This is a special Sydney Writers’ Festival edition of the Giant Dwarf’s The Full Catastrophe: a live show about when life was so bad, it was funny. Some of the Festival’s most distinguished guests come together in front of a live audience to confide about a painful and hilarious incident in their lives. Hosts Sarah Macdonald and Rebecca Huntley welcome guests Clementine Ford (Fight Like a Girl), academic Susan Carland, Miles Franklin award-winning writer Frank Moorhouse, performance poet Ivan Coyote and journalist Desi Anwar (CNN Indonesia).

Presented with Giant Dwarf.

Sarah Macdonald (Australian)

Sarah Macdonald

Sarah Macdonald is a broadcaster and writer. She currently presents The Evening Show on ABC Radio Sydney, NSW and Canberra. Her bestselling travel memoir Holy Cow! has been translated into several languages and is still one of the travel bibles of India. Her latest book is So...You’re Having a Teenager: An A-Z of adolescence. Sarah also co-presents The Full Catastrophe, a storytelling event and podcast.

Rebecca Huntley (Australian)

Rebecca Huntley

Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's foremost researchers on social trends. She is also an author and broadcaster. She is on the Board of The Bell Shakespeare Company and on the Executive Board of the NSW branch of the ALP. She is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Australian Parents for Climate Action. Her latest book is How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference.