Join ABC Radio Sydney’s Richard Glover for all the fun and unpredictability of Thank God It’s Friday! in this special Festival broadcast live from Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. Enjoy the show’s regulars, special guests and all the hilarity of the infamous ‘Wheel of Death’. At 6pm, Richard interviews three of the Festival’s literary stars; Geraldine Brooks (Horse), Jason Reynolds (Oxygen Mask) and Fiona Kelly McGregor (Iris).

Supported by the City of Parramatta.

Geraldine Brooks (International)

Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks AO is the author of six novels, including the recent New York Times bestseller, Horse, and the 2006 Pulitzer Prizer winner, March. Born, raised and educated in Sydney, she worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, The National Times and The Wall Street Journal, for which she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. Her non-fiction works include Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.

Jason Reynolds (International)

Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of many award-winning books, including All American Boys; Long Way Down; When I was the Greatest, and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. The recipient of the CILIP Carnegie Medal, a Newbery Award, a Printz Award, an NAACP Image Award, and multiple Coretta Scott King honours, Reynolds was also the 2020–2022 US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His latest book is the remarkable graphic novel Oxygen Mask (illustrated by street artist Jason Griffin), intimately set within the walls of a family home and an insight into the Covid years, climate change and activism.

See Jason in On Authenticity at Secondary School Days.

Fiona Kelly McGregor (Australian)

Fiona Kelly McGregor

Fiona Kelly McGregor's most recent novel Iris is shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award and was longlisted for the Stella Prize. Previously, Indelible Ink won Age Book of the Year. Her non-fiction includes Buried Not Dead, shortlisted for the VPLA, photo-essay A Novel Idea, and memoir Strange Museums. Earlier fiction includes QLD literary award-winner Suck my toes/Dirt. McGregor writes for The Saturday Paper, The Sydney Morning Herald and more, is known for a large repertoire of performance art and event curation, and lives on Gadigal land.

Richard Glover (Australian)

Richard Glover

Richard Glover’s most recent book is The Land Before Avocado: Journeys in a lost Australia. Richard is also author of Flesh Wounds, described as a comic romp for anyone whose family was not what they ordered. He writes regularly for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Washington Post, and presents the comedy show Thank God It’s Friday! on ABC local radio.