This year’s program is enriched by three writers who have brought their unique creative vision to the Festival. Rebecca Huntley has framed a series of events around optimism, examining why Australians are Still Lucky. Peter Polites examines borders: geographical borders and how they refine our minds, borders of the queer body, and the borders of our writing. Ellen van Neerven contemplates sacrifice – what are we willing to do to survive and help others to survive? We’re thrilled to have these three fine minds guiding the program.