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.

Clementine Ford (Australian)

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Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of the feminist manifesto Fight Like A Girl. Her most recent book is Boys Will Be Boys.

Sarah Macdonald (Australian)

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Sarah Macdonald is a broadcaster, writer and facilitator. She presents Weekend Nightlife on ABC Radio for night owls. She co-hosts The Full Catastrophe with Rebecca Huntley – a feel good storytelling event about when life got so bad it was funny. Her best selling book Holy Cow has sold around the world and been translated into several languages. It's become a travellers bible (albeit usually black market) and is currently in development for television. She reads. A lot.

Rebecca Huntley (Australian)

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Rebecca Huntley is a writer, broadcaster and social researcher. She writes for ABC Life and presents The History Listen on Radio National. She is the author of numerous books. She is an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales and is on the board of The Whitlam Institute.