At 10am Michael Cathcart, presenter of ABC RN’s Books and Arts, hosts a live broadcast event from the Pier 2/3, featuring conversations with top Festival guests. At 11am Richard Fidler, presenter of ABC Radio’s Conversations, draws you into a fascinating real life story, also broadcast live in a special event for Sydney Writers’ Festival. Be in the audience for these entertaining national broadcasts.

Michael Cathcart (Australian)

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Michael Cathcart is the presenter of Books and Arts, the daily national arts program broadcast by ABC RN. In a former life, Michael taught Australian history at the University of Melbourne. He has presented several history documentaries for ABC TV and is the author of The Water Dreamers which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Prize for non-fiction. His most recent book is Starvation in a Land of Plenty a history of the Burke and Wills expedition and its interactions with the Yandruwandha people of Cooper Creek.

Richard Fidler (Australian)

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Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire: the story of his journey to Istanbul with his son Joe, to uncover the history of the lost civilisation of Byzantium. Richard is also the presenter of Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio. The Conversations podcast is the most downloaded show in Australia. In another life, he was a member of Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS), which played to audiences all over the world.