In books such as Joe Cinque’s Consolation and The Children’s Bach Helen Garner has built a reputation as one of Australia’s most adept and admired authors. Now, Bernadette Brennan has delved into Garner’s 40-year career with A Writing Life, surveying the events that influenced her artful prose. This panel assembles an all-star cast of Garner admirers – The Book Club presenter Jennifer Byrne, political commentator Annabel Crabb (The Wife Drought), columnist Benjamin Law (The Family Law), alongside Bernadette and moderator Rebecca Giggs.

This event will be Closed Captioned. The National Relay Service is available to assist with phone bookings. Call Roslyn Packer Theatre Box Office on (02) 9250 1988 or email boxoffice@sydneytheatre.com.au to book access tickets.

Jennifer Byrne (Australian)

Jennifer Byrne has emerged from 11 years as host of The Book Club on ABC TV with her love for books intact, and an ongoing curiosity about and admiration for writers. Trained in print at The Age in Melbourne, Jennifer has spent much of her career in broadcast media including radio host, pioneer reporter at Channel Nine's Sunday and twice working as a foreign correspondent, first with 60 Minutes and later the ABC. She is currently having a gap year.

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

Annabel Crabb is a writer and presenter for the ABC. She's also a keen amateur podcaster and co-hosts the inexplicably popular Chat 10, Looks 3 podcast with her colleague Leigh Sales, who lends credibility to the exercise. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and TV as a political journalist and won a Walkley award for Stop At Nothing: The Life And Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull. She published a bestselling book about gender and work, The Wife Drought, in 2014 and has published two cookbooks with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe, the latest of which is Special Guest.