Some of the Festival’s cleverest minds come together to celebrate their favourite queer texts. Taking stock of everything from Proust to Palahniuk, Winterson to Walker, they pay homage to the queer writers and characters who were their literary heroes (or crushes), and reflect on how these texts have inspired their own writing today. Don’t miss Nicole Dennis-Benn, Tomasz Jedrowski, Daniel Lavery (formerly Daniel Mallory Ortberg), Daniel Mendelsohn, Claire G. Coleman and Ronnie Scott with ever-charming compère Krissy Kneen.

Supported by the University of Sydney. Daniel Mendelsohn is 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.

Ronnie Scott (Australian)

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott is an essayist and critic. In 2007 he founded The Lifted Brow, an independent literary magazine. He is a lecturer in creative writing at RMIT. The Adversary is his first novel.

Nicole Dennis-Benn (International)

Nicole Dennis-Benn

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the bestselling novel Patsy. Her debut novel Here Comes the Sun was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction and was a finalist for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Nicole is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Grant and the 2018 Caribbean Life Impact Award. Her writing has been awarded a Richard and Julie Logsdon Fiction Prize, and two of her stories have been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in Fiction.

Tomasz Jedrowski (International)

Tomasz Jedrowski

Tomasz Jedrowski is a graduate of Cambridge University and Université de Paris. He was born in Germany to Polish parents and has lived in several countries, including Poland. He now lives in the Forest of Orleans in France. Tomasz speaks five languages and writes in English. Swimming in the Dark is his first novel.

Daniel Lavery (International)

Daniel Lavery

Daniel Lavery (formerly Daniel Mallory Ortberg) is the 'Dear Prudence' advice columnist at Slate, the Co-Founder of The Toast, and the New York Times bestselling author of Texts From Jane Eyre and The Merry Spinster. Something That May Shock and Discredit You is his latest collection of essays about religion, pop culture and transition.

Claire G. Coleman (Australian)

Claire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is on the south coast of Western Australia. Her novel Terra Nullius won a black&write! Fellowship and a Norma K. Hemming Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Aurealis Science Fiction Award. She writes poetry, short-fiction and essay and has been published widely. The Old Lie is her second novel.

Krissy Kneen (Australian)

Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of nine books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She was shortlisted for the Stella Prize in 2018 and won the Thomas Shapcott Award in 2014. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC TV and is currently developing TV series and Feature films with STAN and SBS and Madman entertainment.