One of the Festival’s best-loved events is back, with a stellar international line-up. Reading from their latest works are Desi Anwar with Being Indonesian; Anuk Arudpragasam with The Story of a Brief Marriage, which takes place during the Sri Lankan civil war; Natalie Haynes with The Children of Jocasta, a modern retelling of the Oedipus story; and the celebrated Witi Ihimaera with his prize-winning memoir Maori Boy. Hosted by Patrick Abboud.

Please note: Annabel Abbs and Ha Jin will no longer be appearing at this event.

Patrick Abboud (Australian)

Patrick Abboud

Patrick Abboud is a Walkley nominated and multi-award-winning journalist, TV presenter and documentary maker. He’s currently an investigative reporter for The Project on Network Ten, and directs interactive documentary projects in collaboration with SBS Digital Labs and Google Creative Labs. Pat is the recipient of the 2020 Jesse Cox Fellowship and is working on a multi-platform true crime series for release in 2021. Pat founded SBS TV’s The Feed. His innovative long-form storytelling has been described as "must watch TV" (Guardian Australia) and as "documentaries every Australian needs to see" ( Pat has also co-hosted and directed content for the SBS Mardi Gras television broadcast. His pop culture interview series #PatChat has clocked up more than 30 million views across social media. Cosmopolitan named Pat one of the 50 most influential LGBTQI+ voices in 2017.