A master of popular criticism, The New York Times have christened Daniel Mendelsohn “our most irresistible literary critic”. Picking up on a conversation that began at Sydney Writers’ Festival five years ago, Daniel sits down once more with Australian writer and poet David Malouf to talk about their deep appreciation of the classics. In The Bad Boy of Athens: Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones, Daniel uses the ancient past as a lens to examine modern culture in a collection of essays that traverse everything from Sappho’s sexuality and the feminism that can be found in Game of Thrones, to the unexpected connections between Homer and robots. Join two of the world’s most erudite and sharpest minds for an intimate conversation.

Supported by Rowena Danziger AM and Ken Coles AM.

Daniel Mendelsohn (International)

Daniel Mendelsohn

Daniel Mendelsohn is the Editor-at-Large of The New York Review of Books and an award-winning memoirist, critic, essayist and translator. A longtime contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review, he has also been a columnist on books, film, TV and culture for BBC Culture, New York Magazine, Harper's and The New York Times Book Review. His books include the memoirs An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, the internationally bestselling Holocaust family saga The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, and three collections of essays, most recently The Bad Boy of Athens: Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones.

David Malouf (Australian)

David Malouf

David Malouf was born in Queensland, Australia, in 1934 and became a full-time writer in 1978. He has published poetry, novels, short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and has been widely translated. His recent publications include Ransom, a novel inspired by a part of Homer's Iliad, and Earth Hour, a poetry collection. He was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2011 and received the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature in 2016. His most recent volume of poetry is An Open Book. David currently lives in Sydney.