In this series of events, join some of the writers you already know, love and trust as they interview the author of their favourite Australian debut from the last year. They may be your favourite writers, but they’re also some of our country’s most insightful and incisive readers – and these sessions reveal what they think makes a story extraordinary. Providing keen insights into the books they’re most excited about and the writers they’re tipping as new talents to watch, enjoy this special series of conversations between the authors you already love and the new writers they love.

“Ever since I read The Keepers, Al Campbells debut novel, I’ve been unable to stop thinking about it. Based on her own life, Campbell has written an extraordinarily powerful and confronting – yet spikily beautiful – account of a mothers care. Its highly original in form, but also feels like an urgent voice from a quarter often ignored.” – Annabel Crabb, The Wife Drought

Beloved Australian journalist and writer Annabel Crabb (The Wife Drought) sits down with Al Campbell to discuss her dazzling debut The Keepers.’

Al Campbell (Australian)

Al Campbell

Born in Brisbane, Al Campbell is a mother and carer, who writes. Long ago, she studied a bit, acted a bit, and pulled a lot of beers. Her first ever publication was a short fiction in Overland in 2020, with more recent essays in The Guardian and The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age. Al's debut novel, The Keepers, published in February 2022, was acquired by the University of Queensland Press only four months after typing, The End. Al is a lifelong AFL and Essendon tragic, who hopes to one day die on a 'Windy' Hill (though a really long time from now).

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is a writer and presenter for the ABC. She's also a keen amateur podcaster and co-hosts the inexplicably popular Chat 10, Looks 3 podcast with her colleague Leigh Sales, who lends credibility to the exercise. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and TV as a political journalist and won a Walkley Award for Stop At Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull. She published a bestselling book about gender and work, The Wife Drought, in 2014 and has published two cookbooks with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe, the latest of which is Special Guest. Her most recent Quarterly Essay is Men at Work.