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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. 

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.

Follow the new Adelaide Writers’ Week page on Facebook to keep in touch.

 

PRESENTING PARTNERS

Australia Council for the Arts
Channel 9
Walford Anglican School for Girls
Featured in the Don Dunstan Social Change Guide

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Speaking Up

Gillian Triggs

As President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Gillian Triggs embodied grace under pressure as she came under increasingly hysterical criticism for her unflinching advocacy of the victims of Australia’s human rights abrogations.  Her memoir Speaking Up offers a lucid account of her time in the line of fire, and a compelling critique of those who seek to dodge both our international obligations and scrutiny of the consequences. Chair: Rick Sarre LISTEN TO THE PODCAST  


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Navigating Darkness

Stephanie Bishop & Carrie Tiffany

In Stephanie Bishop’s Man Out of Time, Stella carefully navigates through her father’s mental illness, living in a world of constant unease.  In Exploded View, Carrie Tiffany tells of a young girl whose life fills with violent risk when her mother moves her new boyfriend into the family home.  These taut novels of dread and darkness are written with exemplary control and spare beauty by two of Australia’s most accomplished novelists. Chair: Angela Savage LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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My Country: A Syrian Memory

Kassem Eid

While compatriots took up arms against the army of Bashar al-Assad, Palestinian Syrian Kassem Eid resolved to make his contribution via journalism and advocacy.  The Government’s chemical attack on the people of Ghouta changed that. Kassem’s haunting eyewitness account of al-Assad’s Sarin gas attack in August 2013 was published by The New York Times and spawned his powerful memoir, My Country, a condemnation of a brutal war and a world that tolerated it. Chair: Jon Jureidini   Supported by Goethe Institut Australia LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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My Sister the Serial Killer

Oyinkan Braithwaite

Korede’s sister’s boyfriends have a nasty habit of ending up dead, and Korede is soon a reluctant expert at stain removal and body disposal. But when Ayoola starts dating a man Korede is in love with, Korede must decide who she wants to protect. My Sister the Serial Killer is a deadpan delight: a sharp, witty thriller about secrets and sisterhood and one of most emphatic and exhilarating debuts of recent times. Chair: Farrin Foster LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

An endearing young boy endures the horrors of an enslaved life in 19th Century Barbados.  A picaresque turn of events leads to beguiling adventures as our eponymous hero navigates freedom, friendship and loss. Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Canada’s best work of fiction, Washington Black is a powerful meditation on freedom and slavery and an exhilarating, engrossing read. Chair: Geordie Williamson   Supported by Canada Council LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Life Writing: Stories from the Self

Future D Fidel & Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor and Future D. Fidel each obeyed the edict that writers should write what they know. Future’s play Prize Fighter was a nationwide hit before he adapted it into a novel. Joelle’s poetry has been described as fearless, linguistic risk-taking. They have used their life stories to tell potent, passionate tales. Chair: Collette Snowden LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Freedom Artist

Ben Okri

Man Booker prizewinner Ben Okri is renowned for writing that is both poetic and profound. He speaks of storytelling as a transformative act of great mystery and inspiration, of stories possessing a rare power. He challenges us as readers to imagine and then reimagine the world.  Ben’s major new novel, The Freedom Artist, is a powerful call to arms: a searing examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth world. Chair: Claire Nichols LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Talking Sideways

Reg Dodd & Malcolm McKinnon

Reg Dodd is an Arabunna Elder who grew up at Finniss Springs, bordering Lake Eyre. Malcolm McKinnon is his long-time friend. Their ongoing conversation has led to Talking Sideways, a book about culture, knowledge and place, full of engrossing stories and fascinating people.  Warm and enlightening, Talking Sideways is a story of the shared, complicated history of Black and White Australia and a generous extension of Reg’s lifelong conversation to bridge the cultural divide between the two. Chair: Jared Thomas LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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A Memoir

Kerry O'Brien

Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most decorated and respected journalists. In his compelling new memoir, Kerry documents, probes and illuminates the social and political upheavals of our time. He writes of a life spent holding the powerful to account, reflecting with wit and insight on how he bore witness to some of Australia’s most significant historical moments. Chair: David Marr LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Fragments

Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan’s The Fragments is a treat for booklovers. A literary thriller, The Fragments draws us into the life of reader and bookseller Caddie in the dying days of the Bjelke-Petersen era, and Pennsylvanian farm-girl Rachel, who runs away to New York in the 1930s to reinvent herself. Linked by the Harper Lee-esque Inga Karlson and her lost second novel, this witty page-turner is a hugely satisfying book about books and those that love them. Chair: Cath Kenneally LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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A League of Our Own

George Megalogenis & Bob Murphy

The Western Bulldogs’ fairytale 2016 was a distant memory by the time Richmond raised the trophy in 2017. Both would rather forget 2018. Legendary Bulldogs’ Captain Bob Murphy and Richmond tragic George Megalogenis discuss the highs and lows of an AFL-suffused life, as detailed in Bob’s entertaining memoir Leather Soul, and consider the unexpected thesis of George’s The Football Solution: that Richmond’s 2017 premiership could help save Australia. Chair: Tom Wright LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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An Open Book

David Malouf

David Malouf is one of Australia’s greatest and most beloved writers and author of some of our most celebrated novels. His new book, however, is a potent reminder that he began his writing life as a poet. An Open Book is a vital, evocative and moving collection, revisiting themes that have preoccupied him across his impressive career with insight and affection. Join David for a wonderful contemplation on love, loss, mortality and memory. Chair: Peter Rose LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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How We Disappeared

