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At this Melbourne Writers Festival keynote, Anne Summers considers the issue of gender equality in Australian public life, and the entrenched institutionalised resistance to it most spectacularly exhibited in the vilification of Julia Gillard.
Author, essayist and poet Colm Tóibín is one of Ireland's greatest living writers. He discusses his life and work, including his recent book The Testament of Mary, with Michael McGirr at Melbourne Writers Festival
Novelist and essayist Andrew O'Hagan's powerful writing has explored topics ranging from his working class origins to his London Review of Books essay on the sexual abuse crisis at the BBC. He talks to Michelle Griffin at Melbourne Writers Festival.
Young Australian writer Anna Krien and Canadian-born, Welsh-Egyptian Shereen El Feki have both used sex as the exploration point for a discussion about culture, gender and power. They talk to Sophie Cunningham at Melbourne Writers Festival.
One of the rising stars of world writing, Andrés Neuman is the author of the seductive novel Traveller of the Century, shortlisted for the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Award. He speaks to Michael Cathcart at Melbourne Writers Festival 2013.
Recognised for her writing on psychoanalysis, feminism and literature, Jacqueline Rose explores the lives and draws parallels between revolutionary 19th century socialist Rosa Luxemborg and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. Melbourne Writers Festival
In Conversation- J Rose
Israel's foremost expert on espionage, Michael Bar-Zohar is also author of more than 35 books. He reveals some of the secrets behind the most secretive intelligence organisation in the world. With Leah Garrett, Melbourne Writers Festival
The Monthly Book’s host, Ramona Koval, speaks to author Richard Flanagan (The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish) about his highly anticipated new novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
Tavi Gevinson is one of the world's most influential young women. A writer, blogger, editor of Rookie Magazine, actress and spokesperson, Tavi is in conversation with Estelle Tang at Melbourne Writers Festival 2013
Author Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap, Dead Europe, Loaded) speaks to Monthly Book host Ramona Koval about his much-anticipated new novel, Barracuda. Melbourne, October 2013
Carrie Tiffany is the author of the prize-winning Mateship with Birds. Kerryn Goldsworthy is an award-winning literary critic. They discuss sex, gender nature and desire in Australian fiction. La Trobe University, Aug 2013
The author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, Eimear McBride, speaks to the Monthly Book's Ramona Koval about the book's distinctive voice, the influence of James Joyce and WB Yeats, and the manuscript’s nine-year journey to publication.
When Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize in 2013 for The Luminaries she became the youngest writer to do so – and she did it with an 800-page novel set in the gold fields of New Zealand. She speaks to Stephen Romei at Adelaide Writers' Week.
Dame Margaret Drabble is the author of 17 highly acclaimed novels, including A Summer Bird-Cage, The Millstone, The Peppered Moth, The Red Queen and most recently The Pure Gold Baby. At Adelaide Writers' Week, she speaks to Cath Kenneally.

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