One of the Festival’s best loved events is back, with a stellar line-up of local and international authors. Reading from their latest works are Siri Hustvedt (Memories of the Future), Eimear McBride (Strange Hotel), Mirandi Riwoe (Stone Sky Gold Mountain), J.P. Pomare (In the Clearing) and Stephanie Convery (After the Count). Hosted by Suzanne Leal.  

Siri Hustvedt is supported by Rosie Williams and John Grill AO.

Mirandi Riwoe (Australian)

Mirandi Riwoe

Mirandi Riwoe is the author of Stone Sky Gold Mountain. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure's Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Award's fiction prize.

Siri Hustvedt (International)

Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt is the author of a book of poetry, six essay collections, a work of non-fiction and seven novels, including The Blazing World and Memories of the Future. She has a PhD from Columbia University in English Literature and is a lecturer in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. The Blazing World was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. Siri has been awarded the Gabarron International Award for Thought and Humanities, the Prix Européen de L’essai Charles Veillon from the Fondation Charles Veillon, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, and the Princess of Asturias Award for Literature in Spain. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages. Siri lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Eimear McBride (International)

Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride' s debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing won the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize and Irish Novel of the Year. The Lesser Bohemians won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. In 2017 Eimear was awarded the inaugural Creative Fellowship at the Beckett Research Centre, University of Reading. The resulting performance work, Mouthpieces, was recorded and broadcast by RTE Radio. Strange Hotel is her latest novel.

Stephanie Convery (Australian)

Stephanie Convery

Stephanie Convery is the deputy culture editor of Guardian Australia. She was previously the deputy editor at Overland Literary Journal and a freelance writer and arts worker. After the Count: The Death of Davey Browne is her first book.

J.P. Pomare (Australian)

J.P. Pomare

J.P. Pomare is the bestselling author of the psychological suspense novels In The Clearing and Call Me Evie. For the past four years J.P. has also hosted and produced the podcast On Writing. Originally from New Zealand, he now lives in Melbourne with his wife.

Suzanne Leal (Australian)

Suzanne Leal

Suzanne Leal is the author of The Deceptions, The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street. A regular presenter at literary events and festivals, she was the senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards from 2017 to 2019 and is a Board Director of Sydney Crime Writers Festival. A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is a senior member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and former member of the Refugee Review Tribunal.