The 2010 Gala brought together twelve of our finest writers and storytellers. Their stories celebrated the diversity and depth of our City of Literature, a city built on voices from elsewhere.
This year, we’re broadening the conversation to include writers from near and far, to share their stories with us in their own words, in their own languages. From the universal to the intensely personal, the international writers' stories - told in French and Chinese, in German and Hindi - will be interwoven with contributions from our local greats. Stories will be translated into English.
Lyrical, intimate, funny and powerful, join us for another Gala Night of Storytelling.
All profits from the Gala go to Queensland flood relief.
Supported by the Australia-India Council.
Yannick Haenel is an award winning French novelist.
Sonya Hartnett is the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed author of several novels for adults and younger readers.
John Birmingham is the author of the cult classic He Died With a Felafel in His Hand and most recently the thriller, Without Warning.
Nam Le’s first book, The Boat, was translated into fifteen languages and received over a dozen major awards in Australia, America and Europe including the PEN/Malamud Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Book of the Year.
The Boat was selected as a book of the year by over thirty venues around the world, and its stories have been widely anthologised, adapted and taught. In May 2019, Le published On David Malouf as part of Black Inc's 'Writers on Writers' series. He lives in Melbourne.
Dagmar Leupold is a German poet.
Abha Dawesar is an Indian novelist based in New York.
Mem Fox has written over 38 books for adults and children including Possum Magic, which has sold over three million copies and is the bestselling picture book ever in Australia. Mem has been presented with many awards including an AM in the 1993 Australia Day Honours for services to the cultural life of Australia; an SA Great Award for Literature in 2001; the Prime Minister's Centenary Medal in 2003; and she was shortlisted for the Australian of the Year in 2004. She worked as an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the School of Education at Flinders University, South Australia for twenty-four years and is now an international literacy consultant.
Murong Xuecun is one of contemporary China’s most celebrated authors and the winner of the 2010 People’s Literature Prize for his most recent book The Missing Ingredient.
Archie Roach’s song ‘Took the Children Away’ won an International Human Rights Achievement Award and his first album Charcoal Lane featured in US Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 50 in 1992, going gold in Australia and winning two ARIA awards. Archie’s recording history – including 12 albums, soundtracks, film and theatrical scores – has been hugely successful, hitting ARIA charts and winning awards, year in, year out.