Listen: The Bookshelf, Radio National.

I was so delighted to be involved with this special edition of The Bookshelf with Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh, which was recorded live at the State Library of NSW for Radio National’s Big Weekend of Books.

Writers Hayley Scrivenor, Michael Brissenden and Yumna Kassab join Kate and Cassie onstage to talk libraries, stories, trauma, failure, children, Australian identity and more in this Big Weekend of Books edition of The Bookshelf


Michael Brissenden, political journalist and foreign correspondent (who retired from the ABC in 2022). He is also a crime novelist whose Sid Allen series includes The List and Dead Letters

Hayley Scrivenor, writer with a PhD on collective narrators in fiction and former director of the Wollongong Writers Festival. Her debut novel is Dirt Town

Yumna Kassab, novelist and science teacher. Her books include House of YoussefAustraliana and the forthcoming The Lovers


Michael Brissenden, Dead Letters, Hachette

Hayley Scrivenor, Dirt Town, Pan Macmillan

Yumna Kassab, Australiana: A Novel., Ultimo Press


  • Kate Evans, Presenter
  • Cassie McCullagh, Presenter
  • Sarah Corbett, Producer
  • Rhiannon Brown, Executive Producer
  • Eden Trickett, Sound Engineer