Two fascinating new non-fiction works explore our relationship to life, our bodies and mortality itself. In Bedtime Story, Chloe Hooper looks to classics by the likes of Brothers Grimm and JRR Tolkien to teach her own children about grief and resilience after her partner falls seriously ill. In her essay collection The First Time I Thought I Was Dying, Sarah Walker examines our unruly bodies and asks how we might learn to embrace our chaos. They share the stage with interviewer Anton Enus.

Chloe Hooper (Australian)

Chloe Hooper

Chloe Hooper is the author of The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire and Tall Man: Death and LIfe on Palm Island which won the Victorian, New South Wales, West Australian and Queensland Premiers’ Literary Awards, as well as the John Button Prize for Political Writing, and a Ned Kelly Award for crime writing. She is also the author of two acclaimed novels, A Child’s Book of True Crime and The Engagement. Her most recent work is Bedtime Story.

Sarah Walker (Australian)

Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is a writer, artist and photographer, who makes work about anxiety, control and intimacy. She is a Walkely-nominated critic, was runner-up in the 2019 Calibre Essay Prize and received the 2020 ABR Victorian Rising Star award. She is the author of The First Time I Thought I Was Dying, which won the 2021 Quentin Bryce Award.

Anton Enus (Australian)

Anton Enus

Anton Enus has been a broadcast journalist for more than 35 years, working initially in his native South Africa during the apartheid era and in the transition to democracy. For the past 20 years, he’s been a news presenter for SBS World News. He has also been an ambassador for Bowel Cancer Australia since 2014 and advocates strongly on behalf of the national bowel cancer screening program.