Sydney Writers' Festival 2017

Venue Tank 3 - On sale now

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.

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Tanks Arts Centre
46 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill


27th May 2017


Doors open 2:30pm

Live stream starts 3:00pm

Hisham Matar: The Return 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales: Our Reading Year  4:30pm - 5:30pm


2 hours 30 minutes


30 minutes 4:00pm - 4:30pm


Adult $15.75 (20 yrs+)
Government Benefit Card Holder $10.50
Seniors $10.50
Tertiary Student $10.50
Teens Go Free (13-19 yrs. Do not require ticket.)

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PG - Parental Guidance Recommended

Food and bar

Licensed bar open from 2:30pm.

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Companion card accepted

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