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)

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Sarah Macdonald is a broadcaster and writer. She currently presents Weekend Nightlife on ABC radio for insomniacs and night owls. Sarah’s written for various publications and her travel memoir Holy Cow has sold more than a quarter of a million copies and translated into several languages.

Rebecca Huntley (Australian)

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Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's foremost researchers on social trends. For nearly nine years, Rebecca was at the global research firm Ipsos running the Mind & Mood Report, Australia's longest-running social trends report. She is the author of numerous books including Still Lucky: Why You Should Feel Optimistic About Australia and Its People. She is on the Artistic Advisory Board of the Bell Shakespeare Company, a board member of The Whitlam Institute and an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales.