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Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels, most recently the wonderfully creepy Apple Tree Yard.
Rising to prominence with contemporaries and friends Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Christopher Hitchens, Amis has cemented a reputation as a controversial and fearless public commentator.
Investigative journalists Bret Christian and Colleen Egan discuss how the suspicion of wrongful sentencing led them on quests to discover the truth behind two mistaken criminal convictions.
Euthanasia remains one of the most challenging moral and philosophical questions. What is to be gained and lost if assisted suicide is legalised? Does society need a better approach to dying?
Antony Loewenstein’s exposé into vulture capitalism reveals how privatised wars, detention centres and aid programs are fast becoming the first-world norm.
David Vann was 13 when his father committed suicide, while Steve Bisley was raised in the shadow of his father’s post-traumatic stress. They speak with Ian Nichols.
Hannah Kent’s debut novel "Burial Rites" has become an international bestseller, and will soon be made into a movie. She is also a founder of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings.
Alison Bechdel is the author of two books telling of growing up gay in a small town. Rabih Alameddine has written about AIDS, Civil War, exile, death and, in An Unnecessary Woman, about living a meaningful life.
Acclaimed American author Francine Prose discusses her latest novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, with the Monthly Book’s Ramona Koval.
As ANZAC ceremony numbers attest, stories of service are among Australia’s most important narratives. This session brings together two novelists who have recently published books about the Second World War.
Part 1 | Part 2 In this Sydney Writers' Festival highlight, Ramona Koval interviews acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Chimamanda's first novel Purple...
Part 1 | Part 2 In this Sydney Writers' Festival highlight, Ramona Koval interviews acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Chimamanda's first novel Purple...
Part 1 | Part 2Two icons of Australian music - former Cold Chisel keyboardist and songwriter Don Walker and The Sports’ Stephen Cummings - have recently published their...
In this Sydney Writers' Festival event, David Marr 'launches' Nicolas Rothwell's The Red Highway. Following this, Rothwell himself speaks about the writing of...
Part 1 | Part 2Christian Lander, creator and writer of the famously hip blog Stuff White People Like, tells this Sydney Writers' Festival audience about the idea's...
Part 1 | Part 2 This inaugural Wallenberg lecture is presented by Professor Omer Bartov, John P Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. one of...
Part 1 | Part 2 In his Closing Address to the Sydney Writers' Festival, Richard Flanagan mounts an impassioned and stinging attack on the the proposal to allow parallel...

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