Making its Sydney debut, Literary Death Match – named “the greatest reading series ever” by the LA Times and featured in 64 cities around the world – brings together four authors to read for five minutes or less before a panel of three all-star judges. They take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary in the categories of literary merit, performance and intangibles. The judges then select their favourites to advance to the finals where they compete in a vaguely literary slapstick showdown to determine who will take home the Literary Death Match crown. Hosted by Literary Death Match creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.
Sisonke Msimang (Australian)
Sisonke Msimang is the author of two books: Always Another Country: a memoir of exile and home (2017); and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela (2018) and has written for a range of publications including The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and Newsweek.
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.
Eunice Andrada (Australian)
Eunice Andrada is a poet and educator. Her first poetry collection Flood Damages won the Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry and the Dame Mary Gilmore Award. Take Care is her second poetry collection. Born and raised in the Philippines, she currently lives and writes on unceded Gadigal Land.
Claire G. Coleman (Australian)
Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is on the south coast of Western Australia. Born in Perth she has spent most of her life in Naarm (Melbourne). Her debut novel Terra Nullius was published in Australia and the US, and was followed by a second novel The Old Lie. Claire's most recent release and her first non-fiction book is Lies, Damned Lies: A Personal Exploration of the Impact of Colonisation, which was published in September 2021.
Matt Okine (Australian)
The multi-talented comedian, actor and presenter Matt Okine is one of Australia's favourite award-winning comedians. Okine performs sell out national tours of his live shows year in, year out, and has gained much popularity on the festival circuit. Matt spent three years co-hosting Triple J's hugely successful Breakfast Show before hanging up his headphones to go into production on the television adaption of his award-winning semi-autobiographical stand up show The Other Guy for Stan. Matt’s debut novel Being Black N Chicken & Chips was released in 2019 by Hachette Australia, with the teen edition released in 2021. This heart-warming coming of age novel is based on his 2012 live show which earnt him his Best Newcomer Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and also a Best Newcomer Nomination at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Matt is currently the host of Australia’s first daily breakfast podcast, Matt & Alex: All Day Breakfast, and is developing the film adaptation of his novel, Being Black N Chicken & Chips, with Wooden Horse Productions and the Oscar-nominated team at Aquarius Films.
Sara M. Saleh (Australian)
Sara M. Saleh is a poet, writer, activist, and the daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon, living on Gadigal land. Sara's writing has been published in English and Arabic in various outlets, and she has spoken and performed in classrooms, community spaces, and at festivals nationally and internationally. In 2021, she won both the Peter Porter and Judith Wright Poetry Prizes. Sara's debut novel, Songs for The Dead and The Living (Affirm Press) is out next year. She is a proud Bankstown Poetry Slam 'Slambassador'
Lizzy Hoo (Australian)
Lizzy Hoo is a writer, noodle enthusiast, designer, actor, rescue greyhound owner and stand-up comedian. She only started doing stand-up in 2017, but quickly found herself an NSW State Finalist in the national RAW Comedy competition. Since then, she’s performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival at the Sydney Opera House, and in 2021 she performed at the Oxfam Gala and to sold out audiences at Melbourne Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival.
Adrian Todd Zuniga (Australian)
Adrian Todd Zuniga is the host and creator of Literary Death Match; author of the award-nominated novel, Collision Theory; the WGA Award-nominated screenwriter of Longshot (featuring Mahershala Ali); and director of the short film Hold Me, Don’t Touch Me. He just moved to Australia, and is excited to become one of your best friends, and say yes to your house- and dinner-party invites.