the Australia–China Relations Institute at UTS.

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Soraya Chemaly


Soraya Chemaly is a writer, activist and Director of the New York-based Women’s Media Center Speech Project.  She is the author of Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger.

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Peter Cochrane


Peter Cochrane is one of Australia’s leading writers on war, most recently Best We Forget: The War for White Australia 1914-18. 

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Trent Dalton


Trent Dalton is a Walkley Award-winning journalist for The Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. Boy Swallows Universe is his first book.

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Megan Davis


Professor Megan Davis is an Aboriginal leader, activist, academic, writer and lawyer.

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Esi Edugyan


Esi Edugyan's new novel Washington Black was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, as was her previous novel, the award-winning Half Blood Blues.  She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Kassem Eid


Kassem Eid is a Syrian refugee, human rights activist, writer and author of the memoir My Country.

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Carolin Emcke


Carolin Emcke is a German war correspondent, public intellectual and author.  How We Desire is her first book to be translated into English.

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Future D Fidel


Future D. Fidel spent eight years in a refugee camp in Tanzania before being accepted as a refugee in Australia.  His debut play Prize Fighter premiered in 2015 before he adapted it into a novel in 2018.

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Sujatha Gidla


Sujatha Gidla was born in India and moved to New York aged 26.  The personal history Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India is her first book.

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Mohammed Hanif


Born in Okara, Pakistan, Mohammed Hanif is a graduate of the Pakistan Air Force Academy, journalist and writer. His first novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes won the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book and his most recent is Red Birds.

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Jane Harper


Jane Harper is the author of the international bestsellers The Dry and Force of Nature.  Her most recent book is The Lost Man.

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Chloe Hooper


Chloe Hooper’s is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, including the acclaimed The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island.  Her new book is The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire.

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Gail Jones


Gail Jones is the award-winning author of seven novels and two collections of stories and one of Australia’s most celebrated writers.  Her new book is The Death of Noah Glass.

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Birgitta Jónsdóttir


Birgitta Jónsdóttir is an Icelandic politician, anarchist, poet, and activist.

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Jing-Jing Lee


Jing-Jing Lee was born and raised in Singapore and now lives in Amsterdam. Her poetry and short stories have been published in various journals and anthologies; How We Disappeared is her first novel.

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Melissa Lucashenko


Melissa Lucashenko is a multi-award winning Goorie writer who writes passionately about ordinary people and the extraordinary lives they lead.  Her new book is Too Much Lip.

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Bruno Maçães


Bruno Maçães was the Portuguese Europe Minister from 2013-2015, and is a strategist and academic. He is the author of The Dawn of Eurasia and the forthcoming Belt and Road: The Sinews of Chinese Power.

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Will Mackin


A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Will Mackin served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bring Out The Dog is his first collection of short stories.

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Nancy MacLean


Nancy MacLean is an award-winning author and the William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University.  Her most recent book is Democracy in Chains.

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Ndaba Mandela


Ndaba Mandela is the grandson of Nelson Mandela and co-founder and co-chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation.  He is the author of Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from my Grandfather.

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Maeve Marsden


Maeve Marsden is a writer, director, producer and performer. Her anthology Queerstories is a collection of stories from her celebrated storytelling live events.

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George Megalogenis


George Megalogenis is an award-winning author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media.  His most recent book is The Football Solution, a paean to his beloved Richmond Football Club.

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Andrew Miller


Andrew Miller's novels have been published in twenty countries and have won and been shortlisted for most major international awards.   His new novel is Now We Shall Be Entirely Free.

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Margaret Morgan


Margaret Morgan has written for the stage and screen and practised as a criminal lawyer.  The Second Cure is her debut novel.

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Sisonke Msimang


Sisonke Msimang was born in exile to South African parents and raised in Zambia, Kenya and Canada before studying in the US. Her family returned to South Africa after the abolition of apartheid and she now lives in Perth, Australia.  Always Another Country is her first book.

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Bob Murphy


Bob Murphy played for the Western Bulldogs for 17 years and was their captain for 3. Murphy has written regularly for The Age, and his first book was Murphy’s Lore.  His new book is Leather Soul.

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Alice Nelson


Alice Nelson was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists for her first novel, The Last Sky. Her new book is The Children’s House.

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Mads Peder Nordbo


Mads Peder Nordbo is a Danish author of five novels, now based in Greenland.  His two latest books have been published in eighteen languages; The Girl Without Skin is the first to be published in English.

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Patrick Nunn


Patrick Nunn holds a research professorship at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2014. He has written several books, the most recent of which is The Edge of Memory.

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Ben Okri


Ben Okri is an author, poet and Man Booker Prize winner for The Famished Road. His work has been translated into 27 languages and won numerous international prizes. His most recent book is The Freedom Artist.

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Lucia Osborne-Crowley


Lucia Osborne-Crowley is a writer, journalist, and researcher in constitutional and human rights law.  Her first book, I Choose Elena, based on her celebrated Meanjin essay, will be published in 2019.

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Lyndall Ryan


Lyndall Ryan is one of Australia’s most respected historians of Indigenous Australia.  Her book Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre, co-edited with Jane Lydon, was published in June 2018 to mark the 180th anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre.

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Ahmed Saadawi


Ahmed Saadawi is an Iraqi novelist, poet, screenwriter and filmmaker based in Baghdad. His book Frankenstein in Baghdad was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize and won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

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Amy Sackville


Amy Sackville’s first novel The Still Point was longlisted for the Orange Prize and won the 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and her second, Orkney, won the 2014 Somerset Maugham Award.  Her new book is Painter to the King.

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Leigh Sales


Leigh Sales is one of Australia’s most respected journalists and anchors the ABC’s 7.30.  She is the winner of two Walkley Awards, author of three books including Any Ordinary Day, and co-host of the podcast Chat 10, Looks 3 with Annabel Crabb.

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Preti Taneja


Preti Taneja's novel WE THAT ARE YOUNG won the 2018 Desmond Elliot Prize for the year’s best debut. She teaches writing in prison and universities and works in human rights, including in the UK, Middle East, Kosovo and Kashmir.

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Joelle Taylor


Joelle Taylor is a poet, spoken word artist, playwright and novelist. She is a former UK slam champion and founder and artistic director of the Poetry Society’s national solo youth slam SLAMbassadors UK.

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Gillian Triggs


Professor Gillian Triggs served as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012 to 2017.  Her new memoir is Speaking Up.

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Maria Tumarkin


Maria Tumarkin is one of Australia’s most foremost writers of creative non-fiction.  She is an acclaimed author, teacher and cultural historian whose most recent book is Axiomatic.

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Marlene van Nierkerk


Marlene van Niekerk was the first South African author to be shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize and is best known for her award-winning novels Triomf and The Way of Women.

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Adam Wakeling


Adam Wakeling is an historian, legal researcher and author of two books including the recently published account of the Pacific War Crime trials after World War Two, Stern Justice.

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Toby Walsh


Toby Walsh is one of the world’s leading researchers in Artificial Intelligence. He is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW and his new book is 2062: The World That Made AI.

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Clare Wright


Dr Clare Wright is an award-winning historian and author.  Her book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize and her most recent book is You Daughters of Freedom, about the Australian suffragette movement.

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Markus Zusak


Markus Zusak is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief.  His much-anticipated new novel, Bridge of Clay, was published in October 2018.