Richard Fidler
Richard Fidler
Writer - Broadcaster

EVENTS

Sep
23
3:00 PM15:00

A Conversation with Richard Fidler About Conversations

Richard Fidler’s ‘Conversations’ has become one of Australia’s most loved radio programs and is Australia’s most downloaded podcast. 

Over the last twelve years Richard has developed a singular approach to interviewing, combining deep research with immediate empathy to produce a program which is never less than compelling. ‘Conversations’ draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may, or may not, have heard about - someone who has seen and done amazing things.

Richard has interviewed prime ministers, astronauts, writers and scientists, but the program often features remarkable people who are unknown to the wider world.  

It’s time someone had a conversation with Richard Fidler. 

Favourites interviews, the disasters, the how , the why and the art of ‘Conversations’,  this will be a broad ranging and revelatory conversation conducted by fellow ABC host James Valentine.

Audiences can expect a never-before-heard insight into the most popular broadcast interviewer in Australian history in this special live show experience.

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Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

A Conversation with Richard Fidler About Conversations

Richard Fidler’s ‘Conversations’ has become one of Australia’s most loved radio programs and is Australia’s most downloaded podcast.

Over the last twelve years Richard has developed a singular approach to interviewing, combining deep research with immediate empathy to produce a program which is never less than compelling. ‘Conversations’ draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may, or may not, have heard about - someone who has seen and done amazing things.

Richard has interviewed prime ministers, astronauts, writers and scientists, but the program often features remarkable people who are unknown to the wider world.

It’s time someone had a conversation with Richard Fidler.

Favourite interviews, the disasters, the how, the why and the art of ‘Conversations’, this will be a broad ranging and revelatory conversation conducted by fellow ABC host James Valentine.

Richard is the author of the best-selling books ‘Ghost Empire’; the story of his journey to Istanbul with his son Joe, to uncover the history of the lost civilization of Byzantium; and ‘Saga Land’¸ co-written with his friend, Kari Gislason.

In another life Richard was a member of Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS), which played to audiences all over the world.

Audiences can expect a never-before-heard insight into the most popular broadcast interviewer in Australian history in this special live show experience.

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May
3
1:30 PM13:30

Sydney Writers' Festival: Saga Land

ABC’s Richard Fidler and author Kári Gíslason are good friends connected by an unusual bond: a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland. Saga Land is the account of their journey across the island nation to uncover the true stories of the first Viking families who settled there in the Middle Ages, as well as Kári’s own quest to resolve a longstanding family mystery. The two appear in conversation with Tony Birch to discuss their travels and the folklore of a starkly beautiful country.

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Saga Land at Adelaide Writers' Week
Mar
3
5:00 PM17:00

Saga Land at Adelaide Writers' Week

Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason are good friends who share a passion for the sagas of Iceland. Filled with the rough and tumble of the Middle Ages – blood feuds, fearless women, murder – the sagas are amongst our greatest stories. This fascination takes Fidler and Gíslason on an epic journey of their own across Iceland in search of both the sagas and a family mystery.

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Perth Writers' Week: Richard Fidler & Kári Gíslason on Icelandic myth and legend.
Feb
24
3:30 PM15:30

Perth Writers' Week: Richard Fidler & Kári Gíslason on Icelandic myth and legend.

  • The Banquet Hall, University Club, University of WA (map)
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The Icelandic sagas are one of the world’s oldest and richest oral and written storytelling traditions. Authors of the new book Saga Land, Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason, talk about Icelandic myth and legend with ABC Radio’s Gillian O'Shaughnessy. 

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Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Saga Land on stage at the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

Saga Land - with Richard Fidler & Kari Gislason

A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful & bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kári Gíslason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages. These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown.

Together, Richard and Kári travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago. They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery -- a gift from Kári's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.

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Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Saga Land on stage at the Brisbane Powerhouse

Following a sold-out season in 2016, author Kári Gíslason and broadcaster Richard Fidler return to Brisbane Powerhouse to discuss their much-anticipated book on Iceland.

Join them for an evening of dazzling stories, sounds, and images featuring a gripping blend of family mystery alongside beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set in the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

The sagas, true tales of the lives of the early Viking settlers are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown. Together, Richard and Kári travel across Iceland, through fields and forests, across streams and fjords, to tell these powerful, seductive tales in the places where they unfolded.

And… to find out the truth behind a tantalising connection between Kári and the greatest of the saga authors.

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Aug
26
3:30 PM15:30

Richard Fidler in conversation with Sarah Ferguson at the Canberra Writers' Festival.

Join Richard as he talks with Four Corners' Sarah Ferguson about his tale of emperors and empresses, crusader knights, floating nuns, mechanical trees, Vikings, Huns, Goths and Khazars, and how he answered endless questions from his history-obsessed son Joe.

The Canberra Writers Festival draws out the unique qualities and values of a city with a strong affinity for writing and reading and builds a strong connection to the community.

Canberra has many vibrant and venerable national institutions especially those devoted to ideas and writing and an educated and creative population.

The Festival will bring together local literary, academic, business, media and political communities along with major cultural institutions.

The theme of the Festival is Power, Passion, Politics, reflecting the city's love affair with learning, knowledge and leadership. There’s a mixture of free and ticketed events as well as events for young and old.  

 

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May
26
6:30 PM18:30

The Sincerest Form of Flattery (SWF).

 

Sincerest Form of Flattery is a show like no other. Some of the Festival’s most daring guests find themselves standing on the shoulders of giants (and then metaphorically riding those giants on a comedy-rampage, destroying entire villages in their wake). Each guest is tasked with writing and performing a piece in the style of a literary great. Hosted by Ben Jenkins, this event unfolds like a literary covers night, starring Mark Di Stefano, Richard Fidler, Rebecca Shaw and Jeff Sparrow.

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May
26
3:00 PM15:00

Sydney Writers' Festival (SOLD OUT).

  • Sydney Writers' Festival, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road Walsh Bay, NSW Australia (map)
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You’ve heard him on the radio, seen him in the Doug Anthony All Stars, and his Conversations podcast is the most downloaded show in Australia. Now Richard Fidler has published his first book, Ghost Empire, which tells the story of a journey with his son through Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire. Richard brings his empathy and insight to this beautifully written tale of a clash of civilisations and the bonds of a father and son. The consummate interviewer is interviewed by ABC’s Ellen Fanning.

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