Jing-Jing Lee

In Jing-Jing Lee’s moving account of the misnamed “Comfort Women” of WWII, we follow Wang Di in the present day, as she mourns the death of her husband, and in the 1940s, as she is ripped from her family and incarcerated as a sex slave by the invading Japanese.  A searing story of the impact of trauma and shame, How We Disappeared is a beautiful testament to the power of quiet steadfast love. Chair: Lur Alghurabi LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Woo's Wonderful World of Maths

Eddie Woo

Eddie Woo is Australia’s most unlikely mega-celebrity. Eponymous star of his skyrocketing YouTube channel, Wootube, Eddie is an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher who has singlehandedly made maths fun for a new generation of students.  “Maths is play, maths is exploration, and maths is a story”, he says. His growing collection of teaching awards and the rockstar welcome he gets everywhere he goes suggests people are listening to his message. Chair: Carl Smith LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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How We Desire

Carolin Emcke

Award-winning journalist, war correspondent, philosopher and author Carolin Emcke is one of Germany’s most accomplished and admired intellectuals. One of the most determined voices denouncing hatred and speaking out in support of minority rights, How We Desire is her first book to be translated into English. Part memoir, part philosophy of sexuality, it is an hypnotic exploration of gender, desire and love from one of Europe’s most bracing minds. Chair: Jennifer Mills   Supported by Goethe Institut Australia LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Run For Your Life

Hon. Bob Carr

Instructed by then ALP National Secretary Stephen Loosley to read the sports pages for an hour each week, Bob Carr reflected, “If this was the price of political success, it was too high”.  Never a standard politician, like Diary of a Foreign Minister before it, Bob’s Run for Your Life is no standard political memoir.  Candid, witty and full of wildly entertaining anecdotes, it is the welcome next instalment of Bob’s political writings. Chair: Dave Penberthy LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Any Ordinary Day

Leigh Sales

When Leigh Sales experienced a terrible, no good, horrible, very bad year, she was moved to examine how vulnerable we all are to life-changing events, and what happens thereafter. When the worst happens, what comes next? Featuring interviews with some of Australia’s best-known and most resilient survivors, Any Ordinary Day picks up the story when the media has moved on, when individual trauma becomes yesterday’s news. Chair: George Megalogenis LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Allure of Magic

Jan Golembiewski & John Zubrzycki

What do we mean by magic?  And what is it that draws humans so inexorably to the idea of it?  John Zubrzycki and Jan Golembiewski approach magic from different perspectives but both explore humanity’s need to step into the unknown and embrace a sense of deep wonder.  John’s The Empire of Enchantment studies the role magic has played in Indian culture across centuries.  Jan went on his own personal adventure to find magic in Africa. Chair: Michael Williams LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Gleefully Wicked Women

Oyinkan Braithwaite & Annaleese Jochems

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s deliciously disturbing creations Ayoola and Korede cover up murderous crimes with amoral abandon. Annaleese Jochems’ Cynthia is a memorable monster whose obsession has fatal consequences she casually shrugs off. Their books My Sister the Serial Killer and Baby are gleeful taut thrillers with humour asblack as tar. Chair: Victoria Purman LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Leading From The Edge

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, George Megalogenis & Fiona Patten

In a world seemingly bereft of strong leadership, a phenomenon has emerged of individuals successfully progressing political agendas in surprising and lateral ways. Co-founder of Iceland’s Pirate Party, accidental politician and activist Birgitta Jónsdóttir and Australia’s Reason Party Leader and member of Victoria’s Legislative Council Fiona Patten found ways to advance their agendas without parliamentary majorities. They are joined by Australia’s Explainer-in-Chief George Megalogenis to analyse this creative and increasingly common political trend. Chair: Gabrielle Chan LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Nine Pints and Other Stories

Rose George

It can save us or kill us; it is revered and feared across the globe; it is the world’s most valuable liquid, and nine pints of it are in us all.  Rose George’s Nine Pints, is a fascinating and unexpected odyssey through the science and culture of blood.  From the economics of blood donorship, to the fight against HIV, to the rediscovery of the medical leech, blood, Rose argues, is always political. Chair: Robyn Williams LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

Andrew Miller

Costa Award-winning author Andrew Miller returns to Adelaide with Now We Shall Be Entirely Free. Following a disastrous campaign against Napoleon’s soldiers in Spain, aBritish solider comes home to recover. As his body heals, his mind does not, and, instead of returning to his battalion, he embarks on a journey in search of peace, that becomes a terrifying fight to the death. A deeply satisfying combination of compelling characters, lush language and rollicking story. Chair: Michael Williams LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Diasporic Dreaming: India from Afar

Sohaila Abdulali, Sujatha Gidla & Preti Taneja

For many Australians, India is a place of great fascination, but also of mystery. Using very different forms, three authors of Indian heritage have written compelling accounts of life in India. Sujatha Gidla’s personal history and memoir, Preti Taneja’s meticulously researched epic novel and Sohaila Abdulali’s pointed essays on gender relations each deliver fantastic insight into contemporary India and the dramatic inequality with which it still grapples. Chair: John Zubrzycki LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Writing the Holocaust

Morris Gleitzman, Bram Presser & Maria Tumarkin

As survivors of the 20th Century’s greatest crime slowly slip away, accounts of the Holocaust are critical to ensure its memory stays alive. Bram Presser’s The Book of Dirt has been celebrated for its delicate weaving of history and myth. Maria Tumarkin writes the stories of survivors struggling to communicate the gaping horror of the Holocaust to complacent Australians.  Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman’s acclaimed Once series movingly introduces younger readers to its trauma. Chair: Tali Lavi LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Red Birds

Mohammed Hanif

Described as the foremost observer of Pakistan’s contradictions and absurdities, Mohammed Hanif was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his debut novel, The Case of the Exploding Mangoes.  His new book Red Birds is an incisive satire of US foreign policy - its never-ending wars in, and wanton destruction of, the Middle East. Wildly audacious, darkly comic and uncompromising, Red Birds is a Catch 22 for our time. Chair: Claire Nichols LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Dawn of Eurasia

Bruno Maçães

In his unique blend of history, diplomacy and vivid tales from his overland journey across Europe and Asia, in The Dawn of Eurasia, Portugal’s former Minister for Europe, Bruno Maçães, argues that the best word for the emerging global order is Eurasian.  With the publication of his new book, Belt and Road, Maçães reveals himself to be one of the most original and perceptive thinkers on the world’s shifting geopolitics. Chair: Deb Whitmont LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Painter to the King

Amy Sackville

Acclaimed novelist Amy Sackville is hailed for her rich, rhapsodic language.  Reminiscent of the work of Hillary Mantel, Painter to the King is a dense and immersive account of the life and times of the great Baroque painter Diego Velázquez in the court of Spain’s King Philip IV. Sumptuous and stylish, Sackville brilliantly evokes Velázquez’s genius and the torment of an artist ensnared in a web of courtly power. Chair: Jo Case LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Queerstories

Guests include Teddy Dunn, Victoria Falconer, Melissa Lucashenko, Rick Morton & Joelle Taylor

“There’s more to being queer than coming out and getting married.” Maeve Marsden’s Queerstories events are passionately supported around the country and make their overdue Adelaide debut at Writers’ Week. Queerstories invites a diverse line-up of LGBTQI+ writers to the stage to share an unexpected tale - a reflection on pride, prejudice, love and laughter; on battles fought and lives well lived. Host: Maeve Marsden LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Unreliable Narrators

Annaleese Jochems & J P Pomare

Poe’s William Wilson.  Nabokov’s Humbert Humbert.  J. D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield.  Unreliable narrators are unsettling guides through the stories they tell, fooling themselves, others, their readers or a combination of the three.  J.P. Pomare’s disturbing page-turner Call Me Evie and Annaleese Jochems’ obsession-fueled Baby feature discomfiting and unstable narrators, who distort and refract the truth, filling readers with enjoyably compulsive doubt as their tales progress.  Chair: Geordie Williamson LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The World Was Whole

Fiona Wright

The World Was Whole is Fiona Wright’s follow-up to her award-winning 2015 essay collection, Small Acts of Disappearance.  Shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for poetry for Domestic Interior, Fiona is one of Australia’s most lucid writers on interiority and self, concerned with the small moments of life and the spaces we inhabit. A deft blend of memoir, social commentary, essay and poetry, Fiona’s writing is elegant, incisive and profoundly empathetic. Chair: Farrin Foster   Fiona Wright is supported by the Prime Minister’s Literary Award LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Out Of Sight

Kassem Eid & Nazanin Sahamizadeh

Kassem Eid’s memoir My Country tells of the oppression and brutal violence taking place in Syria while the world pays no heed. Nazanin Sahamizadeh’s play Manus follows eight Iranian refugees - including award-winning author Behrouz Boochani and the murdered Reza Barati – as they leave Iran in search of safety only to end up in the Australian camps of Manus Island, far from scrutiny. Kassem and Nazanin urgently remind us of ongoing, preventable suffering taking place across the world and in our backyard, ignored and out of sight. Chair: Linda Jaivin   Kassem Eid supported by Goethe Institut Australia LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India

Sujatha Gidla

“My stories, my family’s stories, were not stories in India. They were just life.”  Ants Among Elephants tells the story of a family and a nation: a moving account of Gidla’s family, from the life of her grandparents to her own, and the intractable reality that, in India, caste is fate. Even as momentous change transforms India, Ants Among Elephants is a visceral and sobering reminder of how discrimination and segregation endure. Chair: Jeff Sparrow LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather

Ndaba Mandela

“Going to the Mountain” is the phrase used for the initiation ceremony of Xhosa boys into manhood, a ceremony Ndaba Mandela was led through by his Grandfather, Nelson.   Rich with the tribal wisdom and Xhosa folktales Nelson held so dear, Going to the Mountain is an intimate story of the man behind the myth, and a candid, insightful account of growing up with South Africa’s first Black President. Chair: Anton Enus LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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She Has Her Mother's Laugh

Carl Zimmer

New York Times columnist and award-winning author Carl Zimmer is one of the world’s most acclaimed science writers. His new book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh, is an exploration of the most intimate mystery of all – how our ancestors help make us who we are today. Shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie Gifford Award for non-fiction, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh forces you to reconsider what you think you know about genetics and heredity. Chair: Robyn Williams LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Global Frenzies: Caught in an Emotional Storm

Paul Bloom, Carolin Emcke & Don Watson

Are we caught in a worldwide corrosive emotional storm? Subject to a dangerous kind of global mob rule? In a polarised world buffeted by entrenched and extreme emotions, our panel of considered thinkers, philosopher Carolin Emcke, psychologist Paul Bloom and author Don Watson examine how destructive emotions seize hold of individuals and communities and how we can temper their impact, and reach across the emotional divide. Chair: Paul Daley   Carolin Emcke is supported by Goethe Institut Australia LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Red Word

Sarah Henstra

As her sophomore life begins, Karen enjoys the heady embrace of new friends, ideas and independence.  In love with a frat boy, seduced by the intellect of her spirited feminist friends, the enthusiastic didacticism of campus life soon finds Karen torn between two bitterly polarised camps. Winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Award for fiction, Sarah Henstra’s The Red Word is a brilliant, take-no-prisoners account of rape culture on campus. Chair: Lucia Osborne-Crowley   Supported by Canada Council LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Storied Past

