Join us in the Gardens from 6pm for a glass of wine and music with DJ LL Cool Dre before our informal evening sessions get under way on the West Stage with your host, Adelaide Writers’ Week Director Jo Dyer.
Mon 4 Mar - Choose Your Moment
Sohaila Abdulali, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Future D. Fidel, Rose George, Melissa Lucashenko, Sisonke Msimang, Mads Peder Nordbo, Will Mackin
Adelaide Writers’ Week guests recall their lives’ most significant moment and speak to its pivotal impact. They single out a moment that made them the people they are today - as writers, activists, renegades, children, parents, or all of the above - and tell us about it in 10 minutes or less.
Gina Apostol, Mohammed Hanif, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Jing-Jing Lee, Bruno Maçães, Rick Morton, Preti Taneja, Joelle Taylor
Transcending the polarised debates of our time, a compelling line-up of Adelaide Writers’ Week authors respond to this year’s Festival theme and tell us their truths on power, politics, writing, life, humanity, and everything in between.
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.
Oyinkan Braithwaite’s first novel, My Sister the Serial Killer, has been listed as one of the most anticipated debuts of 2019 by publications including The New York Times, The Guardian and Publishers’ Weekly.
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.
Rose George’s is an award-winning author and journalist whose work has been acclaimed by organisations including The Economist, Radio 4 and the British Maritime Foundation. Her two TED talks, on sanitation and seafaring, have had nearly 3 million views. Nine Pints and Other Stories is her fourth book.
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.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy,Will Mackinserved in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bring Out The Dog is his first collection of short stories.
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.
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.
Gina Apostol won the Philippines National Book Award for each of her first two novels and her third won the 2013 PEN Open Book Award. Her latest novel, Insurrecto, was named by Publishers’ Weekly as one of the Ten Best Books of 2018.
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.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir is an Icelandic politician, anarchist, poet, and activist.
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.
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.
Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and social affairs writer for The Australian. One Hundred Years of Dirt is his first book.
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.
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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