What if Twitter were a parlour game, and instead of adding to a rapidly refreshing timeline you had a chance to rethink that thought? Watch some of your favourite writers think out loud as they defend and decide on the direction they want the conversation to go. Sydney Writers’ Festival Guest Curator Fiona Murphy is joined by Rick Morton, Osman Faruqi and Amy Thunig.
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Rick Morton (Australian)
Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and author of three non-fiction books. My Year Of Living Vulnerably documents the rediscovery of love after a Complex PTSD diagnosis. His debut memoir, One Hundred Years of Dirt, became a national bestseller and was a finalist in multiple awards. He is also the author of On Money. Rick is a senior reporter at The Saturday Paper where he covers social policy, national affairs and science. His forthcoming book, Growing Up In Country Australia, will be released in March.
Amy Thunig (Australian)
Amy Thunig is a Gomeroi yinarr (woman), education academic at Macquarie University, Director at Story Factory in Redfern, and has recently submitted her doctoral thesis (PhD). In 2019 Amy gave her TEDx talk Disruption is not a dirty word, and in 2022 her first book Tell Me Again will be published with UQP. As an academic, author, media commentator and panellist, Amy regularly appears on television programs such as ABC's The Drum, and writes for various publications such as IndigenousX.
Osman Faruqi (Australian)
Osman Faruqi is the Culture News Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Previously he was the host of Schwartz Media’s daily news podcast, 7am. He has worked as an editor at the ABC and was an award-winning reporter with the flagship audio documentary program Background Briefing. He has judged the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and is writing a book on race in Australia.
Fiona Murphy (Australian)
Fiona Murphy is an award-winning Deaf writer based in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, The Age, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue among many other publications. Her memoir, The Shape of Sound, was released in March 2021. It explores secrets, Deaf identity and sign language.