The authors of two of this year’s most anticipated new releases, Arab-Australian writers Omar Sakr and George Haddad, come together to discuss their debut novels about family, history and identity, and Western Sydney. Omar’s Son of Sin is a story of growing up queer and Muslim that illuminates the bonds that bind families, and how they can break. George’s unflinching Losing Face reflects Australian identity back to readers, while testing the notion that facing consequences makes us better people. They share the stage to speak with Sarah Malik.
George Haddad (Australian)
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.
Omar Sakr (Australian)
Omar Sakr is the author of two poetry collections, most recently The Lost Arabs, which won the 2020 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry. He is the first Arab Australian Muslim author to win this prestigious prize. His debut novel, Son of Sin, is out now.
Sarah Malik (Australian)
Sarah Malik is a Walkley Award–winning journalist and writer. She has written for The New York Times, Guardian Australia, and The Sydney Morning Herald. She has also presented and produced documentary radio programs for ABC Radio National on everything from immigrant mental health to the rise of white nationalism. She currently works as a senior writer, presenter and editor at SBS. Her work focuses on asylum, domestic violence, class, race, identity, gender and literary memoir.