This is a special Sydney Writers’ Festival edition of the Giant Dwarf’s The Full Catastrophe: a live show about when life was so bad, it was funny. Some of the Festival’s most distinguished guests come together in front of a live audience to confide about a painful and hilarious incident in their lives. Hosts Sarah Macdonald and Rebecca Huntley welcome guests Clementine Ford (Fight Like a Girl), academic Susan Carland, Miles Franklin award-winning writer Frank Moorhouse, performance poet Ivan Coyote and journalist Desi Anwar (CNN Indonesia).

Presented with Giant Dwarf.

Sarah Macdonald (Australian)

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Sarah Macdonald is a broadcaster, writer and facilitator. She currently hosts Weekend Nightlife on ABC Radio across Australia Friday to Sunday nights. Her best selling book Holy Cow has been translated into several languages and sold around the world and is one of the current travel bibles to India. It is currently in development for a TV series. Sarah is the co-creator and co-host of The Full Catastrophe a quarterly event at Giant Dwarf that is part storytelling part group therapy part primal scream.

Rebecca Huntley (Australian)

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Rebecca Huntley is a social researcher, writer and broadcaster. Her recent book is Still Lucky: Why You Should Feel Optimistic About Australia and Its People. She is the head of research at Essential Media/UMR, AN an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at UNSW and on the Artistic Advisory Board of the Bell Shakespeare Company and on the board of The Whitlam Institute.