Among the individuals who shape our creative, imaginative and personal selves, the influence and lasting impact of writers, artists and thinkers is irrefutable. So, in this special remembrance of writers past, Festival guests pay tribute to icons lost in the past year, eulogising and celebrating those giants in the sky. With Jackie Huggins (Sister Girl) on bell hooks; Sarah Krasnostein (The Believer) on Joan Didion; and Melissa Lucashenko (Too Much Lip) on Keri Hulme; and Clem Bastow (Late Bloomer) on Stephen Sondheim, this is an unforgettable celebration not to be missed, hosted by Susan Wyndham.

This event is open captioned.

Sarah Krasnostein (Australian)

Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein is a multi-award-winning writer and researcher. She is the author of The Trauma CleanerThe Believer and, most recently, Quarterly Essay 85, Not Waving, Drowning: On Mental Illness and Vulnerability. Her work has appeared in publications and journals in Australia, America and the UK. She has a doctorate in criminal law.

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.

Melissa Lucashenko (Australian)

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is a Goorie author of Bundjalung and European heritage. She has written six novels, including Too Much Lip which won the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award and Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction and founding member of human rights organisation Sisters Inside. She writes about ordinary Australians and the extraordinary lives they lead. Melissa’s next novel Edenglassie will be published in 2023.

Clem Bastow (Australian)

Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow's writing appears regularly in The Guardian, and she has written extensively for The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Big Issue. She has contributed chapters to books including Investigating Stranger Things (Palgrave MacMillan, 2021), ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) and Copyfight (NewSouth Publishing, 2015). She co-wrote and co-presented the 2017 ABC podcast Behind The Belt, a documentary "deep dive" into professional wrestling, and in 2018 she co-produced the first wrestling death match to be held on Tasmanian soil, Night Massacre, for Dark Mofo. She holds a Master of Screenwriting from University of Melbourne/VCA, and teaches screenwriting at University of Melbourne. Clem is currently undertaking a PhD in action cinema and screenwriting at RMIT University. Her debut nonfiction book, Late Bloomer (Hardie Grant Books) was published in July 2021. She lives and works on Wurundjeri land with her dog, Milly.

Susan Wyndham (Australian)

Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham is a freelance journalist and writer, book reviewer and awards judge. She is a former literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, and has written, edited and contributed to several books.