Join ABC Radio Sydney’s Richard Glover for a special Festival broadcast of Thank God It’s Friday! live from Riverside Theatres in Parramatta. Bringing you all the fun and unpredictability of TGIF, Richard is joined by a star-studded line up featuring singer Colin Buchanan, ABC Sydney’s breakfast presenter Wendy Harmer, comedian Tommy Dean and music by Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham. At 6pm, Richard interviews author Clare Wright and host of The Drum Julia Baird. 

Tickets have booked out for this special SWF edition of Richard Glover’s Thank God It’s Friday! at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta. But you can still be part of the action by tuning in from 5pm to ABC Sydney on 702AM either online or via the ABC listen app.

Supported by the City of Parramatta.


Richard Glover (Australian)

Richard Glover

Richard Glover’s most recent book is The Land Before Avocado: Journeys in a lost Australia. Richard is also author of Flesh Wounds, described as a comic romp for anyone whose family was not what they ordered. He writes regularly for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Washington Post, and presents the comedy show Thank God It’s Friday! on ABC local radio.

Julia Baird (Australian)

Julia Baird

Dr Julia Baird is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. She hosts The Drum on ABC TV and writes columns for The New York Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. After the publication of her first book, Media Tarts, she moved to the United States to take up a fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2007, she became senior editor of Newsweek in New York. Her work has earned her four Walkley Our Watch awards, a Walkley Award for team election reporting and two further Walkley nominations. Julia’s bestselling biography of Queen Victoria was published in several countries to critical acclaim and was one of The New York Times top ten books of 2016. In 2020 she published Phosphorescence which went onto become the highest-selling Australian non-fiction title of the year and has subsequently been named Book of the Year by the Australian Book Industry Awards, the Indie Book Awards and the ABA Booksellers’ Choice Awards.

Clare Wright (Australian)

Clare Wright

Clare Wright is an historian, author, broadcaster, podcaster and public commentator. She is the author of four works of history, including the Stella Award-winning The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. Her latest book is You Daughers of Freedom, the second instalment of her Democracy Trilogy. Clare co-hosts the Archive Fever podcast and has written and presented history documentaries for ABC Television and Radio National. She is currently a Professor of History at La Trobe University.