Former 7.30 Report host Kerry O’Brien, film critic David Stratton and author Oyinkan Braithwaite round out an Adelaide Writers Week 2019 program that’s heavy on journalists and political commentators.
In keeping with the festival’s Zeitgeist-baiting theme of ‘Telling Truths’, the state of political journalism in the age of ‘fake news’ looks set to be a recurring topic in 2019 with the addition of ABC legend Kerry O’Brien, journalist and author David Marr, Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy, Crikey politics editor Bernard Keane, New York Times Australian bureau head Damien Cave, and Guardian journalist Gabrielle Chan. Murphy and Keane will ask ‘WTF Australia?’ in a panel discussion of the same name on Tuesday, March 5.
The political theme continues with former Democrats leader Natasha Stott-Despoja, Australian Sex Party (now Reason Party) founder Fiona Patten and author and speechwriter Don Watson joining the likes of Bob Carr, Professor Gillian Triggs and Scott Ludlam in the 2019 program.
Newly announced emerging writers include Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite, whose hyped debut novel My Sister, The Serial Killer has just hit shelves, One Hundred Years Of Dirt author and social affairs writer for The Australian Rick Morton, and South Australian writer Molly Murn, whose first novel Heart of the Grass Tree is due in February.
Australia’s best-known film critic David Stratton and poet David Malouf join Marr in a rare programming trifecta of Australia’s leading Davids, while Ben Quilty, in town for the launch of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s major survey exhibition Quilty, will speak on art, advocacy and ambition on Monday, March 4.
For the first time Writers Week will also dedicate a day to teen and adolescent readers on March 3, including slam poetry from Laniyuk, Melanie Mununggurr-Williams, Audrey Mason-Hyde, Dominic Symes and Solli Raphel, who in 2017 became the youngest winner of the Australian Poetry Slam aged 12.
Historian Dr Clare Wright will replace Germaine Greer at March 6’s The Zeigtgeist Series: Rage, Rape and Revolution, whose withdrawal from the event was quietly announced earlier in January.
These latest additions join the likes of Ben Okri, Leigh Sales and Chloe Hooper announced in October.
Adelaide Writers Week
March 2 – 7
Adelaide Writers Week second announcement
Aunty Sue Blacklock
Dr Bernadette Brennan
Leta Hong Fincher
Natasha Stott Despoja
Future D Fidel
Kirk Wallace Johnson
Jing Jing Lee
Terese Marie Mailhot
Mads Peder Nordbo
Marlene van Nierkerk