Esi Edugyan, Andrew Miller & Amy Sackville

Of her novel Painter to the King, Amy Sackville writes, “Painting, like writing, has a peculiar and essential relationship with time, with the creation outliving the creator and their world”. Amy is joined by Esi Edugyan and Andrew Miller to discuss how fiction rewinds time and brings past worlds back to life. They ponder the insight fiction provides into yesteryear, reviving forgotten stories and rendering characters human again.  Chair: Tali Lavi   Esi Edugyan is supported by Canada Council LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Hazel Rowley Lecture

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin delivers the biennial lecture in memory of biographer Hazel Rowley.  Maria’s most recent book, the award-winning Axiomatic, was celebrated as one of the most significant books of 2018.  A unique combination of narrative, essay, and reportage, this extraordinary collection is a profound and empathetic exploration of trauma, humanity and endurance.  Maria’s lecture will be followed by the announcement of the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Art, Advocacy & Ambition

Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty is one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. To mark his first major survey exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia, we interrogate and celebrate Ben’s contribution to our cultural life, from his work as a war artist in Afghanistan, to his heartbreaking advocacy of Andrew Chan and Myan Sukumaran, to his championing of the refugee children of Syria enshrined in Home: Drawings by Syrian Children. Chair: Dominic Knight LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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We That Are Young

Preti Taneja

A modern day King Lear set in contemporary India, Preti Taneja’s extraordinary novel We That Are Young tells the colossal power struggle between a billionaire patriarch andhis three wildly different daughters. Epic in scope and fearlessly ambitious, the award winning We That Are Young explores the clash between old and new India and offers a panoramic, complex portrait of one of the world’s most dynamic nations. Chair: Michael Williams LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Poetry Reading

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, David Malouf, Ben Okri, Joelle Taylor & Fiona Wright

Adelaide Writers’ Week features an extraordinary array of international poets.  From Man Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, to one of Australia’s most celebrated poets David Malouf, alongside a nominee for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry – Fiona Wright; they are joined by Icelandic "poetician" Birgitta Jónsdóttir and spoken word firebrand Joelle Taylor to share readings of their chosen poems.   Fiona Wright supported by the Prime Minister’s Literary Award LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Bridge of Clay

Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak’s last book, The Book Thief, spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list and was adapted into a film starring Geoffrey Rush. His much anticipated new novel is Bridge of Clay. Full of wit and great compassion, this tale of five brothers and their quest to uncover the secret behind their father’s disappearance and unwelcome return reverberates with loss, grief and love. Chair: Alice Pung LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Writers on Writers

Bernadette Brennan & Ceridwen Dovey

It is beguiling to read one great writer exploring the work of another. To read a thoughtful account of a writer’s life, of their writings, and the impact they have had, is illuminating. Bernadette Brennan’s award-winning biography of Helen Garner provides a rich literary portrait of her much loved subject.  Ceridwen Dovey’s intimate account of her – and her mother’s - deep engagement with J.M. Coetzee’s work is lucid, learned and revealing. Chair David Marr   Supported by the Cultural Fund LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Countries' Chasm: The Urban-Rural Divide

Gabrielle Chan, Sarah Smarsh & Don Watson

Does Real Australia live in the Canberra Bubble or in Weatherboard and Iron? Is Real America Red or Blue? In a time where binary divisions seem to define so much of our identities, is the biggest division of all between a nation’s cities and the rest? Gabrielle Chan (Rusted Off), Sarah Smarsh (Heartland) and Don Watson (The Bush) ponder the myths of a country’s heartland, and the neglected class that lives there. Chair: Ashley Hay LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Stern Justice: The Forgotten Story of Australia, Japan and the Pacific War Crimes Trials

Adam Wakeling

While the Nuremburg Trials are rightly renowned for bring Nazis to justice, the Pacific War Crime Trials are less well known.  Australia was the prime force behind the establishment of the Tribunals that sought to hold the Japanese to account for the atrocities committed in WWII.  Raising important questions of justice, vengeance, and who bears ultimate responsibility for a nation’s crimes, Stern Justice is an impressive account of a neglected part of history. Chair: Rick Sarre LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Troll Hunting: Inside the World of Online Hate and its Human Fallout

Ginger Gorman

In 2013, journalist Ginger Gorman became the victim of online trolling.  It left her shaken and afraid but also intrigued about the motivation behind the sustained, virulent attacks.  Her curiosity led to Troll Hunting. Meticulously researched, Troll Hunting draws on conversations with psychologists, trolling victims, law enforcement, academics and, most importantly, trolls themselves, to explore the criminals behind and the real life consequences of this uniquely 21st Century phenomenon. Chair: Eileen Ormsby LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Approaching China: Hug the Panda or Slay the Dragon?

Hon. Bob Carr, Bruno Maçães & Richard McGregor

Australia’s official approach to China is has been criticised as contradictory if not confused. Our biggest trading partner, we welcome their business but not their investment.  We worry at their growing influence in our region even as we smoothed their path with past cuts to our foreign aid.  Bruno Maçães, Richard McGregor and Bob Carr are expert observers of China: they examine its growing might and its strategies to assert dominion. Chair: Linda Jaivin   LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Too Much Lip

Melissa Lucashenko

Prodigal daughter Kerry returns to find her family in crisis. Patriarch Owen is dying, bent Mayor Buckley is eyeing off their ancestral lands, brother Ken is as bitter as ever, and sister Donna is still missing. And now avowed lesbian Kerry is falling for a white man. Fierce, sexy and laugh-out-loud funny, Too Much Lip tells of violence and redemption, family and country and confirms Melissa Lucashenko as one of our best and bravest writers. Chair: Jennifer Mills LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Internet's Evil Twin

Eileen Ormsby

We have blithely integrated the Internet into all aspects of our lives - a tool for communication, a source of information and a convenient marketplace. But there is another side. Eileen Ormsby has visited the dark underbelly of a shadow Internet of depravity, drugs and danger. The fascinating and scarifying result is The Darkest Web: Drugs, Death and Destroyed Lives, an addictive and enlightening journey into the Internet’s unimaginable extremities. Chair: Dominic Knight LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Absurdity of War

Mohammed Hanif & Will Mackin

Writing of his experiences as a soldier in the depths of Iraq and Afghanistan for his acclaimed short story collection Bring Out the Dog, Will Mackin said his core objective was “to try to capture the weirdness”. A former pilot in the Pakistani Air Force, Mohammed Hanif’s Red Birds is a surreal savage satire on the Middle East’s ceaseless wars. They discuss their celebrated books and war’s essential absurdity. Chair: Geordie Williamson Will Mackin is supported by the Consulate of the United States LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Remembering Myall Creek

Aunty Sue Blacklock & Lyndall Ryan

On June 10, 1838, around thirty Wirrayaraay men, women and children were massacred at Myall Creek. Unusually, eleven of the assassins were tried for murder. Amid great controversy, seven were hanged. Co-editor of Remembering Myall Creek Lyndall Ryan and its Foreword co-author and Wirrayaraay descendant Aunty Sue Blacklock reflect on the impact of this terrible act of violence and the challenge of Australia’s ongoing journey towards remembrance and reconciliation. Chair: Paul Daley LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Communicating Complexity

Rose George & Carl Zimmer

When nuance is shunned for black and white polarities, the capacity to communicate complex ideas and explore abstract hypotheses is more important than ever. Two of the world’s best non-fiction writers, Carl Zimmer (She Has Her Mother’s Laugh) and Rose George (Nine Pints), argue the case for science and expertise, and discuss how they make challenging ideas accessible to the curious layperson. Chair: Tania Meyer LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Potent Memories

Gina Apostol & Jing-Jing Lee

In the ingenious Insurrecto, Gina Apostol puts the “unremembered” Philippine-American war sharply on display through an unlikely road trip with a US filmmaker and her Filipino translator.  Jing-Jing Lee brings the horror of the Japanese invasion of Singapore to sharp life through the moving story of Wang Di in How We Disappeared.  The act of remembering, and its political, personal and redemptive power, is highlighted in these potent novels. Chair: Bernadette Brennan LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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WTF Australia? How Australia's politics let us down

Bernard Keane, George Megalogenis & Katharine Murphy

Five Prime Ministers in five years. A Government unable to govern.  Former leaders sniping from the sidelines. Preference-whispering electing Senators with the merest skerrick of support.   Formerly respected institutions revealed to be rife with base corruption and criminal self-interest. WTF is going on?  Crikey’s Bernard Keane (The Mess We’re In), The Guardian’s Katharine Murphy (On Disruption) and George Megalogenis (The Football Solution) explain. Chair: Adam Suckling   Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Rise of the Right

Carolin Emcke, Nancy MacLean & Jeff Sparrow

Across the globe, right-wing populist movements are on the rise. The likes of Trump in the US, Duterte in the Philippines, Orbán in Hungary, Erdoğan in Turkey – leaders with anti-democratic agendas and dangerous rhetoric - are ascending to power. What are the implications? For geopolitics? Minority rights? Carolin Emcke (Against Hate), Nancy MacLean (Democracy in Chains) and Jeff Sparrow (Trigger Warnings) bring perspectives from Europe, America and the Asia-Pacific. Chair: Dominic Knight   Carolin Emcke is supported by Goethe Institut Australia LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Journeys and Place

Future D Fidel, Moreno Giovannoni & Sisonke Msimang

Powerful accounts of lives straddling countries tell of the dislocation of life in a state of exile, and the courage of imagining a new home. Moreno Giovannoni writes tales of leaving and returning home in The Fireflies of Autumn. Sisonke Msimang tells of growing up in exile from apartheid-era South Africa in her memoir Always Another Country. Future D. Fidel describes fleeing war to find sanctuary but strangeness in Prize Fighter. Chair: Alice Pung   Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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These Disunited States

Gina Apostol, Damien Cave & Nancy MacLean

America has a violent history of polarised politics and aggressively antithetical views. Ugly partisan divisions are once again fuelling a toxic political culture. What are the implications for American society? And could there be global consequences? Duke University Professor Nancy MacLean, Australian Bureau chief of The New York Times Damien Cave and US-based Phillipines-born author Gina Apostol discuss the origin and impact of the egregious disunity confronting America today. Chair: Don Watson LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Criminal Element

Chris Hammer & Mads Peder Nordbo

Mads Peder Nordbo’s The Girl Without Skin is both compelling crime fiction and a marvellous evocation of the stark beauty of Greenland. The dusty aridity of the Australian bush in Chris Hammer’s Scrublands could not be further removed from Nordbo’s icy setting but it too is pivotal to the story. Isolation, ratcheting tension and charismatic journalists investigating old crimes are common to both these compulsively readable murder mysteries. Chair: Victoria Purman LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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2062: The World that AI Made

Toby Walsh

2062 is the year by which we will have built machines as intelligent as us. So says Professor of Artificial Intelligence Toby Walsh and the majority of his colleagues. What will society look like in this Brave New World? Described as one of the rockstars of the digital revolution, Toby brings a deep knowledge of technology to argue the future can be bright tomorrow if we get the settings right today. Chair: Scott Ludlam LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Children's House

Alice Nelson

It is 1997 and scholar Marina observes Constance, a young Rwandan refugee, walk away from her crying son on the streets of Harlem. There follows a life-changing series of events - “A strange unfolding”, says Marina, looking back later.  From the kibbutz of Israel, to the horrors of the Rwandan civil war, to the brownstones of Harlem, Alice Nelson’s exquisite The Children’s House is a moving meditation on trauma and loss, motherhood and identity. Chair: Susan Wyndham LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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South Africa Rising

Ndaba Mandela, Sisonke Msimang & Marlene van Niekerk

It is twenty-five years since apartheid was dismantled in South Africa. What have been the successes and challenges of the post-Apartheid era? Co-founder of the Africa Rising Foundation (and grandson of Nelson) Ndaba Mandela, shortlisted authro for the International Man Booker Prize, Marlene van Niekerk and author Sisonke Msimang reflect on the transformation of their country in the last quarter century and the progress still to be made. Chair: Sharon Davis LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

Paul Bloom

When writing his witty condemnation of empathy, Paul Bloom discovered being against it was like “being against kittens”. But, he argues, empathy is a poor moral guide in almost all realms of life. It biases us in favour of individuals who remind us of ourselves, while numbing us to the plight of thousands. Using the latest scientific research, Against Empathy mounts a provocative, cogent case for using our heads over our hearts. Chair: Jon Jureidini LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The New York Times Crossword Challenge

The daily crossword in The New York Times is considered by many to be the veritable pinnacle of puzzle-play, a mountain to be climbed every day with enthusiasm, frustration or a combination of the two. The NYT crosswords attract passionate fans including Bill Clinton, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns and the Indigo Girls as a daily must-do, boosting mental acumen, stretching vocabularies and a crossing of cerebral swords with the anonymous puzzle masters. Now The New York Times crossword challenge comes to Adelaide Writers’ Week! Pit your wits against your fellow Writers’ Week attendees and see how fast you can complete the NYT Crosswords. Join one of four heats before the brainiac winners go head to head, competing to be the inaugural AWW NYT Crossword Challenge Champion! For the audio version of this event page, click here.


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The Great Believers

Rebecca Makkai

Shortlisted for the US National Book Award, The Great Believers is a dazzling tour de force. Set amongst the devastating first wave of the AIDS epidemic, Rebecca Makkai’s heart-wrenching novel jumps between Chicago in the 1980s and the present-day life of a surviving sister and caregiver in Paris.  It is a deeply moving but ultimately hopeful account of loss, friendship and family and the lasting impact of trauma on those left behind. Chair: Anton Enus LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Best We Forget: The War for White Australia, 1914-18

Peter Cochrane

The official clamour to venerate Australia’s WWI campaign and the heroic sacrifice of the Diggers grew louder as the centenary of the war came and went. In his important but unsettling new book, Best We Forget, one of Australia’s most respected historians Peter Cochrane reminds us that an important motive for our participation in the war was our desire to preserve White Australia from Asian "contamination". Chair: George Megalogenis LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Supremacy of Class

Rick Morton & Sarah Smarsh

In an era with an increasing focus on identity-based politics, the impact of class can be overlooked or downplayed.  What are the lasting effects of growing up poor, and the stress and trauma poverty can engender? Rick Morton (One Hundred Years of Dirt) and Sarah Smarsh (Heartland) offer analysis and their own personal experiences to consider the mobility and rigidity of class. Chair: Jeff Sparrow LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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At Dusk

Hwang Sok-Yong

Hwang Sok-yong is arguably South Korea’s most esteemed novelist. His award-winning At Dusk is a bittersweet tale of a successful man who reconnects with his humble beginnings after unexpected contact from an old love.  A poignant reflection on sacrifice and regret, At Dusk also explores the impact of modernisation, and what is lost in our never-ending quest for progress. A spare, beautifully written book infused with quiet urgency and melancholia. Chair: Linda Jaivin   Supported by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches

David Marr

David Marr is one of Australia’s most respected and beloved journalists and commentators.  In this first major retrospective of his body of work, we are reminded of the breathtaking range of his interests and expertise.  Ranging across the literary, political, biographical and historical, David’s deep curiosity, fierce intellect, lively wit and generosity of spirit are omnipresent in this impressive collection. Chair: Tom Wright LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Griffith Review: Writing the Country

James Bradley, Jane Gleeson-White & Tom Griffiths

As the planet's climate undergoes dramatic change, how can we survive in a transformed and sometimes threatening world? Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country examines strategies from surprising quarters – from accountancy to the law; from history to fiction – to offer radical ideas on how we might navigate this new era of the Anthropocene. Join contributors James Bradley, Jane Gleeson-White and Tom Griffiths to discuss these issues. Chair: Ashley Hay LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Lessons from a Cinematic Life

David Stratton

David Stratton has long been Australia’s favourite cinephile. His The Movie Show and At the Movies with Margaret Pomeranz were on air for 28 years and were must-seeTV for all movielovers. Following the success of the 2017 documentary series about his life and work, A Cinematic Life, David’s most recent book, 101 Marvellous Films You May Have Missed, continues his herculean efforts to boost Australia’s knowledge and enjoyment of great films. Chair: Deb Tribe LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Pivotal Moments

Enza Gandolfo & Andrea Goldsmith

Sometimes we know we are making life-changing decisions. On other occasions, the impact of our decisions is revealed retrospectively. In their books The Bridge and Invented Lives, Enza Gandolfo and Andrea Goldsmith explore the way one key choice can change a life’s trajectory. In Invented Lives, a chance encounter brings Soviet exile Galina to Australia and a life of foreign freedom. The folly of youth has devastating consequences in the profoundly moving The Bridge. Chair: Natasha Cica LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Criminal Appeal of Ms Jane Harper

