In books such as Joe Cinque’s Consolation and The Children’s Bach Helen Garner has built a reputation as one of Australia’s most adept and admired authors. Now, Bernadette Brennan has delved into Garner’s 40-year career with A Writing Life, surveying the events that influenced her artful prose. This panel assembles an all-star cast of Garner admirers – The Book Club presenter Jennifer Byrne, political commentator Annabel Crabb (The Wife Drought), columnist Benjamin Law (The Family Law), alongside Bernadette and moderator Rebecca Giggs.

This event will be Closed Captioned. The National Relay Service is available to assist with phone bookings. Call Roslyn Packer Theatre Box Office on (02) 9250 1988 or email boxoffice@sydneytheatre.com.au to book access tickets.

Jennifer Byrne (Australian)

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Jennifer Byrne has been presenting The Book Club on ABC TV for ten years, during which she has also has interviewed many of the world’s pre-eminent writers for special broadcasts, including the only Australian interview with JK Rowling in 2012 (which coincided with the launch of her first adult book). Jennifer has also worked as a TV journalist on ABC and has written feature stories for many of Australia’s leading newspapers.

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

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Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's most beloved journalists. She is a writer and broadcaster for the ABC, writes a weekly opinion column for Fairfax, is the author of the bestselling book The Wife Drought and is a sought-after speaker and presenter. As host of the ABC's enormously popular series Kitchen Cabinet, Annabel has broken bread with Australia's most influential political leaders and shared her magnificent desserts in kitchens around the country. She broadcasts a top-rating podcast (Chat 10 Looks 3) with friend and colleague Leigh Sales and her latest book is Special Delivery, a cookbook with Wendy Sharpe.