The evening takes a playful turn as the renowned wit of The Chaser’s Chris Taylor is met with some of the sharpest minds of the Festival. Candid and conversational, highbrow and low, strap yourself in for a lively chat that encompasses everything from pop culture to politics. Relaxed, rollicking and at times risqué, Chris joins My Dad Wrote a Porno’s Jamie Morton; bestselling author of the Captive Prince trilogy, C.S. Pacat and data editor of The Guardian US, Mona Chalabi.

Mona Chalabi (International)

Mona Chalabi is a data journalist. She is the data editor of The Guardian US and a columnist at New York Magazine. As well as co-producing a four-part documentary series about vaginas, Mona has written for TV shows on National Geographic, the BBC and VICE. In 2016, MonaÕs data sketches were commended by the Royal Statistical Society. The drawings, which are designed to make numbers more relatable, can be viewed on her Instagram account. Before getting into journalism, Mona worked in the nonprofit sector, first at the Bank of England, then Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration.

Chris Taylor (Australian)

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor is a writer, performer and broadcaster who's best known as a member of The Chaser team, responsible for television shows such as CNNNN and The Chaser's War on Everything. Chris is also one of the founders of Sydney’s live performance space Giant Dwarf. More recently, he's the creator, co-writer and producer of the upcoming Foxtel drama Upright starring Tim Minchin. He happily agrees to moderate any Sydney Writers' Festival event that Annabel Crabb is too busy to fit into her schedule.