Nights at Carriageworks

Festival week is an opportunity to engage with challenging ideas, delve into the most pressing questions facing society and be exposed to some of the finest minds across literature, politics and journalism — it’s also a chance for a really great night out.

By night, Carriageworks’ Bay 20 will transform into a cabaret-style lounge, with specially crafted cocktails by Archie Rose on offer and an atmosphere that lends itself to relaxed, intimate, candid and sometimes provocative events. Discover what’s on when the sun goes down…

The Full Catastrophe

There’s something oddly satisfying about hearing true tales of plans gone awry, of personal disasters large and small, of embarrassing moments, of days when things couldn’t get any worse…until it did. Giant Dwarf’s podcast of schadenfreude comes to the Festival once again with a truly stellar line-up of local and international guests: hosts Sarah Macdonald and Rebecca Huntley will welcome Zack McDermott, Johann Hari, Emma Glass and Sam Dastyari to the stage to vividly bring to life the moments they wish they could forget. Settle in with a drink or two and prepare to laugh until you weep.

Story Club

If you want even more time with Festival guests at their most candid, don’t miss this special edition of Giant Dwarf’s Story Club, with the theme “Let us never speak of this again". An all Australian line-up of Debra Oswald, Mark Sutton, Susie Youssef, Anne Aly and Alex Lee will be sitting down in a giant armchair to share their funniest stories, darkest moments and shameful secrets in what promises to be a night of brutal self-deprecation and unfiltered comedic gold. 

Pretty for an Aboriginal

Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell’s podcast is sharp, funny, essential dialogue on the contemporary Indigenous experience that covers everything from sex, relationships, dating, power and race. In this special event, Nakkiah will be joined by international guests Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose), Cleo Wade (Heart Talk) and Glory Edim (of Well-Read Black Girl) for a frank discussion of the joys and challenges of being women of colour in the context of both Australia and overseas. Part celebration, part provocation, this live podcast recording is not to be missed.   

Gay For Page

This unabashed celebration of queer literature sees some of the Festival’s most exciting guests coming together to talk about the books that thrilled, titillated, emboldened and shaped them. Join Christos Tsiolkas, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Masha Gessen, Eileen Myles, Carmen Maria Machado and Pajtim Statovci for a masterclass in reading between the lines and a celebration of queer desire. Led by LGBT+ activist Sally Rugg.   

People of Letters

A thrilling selection of writers, performers and well-known Australians come together to share “a letter to my other half” in a funny, touching and intimate celebration of love in all its forms. Hosted by Angie Hart, this year’s duos are Jamila Rizvi and Ginger Gorman; Ceridwen Dovey and Arwen Summers; Liam Pieper and Sofija Stefanovic; Linda Burney and Anne Aly; Debra Keenahan and Sarah Keenahan; and Marcia Langton and Ruby Batty-Langton. With the Australian edition of Women of Letters on indefinite hiatus, this is a rare change to enjoy the lost art of correspondence live on stage as these luminaries of letter-writing share stories of the deepest, most long-lasting and meaningful connections — familial, platonic, romantic or otherwise.