When internationally lauded Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto last appeared at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, she said her country was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Eight years later, The Runaways author returns to deliver an unmissable Closing Address about how that turbulence has seemingly spread far beyond her homeland’s borders. She reflects on the tectonic shifts that are occurring not just in global politics in a post-truth age, but also in relation to ideas of race, sexuality and gender.

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Fatima Bhutto (International)

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Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up in Syria and Pakistan. Fatima’s work has appeared in The Guardian, The Financial Times, Vogue and other publications. She is the author of five books. The Shadow of the Crescent Moon was longlisted in 2014 for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction and won the Prix de la Romanciere in France. Her latest novel is The Runaways.