Most people know Molly Ringwald as Brat Pack icon and star of 80s cult films such as Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles. While continuing to act, Molly has also established herself as a serious author with the release of her debut novel, When it Happens to You, an accomplished series of stories that explore love, loss, betrayal and the dark underbelly of relationships. As American writer A.M. Homes said, 'With this auspicious debut, you might actually forget Ringwald is a film icon'. Molly speaks with Jane Gleeson-White about her writing.
The Artist of Disappearance
Anita Desai discusses The Artist of Disappearance and her extraordinary body of work, with 2012 Man Booker finalist Deborah Levy. Firmly established as the most revered Indian novelist of her generation, Anita Desai’s writing spans decades, continents and emotional landscapes. With her singular voice, she deals with issues of identity, place, language and loss. Anita has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times, has received the Sahitya Akademi Award and The Guardian Prize. In this conversation, Anita discusses the forces and motivations behind her incredible literary works.
Karl Ove Knausgaard: My Struggle
Karl Ove Knausgaard discusses My Struggle, part of his six volume autobiographical novel that intrigued the people of Norway to the extent that some workplaces had to declare ‘Knausgaard-free days’. By turning a frank and unforgiving eye on his childhood, adolescence, marriage and the death of his father - without changing any names - Knausgaard shocked his family and became a media sensation. He emerges from ‘virtual hiding’ to discuss the novel and its first two volumes published in English.
William Dalrymple: Return of A King
As Western forces prepare to leave Afghanistan this year, William Dalrymple looks at the first invasion by the British in 1842. Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan is the third, and arguably best, book in Dalrymple’s history of the British in South Asia during the early and mid-19th century. ‘This is clear-eyed, non-judgmental, sober history, beautifully told’ (The Guardian). Join William as he presents his important new book and discusses the parallels with the current situation in Afghanistan.
Are We Changing Sex or Is Sex Changing Us? at Sydney Writers' Festival
From sex experts to sexting, to the mainstream debate about same-sex marriage, we are arguably more open than ever before about sex. But is it us who have changed, or is it sex? And why is the West so different from the rest of the world? Join our sexperts, Cheryl Strayed of the beloved advice column Dear Sugar, Benjamin Law (Gaysia), Faramerz Dabhoiwala (The Origins of Sex) and Frank Bongiorno (The Sex Lives Of Australians), as they talk all things sex with ABC Radio National's Natasha Mitchell.
5x15 at Sydney Writers' Festival
Following sell-out events in London, Paris and New York, the time starts now for five speakers from diverse backgrounds and professions, telling the stories behind their most innovative ideas, abiding passions and deepest obsessions. Each takes to the stage with just two rules: no scripts, and only fifteen minutes apiece. Join them as Amelia Lester, Managing Editor of The New Yorker, opens up about how it all goes down; beloved Scottish author Jackie Kay explores the intimacy of strangers via a taxi-ride retrospective; hip hop artist and manager Tim Levinson (a.k.a. Urthboy) makes the case for unclean slates and new beginnings; internationally bestselling novelist Kate Mosse reveals the importance of female heroes; and renowned physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss argues that Star Trek saved the world.
The Public Philosopher at Sydney Writers' Festival
Harvard philosopher and rock-star moralist Michael Sandel in conversation with Julian Morrow. Up for discussion: the question of whether social justice is dead; the future of global education; online learning; the prospects for global public discourse; and the idea of the 'common good' in an age of markets. Sandel's new book, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, is considered 'one of the most important exercises in public philosophy in many years'.
Obama: The Digital Campaign - filmed at Sydney Writers' Festival 2013
Who can forget Barack Obama’s historic 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, with their groundbreaking use of social media as a powerful political tool and its record-setting online fundraising successes. Barack Obama's Chief Digital Strategist, Joe Rospars, and Stephen Muller, the Obama campaign's Video Director, offer an overview of how the campaign managed to unite and mobilise 13 million online supporters toward a single goal of electing President Obama. Recorded at City Recital Hall for Sydney Writers' Festival Thursday May 23.
Making Tracks - filmed at Sydney Writers' Festival 2013
In 1977, Robyn Davidson set off from Alice Springs for the Western Australian coast with a dog and four camels. After writing a National Geographic article about the journey she wrote what was to become the iconic Tracks. Three decades on, Mia Wasikowska is starring in the film adaptation, under the direction of John Curran. Robyn speaks to ABC's Michaela Kalowski, and they are joined by Emile Sherman, the film’s producer.