Benjamin Law welcomes some of the Festival’s most celebrated guests in a not-to-be-missed discussion about queer literary heroes. From The Price of Salt, to Harry Potter, to Winnie the Pooh, Patrick Abboud, Ivan Coyote, Anton Enus, Michael Farrell, Melissa Hardie, C.S. Pacat and Alison Whittaker talk about the texts that influenced them – both the overtly gay and the implicitly queer. They share which books they looked to for guidance and the characters they identified with, or those whose mere existence provided comfort – when they were first identifying as queer. Guests will come equipped with endorsements, recommendations and surprises.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, Eamon Flack will no longer be appearing at this event. 

Anton Enus (Australian)

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Anton Enus is a broadcast journalist with more than 25 years’ experience, and has been presenting SBS World News bulletins since 1999. He began his career at the South African national broadcaster SABC as a radio news reporter. He moved on to become a parliamentary reporter, current affairs producer, TV news reporter and TV presenter, often anchoring the morning news show Good Morning South Africa.

Anton was part of the team that covered South Africa’s historic return to democracy in 1994 and also filed stories from Rwanda, Burundi, Zaire, Uganda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He spent seven years as a correspondent for CNN World Report, a global news program, where he won Best International Report for his story marking the 25th anniversary of Chris Barnard's pioneering heart transplant. He also won the SABC Bokmakierie Award for radio current affairs. Before leaving South Africa, Anton presented the major evening national news bulletin. After travelling overland through south-eastern Africa and backpacking across India, Anton arrived in Sydney. In addition to reading the 6.30pm SBS World News bulletin, Anton hosts special SBS news events such as federal election specials, and has hosted the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism several times.