Festival guests Anita Heiss (Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray), Emily Maguire (Love Objects) and Rick Morton (My Year Of Living Vulnerably) join hosts Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh from ABC Radio National’s The Bookshelf to discuss the books they’re enjoying and being challenged by.

Anita Heiss (Australian)

Anita Heiss

Anita Heiss is an award-winning author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, children’s novels and poetry. She is a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation and a Board member of the University of Queensland Press and Circa Contemporary Circus. Anita is a Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland and an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the GO Foundation. She is currently adapting her novel Tiddas (Simon & Schuster, 2015) for the stage. Her latest novel is Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams).

Rick Morton (Australian)

Rick Morton

Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and author of three non-fiction books. My Year Of Living Vulnerably (Fourth Estate, 2021) documents the rediscovery of love after a Complex PTSD diagnosis. His debut memoir, One Hundred Years of Dirt (MUP, 2018), became a national bestseller and was a finalist in multiple awards. He is also the author of On Money (Hachette, 2020). Rick is a senior reporter at The Saturday Paper where he covers social policy, national affairs and science.

Emily Maguire (Australian)

Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire is the author of three non-fiction books and six novels, including the Stella Prize and Miles Franklin Award shortlisted An Isolated Incident. She works as a teacher and as a mentor to young and emerging writers and was the 2018/2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. Her latest book is Love Objects.

Kate Evans (Australian)

Kate Evans

Kate Evans presents The Bookshelf on ABC Radio National (with Cassie McCullagh). She has a PhD in history, a lot of books and regrets neither.

Cassie McCullagh (Australian)

Cassie McCullagh

Cassie McCullagh presents ABC Radio Sydney's Focus program on weekday mornings at 10am, discussing contemporary social, political and cultural issues of the day. She also co-hosts The Bookshelf with Kate Evans on ABC Radio National, a weekly review of the latest Australian and international fiction. Cassie has also presented Radio National'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.