Festival guests Damon Galgut (The Promise), George Haddad (Losing Face) and Jackie Huggins (Sister Girl and Jack of Hearts: QX11594) join hosts Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh from ABC RN’s The Bookshelf to discuss the books they’re enjoying and being challenged by.

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George Haddad (Australian)

George Haddad

George Haddad is a writer and artist practicing on Gadigal land. His work explores identity and the limitations of language. In 2016 he won the Viva la Novella prize for Populate and Perish and in 2018 he won the Neilma Sidney prize for his short story Kátharsis. George is a doctoral candidate and sessional tutor at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. His new novel Losing Face is published in May.

Damon Galgut (International)

Damon Galgut

Damon Galgut is the author of nine novels. He won the Booker Prize 2021 for The Promise, having been shortlisted for the prize twice before (The Good Doctor and In A Strange Room). He lives and works in Cape Town.

Jackie Huggins (Australian)

Jackie Huggins

Jackie Huggins is Bidjara and Birri Gubba Juru from Queensland. Her involvement in Aboriginal affairs spans four decades in community, non-government and government spheres, namely reconciliation, women's issues, social justice and education. Currently she is working on Treaty for Queensland. She is also a trained historian. Her new edition of Sister Girl: Reflections on Tiddaism, Identity and Reconciliation, first published in 1998, was released in January and her biography of her father Jack of Hearts QX11594 is released in April.

Kate Evans (Australian)

Kate Evans

Kate Evans presents The Bookshelf on ABC Radio National (with co-host Cassie McCullagh). She has a PhD in history, too many books, and a tendency to over use post-it notes for fear of forgetting a beautifully-turned phrase.

Cassie McCullagh (Australian)

Cassie McCullagh

Cassie McCullagh presents ABC Radio Sydney's Mornings program on weekday mornings. 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.