In this series of events, join some of your most beloved writers 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 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.

Join beloved Australian journalist and writer Annabel Crabb (The Wife Drought) as she sits down with Al Campbell to discuss Al's dazzling debut novel, The Keepers, a "confronting yet spikily beautiful account of a mother's love".

Bestselling novelist Hannah Kent (Devotion) speaks with SJ Norman about Permafrost, their debut collection of short fiction that updates and queers the Gothic and Romantic literary traditions.

Prize-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke (How Decent Folk Behave) speaks with Amani Haydar about Haydar's debut, the magnificent and devastating memoir, The Mother Wound.

"The Mother Wound is a beautifully written memoir, told with searing honesty and almost unthinkable generosity. That there sings as much community, love and triumph in this unravelling of a family tragedy signifies a master storyteller."

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Acclaimed poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland Evelyn Araluen (Dropbear) interviews Ennis Cehic about his electrifying debut collection of short stories, Sadvertising.

Miles Franklin–shortlisted author Michael Mohammed Ahmad (The Other Half of You) speaks with and thanks Mehreen Faruqi, whose no-holds-barred debut memoir Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud, restored his faith in Australian politics.

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.

"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!"

Trent Dalton