Sydney Writers' Festival

Sat 27 May

Be part of the conversation as one of Australia's best-loved literature forums beams into Cairns, direct from Sydney.

Live from Sydney Writers' Festival, Tanks presents two important conversations: writer Hisham Matar discussing his memoir The Return, and some bookish banter from Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales.

At 19, Hisham Matar’s Libyan father was kidnapped and held in a secret prison in Libya. Matar never saw his father again. His unflinching memoir charts a son’s search for his father’s fate. Matar talks to Fairfax Literary editor Jason Steger about how his search was both an effort to reconcile his loss and a harrowing journey into history, politics, art and the brutal legacy of corrupted power.

Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales are acclaimed journalists by day, keen readers by night. This beloved double act has charmed Australia with their unmistakable chemistry, characterised by and quick-witted banter. Here, they look back on a year in reading – sharing the books that moved or amused them, and the ones that put them to sleep.

COST: $15.75 / $10.50 (CONC) inc b/f | teens go free (13 – 19) (PG)
DOORS/BAR: 2.30pm
STREAM STARTS: 3-4pm Hisham Matar: The Return | 4-4.30pm Interval |
4.30-5.30pm Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales: Our Reading Year
VENUE: Tank 3 (fully seated)


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