At 11am, Sarah Kanowski, presenter of ABC Radio’s Conversations, hosts a live broadcast, drawing you into a fascinating real-life story. At noon, Kate Evans, Cassie McCullagh and Festival guests join RN’s The Bookshelf to discuss the books they are enjoying, as well as those that are surprising or challenging them. Be in the audience for these entertaining national broadcasts.

Francisco Cantú (International)

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Francisco Cantú served as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2017 Whiting Award. His writing and translations have been featured in Best American Essays, Harper's, n+1, Orion, and Guernica, as well as on This American Life. He lives in Tucson.

Sarah Kanowski (Australian)

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Sarah Kanowski is a presenter of the Books and Arts program on ABC RN. She has a Masters degree in English studies from Oxford University.

Kate Evans (Australian)

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Kate Evans presents The Bookshelf on ABC RN with Cassie McCullagh, after years of interviewing writers for RN Books and Arts and Books Plus, as well as working across a whole slew of other RN programs. She regularly appears on stage in conversation with writers and artists. She has a PhD in history, cannot get through a day without reading fiction, and has a wildly idiosyncratic system of shelving and piling up books.

Cassie McCullagh (Australian)

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Cassie McCullagh co-presents ABC RN’s The Bookshelf with Kate Evans, a weekly show discussing latest literary fiction releases with writers, critics and publishing industry insiders. Cassie hosts Focus on ABC Radio Sydney on weekday mornings at 10am, taking a closer look at contemporary issues. Cassie has also presented RN’s flagship social affairs program Life Matters, and reported on books, arts and popular culture. Prior to joining the ABC, Cassie worked in print journalism as a feature writer, news reporter and columnist.