Jane Harper

Rarely has an Australian author made as immediate an impact as Jane Harper with her debut novel The Dry. Soon to be a film starring Eric Bana, The Dry was an international smash hit, winning multiple awards including the Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 2017 from the Crime Writers’ Association. Her follow-up Force of Nature also topped the bestseller lists, as has her new book The Lost Man. Chair: Kerryn Goldsworthy LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

Clare Wright

Clare Wright’s exuberant telling of the great feminist struggles of the late nineteenth century to win the vote is an exhilarating read. It tells the stories of five Australian suffragists, who, after their success in Australia, joined the ongoing campaign to extend democracy in Great Britain and secure women the vote. Passionate, generous and committed, these Australians fought courageously for a democratic future. Their inspiring story is appropriately celebrated in Clare’s impressive book. Chair: Sophie Black LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Stories from South Africa

Marlene van Niekerk

Marlene van Niekerk has been described as the foremost Afrikaans writer of her generation. She is best known for her two major works Triomf and The Way of the Women. Her Steinbeckien accounts of life amongst the poor whites of South Africa cast an unflinching and controversial eye on post-Apartheid life. Imbued with a robust intensity and visceral energy, Marlene’s work has received multiple awards and been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Chair: John Coetzee For the audio version of this event page, click here.


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Future Tense

James Bradley & Margaret Morgan

Margaret Morgan’s The Second Cure is a frighteningly plausible vision of a near-future Australia battling both an unpredictable parasite and a lunge towards authoritarianism in Far North Queensland.  James Bradley’s Change trilogy also imagines humanity grappling with an outside infection and the panic it causes.  Their dystopian page-turners are thought provoking, disquieting and intense, posing important questions about courage, control and - as with all great science fiction - humanity itself. Chair: David Sly LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire

Chloe Hooper

On a scorching day in February 2009, an inferno roared through regional Victoria, killing 173 people. Among the dead were 11 residents of Churchill, Gippsland: victims of two fires lit by an arsonist. Every Australian grows up knowing that bushfires can be fatal in our dry, hot land. So why would someone deliberately start a dangerous blaze? One of Australia’s most considered writers investigates in this devastating account of a devastating day. Chair: Anton Enus LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Beyond the West: Feminism in India and China

Sohaila Abdulali & Leta Hong Fincher

If Western feminism stands accused of being preoccupied with white middle class concerns, what is life like for women in the world’s most populous nations?  Sohaila Abdulali (What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape) grew up in India and continues to write about and for her country of origin.  Leta Hong Fincher documents China’s nascent feminist movement in Betraying Big Brother and the threat it poses to the Communist Party’s patriarchal and authoritarian views. Chair: Natasha Cica LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Insurrecto

Gina Apostol

Insurrecto’s genuis lies in both its dazzling structure and its rich textured account of the Philippines' complicated history. Formally playful, morally serious, the heart of the novel is the 1901 Balangiga massacre by US forces.  Unlikely travelling companions American filmmaker Chiara and her Filipina translator Magsalin travel across Duterte’s Philippines to make a film about the massacre: their dueling perspectives become the prism through which Gina Apostol delivers extraordinary interlocking narratives on history, truth and storytelling. Chair: Sharon Davis LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Riding the Third Wave

Soraya Chemaly, Sarah Henstra & Natasha Stott Despoja

Has the feminist revolution stalled?  Or are we enduring a last gasp backlash against equality that the weight of numbers will inevitably defeat?  Novelist Sarah Henstra, Director of New York’s Women’s Media Center Speech Project Soraya Chemaly and former Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja discuss the ongoing battle for gender equality, and what the Third Wave can learn from the Second, and pass to the Next. Chair: Sophie Black LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Shell

Kristina Olsson

It is 1965 and Australia is caught in a moment of tectonic change. A new cathedral to art and beauty rises on Bennelong Point as the Government conscripts young men to its controversial war. Through an independent young journalist and a brilliant Swedish glass artist, Kristina Olsson masterfully captures the turbulence of a time in which Australia sought to determine its identity and values. A stunning book of lyricism and ideas. Chair: Cath Kenneally LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Boy Swallows Universe: 2019 MUD Literary Prize Winner

Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe was the unanimous winner of the 2019 MUD Literary Prize for a debut literary fiction novel. Inspired by Trent’s unique childhood, this extraordinary novel has it all – wonderful prose, endearing, unique characters, and a rollicking, uplifting and richly rewarding narrative.  A coming-of-age story meets crime thriller, Boy Swallows Universe is a moving hymn to the importance and love of family: a surprising and poetic account of two vivid characters and their against-the-odds struggle to transcend and triumph over their high risk childhoods. Chair: David Sly LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plans for America

Nancy MacLean

In Democracy in Chains, Nancy MacLean traces the intellectual origins of today’s radical right to the late 1950s and the writings of an anti-government Nobel Prize-winningeconomist James Buchanan. His ideas went on to be weaponised by the Koch Brothers and their billionaire fellow-travellers, spawning a campaign to change the rules of governance to disempower the majority in favour of a rich and powerful minority. Essential reading for anyone interested in the future of democracy. Chair: Tory Shepherd LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Edge of Memory: Ancient Stories, Oral Tradition & the Post-Glacial World

Patrick Nunn

In The Edge of Memory, Professor of Geography Patrick Nunn lays out evidence that the great oral histories of Indigenous societies were forerunners of Western physical science. His research demonstrates that the ancient culture and practices of Aboriginal Australia, and other traditions from around the globe, offer an unparalleled depth of knowledge about our physical world.  An intriguing account of our distant past and what Indigenous stories can teach us about our world today. Chair: Danielle Clode LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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The Death of Noah Glass

Gail Jones

When Australian art historian Noah Glass dies suddenly at the age of 67, his two adult children must confront not just their grief but the news he is wanted in Sicily in relation to a brazen art heist. An examination of the relationship between word and image, The Death of Noah Glass is a rich, poetic exploration of fatherhood and loss and confirms Gail Jones again as one of our most significant novelists.  Chair: Ashley Hay LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Other People's History

Rebecca Makkai & Molly Murn

What are the sensitivities of writing stories about the histories of others?  Who has the right to tell stories of the past, particularly those full of sadness and pain?  Molly Murn’s Heart of the Grass Tree writes of the violent first contact between the Ngarrindjeri people and European sealers. Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers draws on the first wave of the AIDS epidemic in America and the shocking swathe it cut through a generation of gay men. Chair: Susan Wyndham LISTEN TO THE PODCAST


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Listen Up!

