Writers Martyn Burke, Hannah Kent, Anakana Schofield, Owen Sheers and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir read from their latest works. Catherine Graham hosts.
Martyn Burke is an author and journalist. His previous novels include Laughing War and The Commissar’s Report. He is also a documentary filmmaker, whose Under Fire: Journalists in Combat won a Peabody Award in 2013. He has written extensively for film and television, most notably as writer of HBO’s political satire The Second Civil War. Burke presents his new tragi-comic novel, Music for Love or War, which follows a Canadian sharp-shooter and a soldier in the US Army in their searches for the women they love.
Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. She is the co-founder and deputy editor of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. Kent presents her gorgeously written first novel, Burial Rites. Inspired by a true story, it recounts the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.
Anakana Schofield won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 for her debut novel, Malarky. Malarky was also nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and named on many Best Book of the Year lists for 2012 and 2013. Martin John, her critically acclaimed second novel, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Schofield contributes criticism and essays to the London Review of Books Blog, The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Globe and Mail and more.
Owen Sheers is a poet, author and playwright. His first novel, Resistance, was translated into 10 languages and adapted into a film. The Dust Diaries, his Zimbabwean non-fiction narrative, won the Welsh Book of the Year Award. He is also the recipient of the Somerset Maugham Award and the Hay Festival Medal for Poetry. He has been a New York Public Library Cullman Fellow and is currently Professor in Creativity at Swansea University. He presents his second novel, I Saw a Man, an utterly stunning novel of love, loss, the insidious nature of secrets and the transformative power of words.
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is a writer of both crime novels and children’s fiction and works as a director at one of Iceland's largest engineering firms. She is the recipient of two Icelandic prizes for literature, including the IBBY Award in 2000 and the Icelandic Children’s Book Award in 2003. She is the author of My Soul to Take, Ashes to Dust, Day is Dark and I Remember You, all of which have been European bestsellers. Sigurðardóttir presents The Undesired, her latest thriller about the investigation of potential child abuse at the treatment centre Krokur in the 1970s.