In this series of events, join some of our most beloved writers as they interview the author of their favourite Australian debut from the last year. They may be our favourite writers, but they’re also some of the most insightful and incisive readers in the country – 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.

“I bought David Williamson’s Home Truths for my wife for Christmas, which was a bit like the time Homer Simpson bought Marge a 10-pin bowling ball for her birthday. The defining memoir of a personal writing hero and a cultural titan. Why he did it, how he does it, who he did it with and how the heck he keeps on doing it! What a gift.” – Trent Dalton Love Stories

Bestselling writer Trent Dalton (Love Stories) shares the stage with legendary playwright David Williamson to discuss David’s revealing and long-awaited memoir Home Truths.

Supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

David Williamson (Australian)

David Williamson

David Williamson is one of Australia's best known and most widely performed playwrights and a leading screenwriter. Over a span of 50 years he has written over 50 plays performed internationally and over 20 films and television series'. He was the first person outside Britain to receive the George Devine Award for an original play, and his many other awards include 12 Australian Writers' Guild AWGIE Awards, five Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Screenplay and, in 1996, The United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award. In 2005 David was given the Richard Lane Award for services to the Australian Writers' Guild. David has also received four honorary doctorates and been made an Officer of the Order of Australia, and been named one of Australia's National Living Treasures. In 2021, David released his memoir Home Truths.

Trent Dalton (Australian)

Trent Dalton is a two-time Walkley Award-winning journalist and the author of Boy Swallows Universe and All Our Shimmering Skies. His latest work of non-fiction, Love Stories, is the extraordinary culmination of the two months he spent sitting on the corner of Adelaide and Albert Streets in Brisbane, asking 200 strangers to tell him a love story.