Morris Gleitzman

Join Children's Laureate Morris Gleitzman in conversation about Australian politics, global activism and why young peoples' voices need to be heard. Chair: Clare Sawyer For the audio version of this event page, click here.


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Magical Thinking

Rhiannon Williams & Jeremy Lachlan

Carl Smith (ABC’s BTN) sits down with Rhiannon Williams and Jeremy Lachlan to explore the ideas and inspirations behind their fantasy fiction, and the identities of their compelling central characters, Jane Doe and Ottilie Coulter. For the audio version of this event page, click here.


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Speaking Across Time

Richard Yaxley

Richard Yaxley’s latest book This is My Song crosses three continents and many generations. Richard delivers a talk about the power of music and its ability to communicate meaningfully across time.   Richard Yaxley is supported by the Prime Minister's Literary Award For the audio version of this event page, click here.


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Worlds Old & New

Sean Williams

Sean Williams’s work is informed by an abiding curiosity about, well, everything. Join Sean as he uncovers the secrets behind such best-sellers as The Stone Mage & the Sea, Twinmaker and the forthcoming Impossible Music. For the audio version of this event page, click here.


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Building Connections

Zana Fraillon

With The Bone Sparrow and The Ones that Disappeared, Zana Fraillon opens our eyes to the reality of child slavery and displacement. Join Zana in conversation for an insight into her stories and characters. Chair: Jessica Alice For the audio version of this event page, click here.


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Sci-Fi's Evolution

Garth Nix

What makes a writer write a particular kind of story? Why fantasy and speculative fiction? Garth Nix discusses the influences and experiences from childhood onwards that set him on the path to become one of the world's leading authors of fantasy and science fiction. For the audio version of this event page, click here.


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Hear Me Roar! Slam and Performance Poetry at AWW

Sarah Jane Justice, Laniyuk, Audrey Mason-Hyde, Melanie Mununggurr- Williams, Solli Raphael, Caroline Reid, Dominic Symes, Joelle Taylor & Amelia Walker (MC)

For the first time Adelaide Writers’ Week showcases some of the best poets striding international, national and local stages. See and hear the UK’s Joelle Taylor, Australian Slam Poetry Champion Melanie Munungurr Williams, young standout Slammers Solli Raphael and Audrey Mason-Hyde among many other exciting new voices. Join us for over two hours of exhilarating, energetic and inspiring poetry. For the audio version of this event page, click here.


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It's Rhyme Time

Join “It’s Rhyme Time” who will delight young audiences in playful theatrical performances which feature traditional rhymes and contemporary stories. 


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Storytelling with Phil Cummings

Phil Cummings

Phil Cummings is an award winning children’s author. He loves telling stories about all sorts of things so come along and listen as he reads a few tales from a long list of great stories including his most recent book Through the Smoke: a story about a bushfire.


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My Favourite Story with Carl Smith

Carl Smith

Come listen to Carl Smith read his favourite story!


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Tintinnabula

Story Trove

Story Trove brings together the amazing talents of Eliza Lovell and Rory Walker. This year they will be bringing to life Anna Walker’s Mr Huff and Margot Lanagan’s Tintinabula. Through imaginative play, improvisation and sound, they bring simple stories to life, inspiring and surprising children of all ages.


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Storytelling with Anna Walker

Anna Walker

Anna Walker writes and illustrates children's books. Crafted with pencil, ink and collage, Anna's illustrations are inspired by the everyday details of life and the amusing antics of her menagerie. Join her for a storytelling session where she will read from her collection.


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My Favourite Story with Jane Doyle

Jane Doyle

Come listen to Jayne Doyle read her favourite story!


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Andy Joyner with Carl Smith

Andy Joyner & Carl Smith

Andy Joyner is an internationally published illustrator and author. Carl Smith is a science nerd/ reporter at ABC Science, who also co-hosts the kids’ podcasts Short & Curly and Pickle. Join them as they explore Andy’s favourite characters who sometimes wear Pink hats!


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Mr Huff

Story Trove

Story Trove brings together the amazing talents of Eliza Lovell and Rory Walker. This year they will be bringing to life Anna Walker’s Mr Huff and Margot Lanagan’s Tintinabula. Through imaginative play, improvisation and sound, they bring simple stories to life, inspiring and surprising children of all ages.


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Kensey & Max with Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey

Jacqueline Harvey has had a passion for storytelling since she was a child. She is the author of the popular Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series, which have sold over one million copies in Australia alone. This year in the Storytent she will be sharing the thrilling adventures of Kensy and Max in her latest book from this series.


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Figgy in the World with Tamsin Janu

Tamsin Janu

Join Tamsin Janu as she talks about her multi-award-winning novel, Figgy in the World and the ongoing adventures of a young girl from Ghana who will do anything to make sure her Grandma Ama gets well, even if that means walking to America.


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My Favourite Story with Eddie Woo

Eddie Woo

Come listen to Eddie Woo read his favourite story!