Abdulrazak Gurnah is the author of ten novels: Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way, Dottie, Paradise (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award), Admiring Silence, By the Sea (longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), Desertion (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize) The Last Gift, Gravel Heart and Afterlives. The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 2021, he lives in Canterbury.
Sarah Kanowski studied English at the University of Oxford, where she wrote a thesis on the Mosley family.
Sarah then spent a year in South America before settling back in Australia. In Hobart she edited the literary magazine Island, until sun and grandparents beckoned her back to Brisbane where she now lives with her husband and three young children.
She presented Books and Arts on ABC RN and looked after Conversations when Richard Fidler was away.
In 2018 Sarah joined the Conversations team permanently, and presents the program on Thursdays and Fridays.