Getting lost in a book is more than just a turn of phrase; a great read can transport us to continents and cultures far beyond our own. In lieu of travel, what books can we count on to carry us across the globe or to different times? Join a panel of renowned guests and literary travellers as they celebrate the escapist joys of reading and reveal the writers they rely on to whisk them away from their reading nooks to far-flung locales. Featuring Tegan Bennett Daylight, Richard Fidler, Heather Rose and Maxine Beneba Clarke in conversation with ABC RN’s Kate Evans.

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival.  

This recording is available on all major podcast platforms.


Richard Fidler (Australian)

Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire and the co-author of Saga Land, a journey into the sagas of Iceland, which was awarded the 2018 Indie Book Award for non-fiction. Richard is best known as a presenter of ABC Radio's Conversations. The program attracts a large listening audience around the nation and is the most popular podcast in Australia. His new book, The Golden Maze, is a biography of Prague, inspired by his experience of the city’s 1989 Velvet Revolution.

Heather Rose (Australian)

Heather Rose

Heather Rose is the award-winning Australian author of eight novels. Her new novel is the bestselling political thriller Bruny. Heather writes for both adults and children. Her work spans literary fiction, crime, magical realism, satire, thriller and fantasy. Her seventh novel – The Museum of Modern Love – won the 2017 Stella Prize, Christina Stead Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize. It has been published internationally, translated into numerous languages, and is being adapted for both the stage and the screen. Heather is also one half of children’s author Angelica Banks with co-writer Danielle Wood. Their Tuesday McGillycuddy Adventure series for middle-grade readers is published internationally and has twice been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards. Heather lives by the sea in Tasmania.

Maxine Beneba Clarke (Australian)

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of over ten books for children and adults, including the critically acclaimed childhood memoir The Hate Race, the ABIA award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the Victorian Premier's Award winning poetry collection Carrying the World, the Boston Globe/Horn Prize and CBCA award-winning picture book The Patchwork Bike and her newly released picture book When We Say Black Lives Matter. In 2019, she was the inaugural Poet Laureate for The Saturday Paper.

Tegan Bennett Daylight (Australian)

Tegan Bennett Daylight

Tegan Bennett Daylight is a writer, teacher and critic. She is the author of three novels: Bombora, What Falls Away and Safety, as well as several books for children and teenagers. Her collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms, was published in July 2015, and was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal, the Steele Rudd Award and the 2016 Stella Prize. Her book of essays, The Details, was published by Scribner in July 2020. She works as a lecturer in English and Creative Writing, and lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney with her husband and two children.

Kate Evans (Australian)

Kate Evans

Kate Evans presents The Bookshelf on ABC Radio National (with Cassie McCullagh). She has a PhD in history, a lot of books and regrets neither.