Presented by McCullough Robertson

Opening Address: Connection and Belonging with Lionel Shriver


BWF Member $25
Concession $30
Under 30 $30
Adult $35

Writer and straight-talking activist Lionel Shriver isn’t afraid of controversy. 

Her 13 novels, including We Need To Talk About Kevin, Big Brother, The Post-Birthday World and most recently, The Mandibles, have explored themes like motherhood, obesity, economic collapse, America’s health system, and terrorism – uncomfortable realities written from an outsider’s perspective. 

Lionel opens this year’s Festival with her reflections on why we identify with each other in communities, and how belonging to one group shouldn’t preclude us from exploring another. As a writer who inhabits unfamiliar and sometimes unlikeable characters, Lionel is a firm believer in branching out beyond the world she inhabits. 

With her trademark candour and dry wit, Lionel discusses breaking boundaries, and how writing about the unknown is a form of connection in itself.

For more on Lionel Shriver, read our Artist Highlight.

An AUSLAN interpreter will present at this event.


Thursday 8 September 2016

Duration 1 hour

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Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver’s novels include Big Brother, the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World, and the Orange Prize-winning international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her latest novel is The Mandibles, published in June this year. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Lionel lives in London and Brooklyn.

Bronwyn Lea

Bronwyn Lea is the author of four books of poems:  Flight AnimalsThe Wooden Cat and Other PoemsThe Other Way Out, and most recently The Deep North: A Selection of Poems. Her poems are also widely published in anthologies. Bronwyn reviews poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for a number of literary pages, and she is a Politics and Society columnist at The Conversation. She lives in Brisbane and teaches literature and writing at the University of Queensland.