Winter is definitely here, and escapism is the name of the game. Literature provides us with countless havens, be it the world of Martin’s A Game of Thrones, Lewis’s Narnia, or Ferrante’s Naples. Notable Festival guests Durga Chew-Bose (Too Much and Not the Mood), Eliza Henry-Jones (Ache) and C.S. Pacat (the Captive Prince Trilogy) huddle up to discuss which fictional world they’d prefer to be in, right now. With ABC RN’s Michael Cathcart.

Durga Chew-Bose (International)

Durga Chew-Bose is a Montreal-born writer. Her work has appeared in publications includingÊThe Globe and MailThe Hairpin, Lenny LetterÊandÊThe Guardian.ÊHer debut collection of essays,ÊToo Much and Not the Mood,Êwas inspired by a 1931 Virginia Woolf diary entry. ItÊexplores culture, writing, and identity and the result is a lyrical and piercingly insightful collection of essays written in her own brand of essay-meets-prose poetry. Durga is currently teaching a non-fiction writing workshop at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

Michael Cathcart (Australian)

Michael Cathcart is the presenter of Books and Arts, the daily national arts program broadcast by ABC RN. In a former life, Michael taught Australian history at the University of Melbourne. He has presented several history documentaries for ABC TV and is the author of The Water Dreamers which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Prize for non-fiction. His most recent book is Starvation in a Land of Plenty a history of the Burke and Wills expedition and its interactions with the Yandruwandha people of Cooper Creek.