Three of the world’s most celebrated literary figures open Sydney Writers’ Festival, each delivering an address on the Festival’s theme of refuge. As many of us turn to literature for guidance and inspiration, contemporary writers have the power to interpret and influence our changing world. Critically acclaimed essayist and novelist Brit Bennett (The Mothers), Man Booker Prize-winning writer Anne Enright (The Green Road) and lauded author George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo) share the stage in an unmissable opening event.

Event includes Opening Night formalities. 

Brit Bennett (International)

Brit Bennett is an essayist and the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel The Mothers, which became a New York Times bestseller. In 2016 Bennett was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and won the NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize. Named as one of the 5 Under 35 Promising New Novelists by the National Book Foundation in 2016, the New York Times Book Review called her work Ôferociously movingÕ. Her writing is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel. Brit's Jezebel essay, I DonÕt Know What to Do With Good White People, generated more than a million hits in three days. She is currently working on her second novel.