This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: 220  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir
Everyone’s family is crazy, but not the kind of crazy Adrian Simon, Rosie Waterland and Tim Elliott have lived through. With a grab bag of serious parental dysfunction from drug and alcohol abuse to mental health issues, this lot have had it tougher than most. United by their darkly humorous approach to survival, they join fellow memoirist and host of 702 ABC Sydney Richard Glover to offer an irreverent look at growing up with, and learning to laugh about, some pretty crazy shit.

Saturday 21 May 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Tim Elliott (Australian)

Tim Elliott is a senior writer at The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend magazine. His first book, The Bolivian Times, was an account of six months he spent working on an English-language paper in South America. His latest book, Farewell to the Father, is about growing up with a parent afflicted by mental illness. It first arose from an article of the same name in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend magazine. The article generated one of the largest reader responses in the paper’s history.

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Adrian Simon (Australian)

Adrian Simon, 38, is the son of Warren Fellows, the infamous heroin trafficker who was imprisoned in Bangkwang Prison in Bangkok and later published the best-selling memoir The Damage Done. But Warren wasn’t the only one affected by the experience; while he languished behind bars for 12 years, back home in suburban Australia lived a young boy who was forced to grow up fast, dealing with the consequences of his father’s terrible decisions at every turn and witnessing the harrowing ripple effects they had on his entire family. Stepping out of his father’s dark shadow and finding his own voice has taken Adrian a lifetime, and seen him face unimaginable hurdles along the way. Now, in his painfully candid memoir Milk-Blood, Adrian shares his story.

Rosie Waterland (Australian)

Other than writing one of the most honest memoirs this decade, Rosie Waterland is a media phenomenon. Only 28 years old, she rose to fame with her laugh-out-loud funny recaps of The Bachelor, which had people clicking onto the Mamamia website in astounding numbers. Richard Glover announced it as 'the best television writing since Clive James'. The Anti Cool Girl is her first book. She also is the host of The Binge, a podcast about television.

Richard Glover (Australian)

Richard Glover has written a number of bestselling books, including In Bed with Jocasta, The Mud House, and George Clooney’s Haircut and Other Cries for Help. His recent book, the acclaimed memoir Flesh Wounds (published in 2015), was voted by viewers of ABC Televisions’ The Book Club as one of their Top 5 favourite books of the year. Richard also writes a weekly column for The Sydney Morning Herald and presents the Drive show on ABC 702.



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