Michaela McGuire on why she's looking forward to hearing Ece Temelkuran in this year's Festival:

"How To Lose A Country has been billed as 'a field guide to spotting the insidious patterns and mechanisms of the populist wave sweeping the globe – before it’s too late.' On every page of this remarkable book is a genuinely terrifying detail; a new warning sign to the world about the slow creep of populism and nationalism. Ece’s impassioned plea is perfectly on theme (and right on time) for 2019: she examines 'the insidious idea of ‘real people’, the infantilisation of language and debate, the way laughter can prove a false friend, and the dangers of underestimating one’s opponent.'"

Find Ece at Sydney Writers' Festival