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 guests including My Dad Wrote a Porno’s Jamie Morton; and bestselling author of the Captive Prince trilogy, C.S. Pacat. 

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.

Mikhail Zygar (International)

Mikhail Zygar is a Russian journalist and writer, and the former editor in chief of Dozhd, the only independent TV station in Russia. Under ZygarÕs leadership, Dozhd faced unrelenting attacks from the Kremlin, including laws banning advertising on private channels, forced staff cuts, eviction and the removal of the channel from RussiaÕs cable and satellite TV frequencies, shrinking its audience from 18 million households to 2 million households overnight. Prior to Dozhd, Zygar worked for Newsweek Russia and the business daily Kommersant, where he covered the conflicts in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Serbia, and Kosovo. He is co-author of the book Gazprom: Russia's New Weapon, which explores Russia's recent history through the currency of gas. His latest book, All the KremlinÕs Men, is based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir PutinÕs inner circle, presenting a radically different view of power and politics in Russia. Zygar is the founder of Project1917. Free History, an online project that enables participants to learn about the events of 1917 from those who lived during this defining moment of history.

Holly Throsby (Australian)

Holly Throsby

Holly Throsby is a musician and novelist from Sydney. She has released five solo albums, a collection of original children’s songs, and an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper (with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann). Holly has been nominated for four ARIAs. Holly’s debut novel Goodwood was a critically acclaimed bestseller, shortlisted for numerous awards. Her second novel Cedar Valley was published to rave reviews. It has been longlisted for the Indie Book Award.