In what's become an annual pre-Festival highlight, we are pleased to once again have some of our most esteemed guests take the stage at the ABC studios for a special Sydney Writers' Festival edition of Q&A.
Tune in Monday 30 April at 9:35pm and join the conversation using #qanda and #sydneywritersfestival.
Q&A can be viewed via live stream on ABC iView and free-to-air television.
Read on to learn more about our Q&A guests who will be joining host Tony Jones: Katy Tur, Masha Gessen, Wesley Morris and Alexis Okeowo.
For 500 days, Katy Tur followed Donald Trump around the US to document and fact-check his volatile bid for presidency, becoming part of the first women-led politics team in the history of US network news. She was regularly singled out by Trump and threatened by his supporters. Katy is the recipient of a 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, and Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History became an instant New York Times bestseller.
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Award-winning New Yorker journalist and Putin biographer Masha Gessen has been blacklisted by the Kremlin press office for nearly twenty years and was the first journalist to receive what she describes as the “great honour”. Masha was born in Russia before emigrating to the United States in 2013, after the Kremlin launched its anti-gay campaign. She became a persistent critic of Putin’s regime, resulting in an unexpected private meeting with the man himself, followed by her being threatened, having her phone tapped and home watched. Masha is all too familiar with the push and pull of power, and her unparalleled insight into
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A writer with eclectic interests and a knack for dissecting complex topics such as race, culture and gender in ways that just make sense, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Wesley Morris is a critic-at-large at the New York Timesand a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine. He also hosts the phenomenally popular podcast Still Processing with Jenna Wortham. Wesley's first Festival event sold out in a flash so best to move quickly for your chance to attend one of his panel discussions
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A staff writer for The New Yorker, Alexis Okeowo is a writer of singular talent. Her book, A Moonless, Starless Sky, was written after years of reporting in Africa — and provides an alternative narrative to the dominant tales of victimhood and despair. Instead, her reportage takes us into the lives of ordinary Africans whose small acts of defiance and heroism are counterpoints to the harsh realities of life. “That is the thing about fighting extremism,” Alexis writes. “Each victory, tiny and large, can feel monumental.”