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Sydney Writers' Festival

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Australia's largest celebration of literature, stories and ideas. Bringing together the world's best authors, leading public intellectuals, scientists, journalists and more.

Latest Episodes

Lisa Taddeo: Three Women

Based on almost a decade of immersive research, Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a bestselling work of narrative non-fiction that traces the private lives of three ordinary American women. Its many fans include Elizabeth Gilbert, who called it “a non-fiction literary masterpiece at the same level as In Cold Blood – and just as suspenseful, bone-chilling and harrowing”. In conversation with Sophie Black, Lisa offers insights into her groundbreaking portrait of sex and love, which illuminates unmet needs, unspoken thoughts and unrelenting obsessions.

50 MIN4 d ago
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Lisa Taddeo: Three Women

Kawai Strong Washburn: Sharks in the Time of Saviours

Delicately balancing Hawaiian myth and the broken American dream, Kawai Strong Washburn’sSharks in the Time of Saviourshas been hailed by novelist Marlon James as a “ferocious debut” in which “old myths clash with new realities, love is in a ride or die with grief [and] faith rubs hard against magic”. Kawai joins Winnie Dunn to discuss his lush, virtuosic portrait of Hawaiian identity, mythology and diaspora that examines what it means to be both of a place and a stranger in it.

52 MIN6 d ago
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Kawai Strong Washburn: Sharks in the Time of Saviours

Paul Kelly: Love is Strong as Death

WriterTony Birch talks with singer, songwriter and national treasure Paul Kelly about his new collection,Love is Strong as Death: Poems chosen by Paul Kelly.Featuring more than 300 works from a range of ancient and modern authors, the deeply moving anthology speaks to the themes that have proven so powerful in Paul’s own music: love, death and everything in between. Hear Paul discuss this lovingly curated tome and reflect on how poetry has influenced his life and music.

61 MIN1 w ago
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Paul Kelly: Love is Strong as Death

Kathy Lette Gets Candid

Since writingPuberty Bluesas a teenager, Kathy Lette has seen her definitive story of Australian teenagers navigating the chaos of life adapted into a cult movie and a major television series. Kathy has gone on to pen 11 global bestsellers, includingMad CowsandThe Boy Who Fell To Earth, a story inspired by her son Julius, who lives with autism. Ever entertaining, Kathy discusses her storied life, her pioneering of popular feminist fiction and her newest novel,HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy, with ABC Radio Sydney’s Wendy Harmer.

50 MIN1 w ago
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Kathy Lette Gets Candid

Writing on a Knife's Edge

In a session dedicated to the craft of genre writing, two experts join ABC Radio’s Rhianna Patrick to uncover what it really takes to deliver a tightly plotted narrative. Sarah Epstein (Deep Water) and Astrid Scholte (The Vanishing Deep) have made an art form out of testing their characters’ limits and finding new ways to torment both them and their readers. Find out how the tropes and narrative devices familiar to lovers of fantasy, science fiction and thrillers allow these writers to carve out inventive and thrilling plots of their own. This conversation is part of our YA podcast series.

45 MIN2 w ago
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Writing on a Knife's Edge

Chris Hammer: Silver

A leader in Australian noir, bestsellingScrublandsauthor Chris Hammer is the winner of the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger award. InSilver, flawed protagonist Martin Scarsden returns to his hometown to discover his former school friend lying on the floor of his girlfriend’s house with a knife plunged into his back and a postcard in his hand. Chris talks withGuardian Australia’s Paul Daley about his enthralling and propulsive new thriller.

46 MIN2 w ago
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Chris Hammer: Silver

Vivian Pham: The Coconut Children

A vivid picture of Cabramatta,The Coconut Childrenis a powerful ode to modern Australia by debut novelist Vivian Pham. It has elicited praise from the likes of Dave Eggers, who hailed it as a “deeply felt and intimate coming-of-age novel” by “one of the indispensable voices of her generation”, while Paul Kelly called it “fierce, frank and funny”. Sheila Ngoc Phamjoins Vivian to discuss her urgent, moving and wise debut by an exciting new voice in Australian fiction.

46 MIN2 w ago
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Vivian Pham: The Coconut Children

Bob Brown: Planet Earth

Bob Brown led the Australian Greens from the party's foundation in 1992 until April 2012. Bob was elected to the Australian Senate in 1996. He was also the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia, and the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party. In 2012 Bob stepped down as Leader of the Australian Greens, and then retired from the Senate. Since then he has continued to campaign on conservation issues across Australia and the world. Bob discusses his life’s work and his new bookPlanet Earthwith fellowenvironmental advocate Scott Ludlam. Bob’s words are a clear message on the issues facing our planet and his positive approach is an inspiration to us all.

42 MIN3 w ago
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Bob Brown: Planet Earth

Eimear McBride: Strange Hotel

A masterful work of emotional force from one of the greatest, most daring contemporary writers,Strange Hotelis the blistering new novel from Eimear McBride, the Women’s Prize for Fiction–winning author ofA Girl is a Half-formed Thing. The story follows a nameless woman as she enters various hotel suites, and is forced to reckon with the turning tides of a life she’s tried desperately to escape. Heather Rose meets the author Anne Enright has called “that old-fashioned thing, a genius”.

44 MIN3 w ago
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Eimear McBride: Strange Hotel

Kay Kerr: Please Don't Hug Me

Kay Kerr’s debut young adult novel, Please Don’t Hug Me, explores love, loss and friendship through the eyes of Erin, a young woman on the autism spectrum. Kay joins Anna Whateley, a fellow neurodivergent author, for a funny, warm and enlightening conversation about Please Don’t Hug Me, the joys and complexities of writing the teen experience, and the importance of the #ownvoices movement in YA literature. This conversation is part of our YA podcast series.

41 MINJUN 3
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Kay Kerr: Please Don't Hug Me

Latest Episodes

Lisa Taddeo: Three Women

Based on almost a decade of immersive research, Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a bestselling work of narrative non-fiction that traces the private lives of three ordinary American women. Its many fans include Elizabeth Gilbert, who called it “a non-fiction literary masterpiece at the same level as In Cold Blood – and just as suspenseful, bone-chilling and harrowing”. In conversation with Sophie Black, Lisa offers insights into her groundbreaking portrait of sex and love, which illuminates unmet needs, unspoken thoughts and unrelenting obsessions.

50 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Lisa Taddeo: Three Women

Kawai Strong Washburn: Sharks in the Time of Saviours

Delicately balancing Hawaiian myth and the broken American dream, Kawai Strong Washburn’sSharks in the Time of Saviourshas been hailed by novelist Marlon James as a “ferocious debut” in which “old myths clash with new realities, love is in a ride or die with grief [and] faith rubs hard against magic”. Kawai joins Winnie Dunn to discuss his lush, virtuosic portrait of Hawaiian identity, mythology and diaspora that examines what it means to be both of a place and a stranger in it.

52 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Kawai Strong Washburn: Sharks in the Time of Saviours

Paul Kelly: Love is Strong as Death

WriterTony Birch talks with singer, songwriter and national treasure Paul Kelly about his new collection,Love is Strong as Death: Poems chosen by Paul Kelly.Featuring more than 300 works from a range of ancient and modern authors, the deeply moving anthology speaks to the themes that have proven so powerful in Paul’s own music: love, death and everything in between. Hear Paul discuss this lovingly curated tome and reflect on how poetry has influenced his life and music.

61 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Paul Kelly: Love is Strong as Death

Kathy Lette Gets Candid

Since writingPuberty Bluesas a teenager, Kathy Lette has seen her definitive story of Australian teenagers navigating the chaos of life adapted into a cult movie and a major television series. Kathy has gone on to pen 11 global bestsellers, includingMad CowsandThe Boy Who Fell To Earth, a story inspired by her son Julius, who lives with autism. Ever entertaining, Kathy discusses her storied life, her pioneering of popular feminist fiction and her newest novel,HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy, with ABC Radio Sydney’s Wendy Harmer.

50 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Kathy Lette Gets Candid

Writing on a Knife's Edge

In a session dedicated to the craft of genre writing, two experts join ABC Radio’s Rhianna Patrick to uncover what it really takes to deliver a tightly plotted narrative. Sarah Epstein (Deep Water) and Astrid Scholte (The Vanishing Deep) have made an art form out of testing their characters’ limits and finding new ways to torment both them and their readers. Find out how the tropes and narrative devices familiar to lovers of fantasy, science fiction and thrillers allow these writers to carve out inventive and thrilling plots of their own. This conversation is part of our YA podcast series.

45 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Writing on a Knife's Edge

Chris Hammer: Silver

A leader in Australian noir, bestsellingScrublandsauthor Chris Hammer is the winner of the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger award. InSilver, flawed protagonist Martin Scarsden returns to his hometown to discover his former school friend lying on the floor of his girlfriend’s house with a knife plunged into his back and a postcard in his hand. Chris talks withGuardian Australia’s Paul Daley about his enthralling and propulsive new thriller.

46 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Chris Hammer: Silver

Vivian Pham: The Coconut Children

A vivid picture of Cabramatta,The Coconut Childrenis a powerful ode to modern Australia by debut novelist Vivian Pham. It has elicited praise from the likes of Dave Eggers, who hailed it as a “deeply felt and intimate coming-of-age novel” by “one of the indispensable voices of her generation”, while Paul Kelly called it “fierce, frank and funny”. Sheila Ngoc Phamjoins Vivian to discuss her urgent, moving and wise debut by an exciting new voice in Australian fiction.

46 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Vivian Pham: The Coconut Children

Bob Brown: Planet Earth

Bob Brown led the Australian Greens from the party's foundation in 1992 until April 2012. Bob was elected to the Australian Senate in 1996. He was also the first openly gay member of the Parliament of Australia, and the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party. In 2012 Bob stepped down as Leader of the Australian Greens, and then retired from the Senate. Since then he has continued to campaign on conservation issues across Australia and the world. Bob discusses his life’s work and his new bookPlanet Earthwith fellowenvironmental advocate Scott Ludlam. Bob’s words are a clear message on the issues facing our planet and his positive approach is an inspiration to us all.

42 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Bob Brown: Planet Earth

Eimear McBride: Strange Hotel

A masterful work of emotional force from one of the greatest, most daring contemporary writers,Strange Hotelis the blistering new novel from Eimear McBride, the Women’s Prize for Fiction–winning author ofA Girl is a Half-formed Thing. The story follows a nameless woman as she enters various hotel suites, and is forced to reckon with the turning tides of a life she’s tried desperately to escape. Heather Rose meets the author Anne Enright has called “that old-fashioned thing, a genius”.

44 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Eimear McBride: Strange Hotel

Kay Kerr: Please Don't Hug Me

Kay Kerr’s debut young adult novel, Please Don’t Hug Me, explores love, loss and friendship through the eyes of Erin, a young woman on the autism spectrum. Kay joins Anna Whateley, a fellow neurodivergent author, for a funny, warm and enlightening conversation about Please Don’t Hug Me, the joys and complexities of writing the teen experience, and the importance of the #ownvoices movement in YA literature. This conversation is part of our YA podcast series.

41 MINJUN 3
Comments
Kay Kerr: Please Don't Hug Me

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