What is it that writers do all day? Eda Gunaydin (Root and Branch), Suneeta Peres da Costa (Saudade) and Vanessa Berry (Gentle and Fierce) – all contributors to the Sydney Review of Books’ Open Secrets anthology – join Kate Fagan for a roaming discussion of the working lives of writers. They talk about creative labour, and the day jobs, side gigs and care work that must make space for writing. The writer at work is often mythologised as being distant from the cares of the day, but this panel reflect on the procrastination, distractions and economic precarity inherent in their lives. They reveal how imagination, aesthetics and desire infiltrate their day-to-day work.

Presented with the Sydney Review of Books.

This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.