First of all I want to thank all of you for being part of Sydney Writers’ Festival. It’s been a spectacular week – one of the best yet - and we’ve had more people come to the events than ever before.
There was so many magical moments.
Kate Tempest’s phenomenal opening that everyone’s been talking about since.
Julian Barnes’ brilliant talk on biography drawing in writers from Flaubert to Updike and McEwan.
In the discussion about Ferrante Ben Law calling Nino Sarratore a douche and arguing with Drusilla Modjeska about whether he could realistically sleep with so many women – Drusilla didn’t think it was possible, Ben did.
Jeanette Winterson’s mesmerising, animated reading of The Gap of Time.
Marlon James reminiscing about his time as an exorcist and Toni Morrison’s book Sula literally saving his life.
Richard Glover’s openness and honesty in his public therapy session with Susie Orbach, letting us be privy to what would usually such a private conversation.