2018 Sydney Writers' Festival Program Guide

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, Sydney Writers Festival is supported by Barangaroo Delivery Authority, a NSW Government Agency

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Christina Boyce & Stephen Roberts Alan & Sue Cameron Robert G Cameron AO & Paula Cameron David & Juliet Clarke Sally Cousens & John Stuckey Marion Dixon Catherine & Whitney Drayton Roslyn Espie Danny Goldberg OAM & Lisa Goldberg Andrea Govaert & Wik Farwerck Mrs Megan Grace & Brighton Grace Alexa Haslingden Susan & Jeffrey Hauser

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SWF BOARD

HOSPITALITY PARTNERS

Mark Scott – Chair Nikki Christer Annabel Crabb Jo Dyer Amelia Lester

Lena Nahlous Kathy Shand Emile Sherman Su-Ming Wong

SWF STAFF MEDIA PARTNERS

CONTRIBUTORS

Michaela McGuire Artistic Director

Travis Green Ticketing & CRM Manager

Jo Dyer CEO

Erin Garman Ticketing Specialist

Clare Sawyer Head of Children’s & YA Programs

Andy Lysle Production Manager

Tamara Zimet Program Manager

Emily Herdman Production Coordinator

Daniela Baldry Programming & Admin Assistant

Sierra Bell Production Coordinator

Stephen Attfield Head of Development

Nathalie Taylor Ground Transport Coordinator

Mouche Phillips Partnerships Manager

Gene Smith Project Coordinator

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Natasha Younger Finance & Administration Manager

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BROW T H E L I FT E D

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Welcome

A Message from the Artistic Director

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he ever-expanding reckoning of the past few months has progressed at an extraordinary pace as journalists have taken on the role of quasi-litigators and careers have been toppled. This atmospheric shift means that many are questioning what it means to have power — who holds it, how has it been abused and misused, why, and how it can be wrested back. If hard times make for good art, perhaps it’s no surprise we’ve seen some truly great art in the past 12 months. This was a year in which old power structures began to tremble under the collective weight of the bullshit they held up. Finally, long-silenced voices rose together and became a movement. This was a year in which a super-hero movie adapted from a comic book, revitalised by one of the leading African-American thinkers, became one of the most important cultural and literary artefacts. A year in which voices from the margins and borders were amplified, and one of the most heartbreaking works of literature is a true story, a lament for a broken immigration system. Right across the Festival program, our guests will examine power and its adjacent qualities, and its relationship to sex, money, politics, identity and the state of the world. We’ll be making a firm case for literature, stories and public conversation helping resist the pull of a backward-lurching culture. To open the Festival, three of the world’s most celebrated literary figures — André Aciman, Min Jin Lee and Alexis Okeowo — will each deliver an address on the theme of power. Few writers today can conjure the full scope of love and longing as devastatingly as André Aciman. The Call Me by Your Name author will talk about his coming-of-age novel as well as his latest work, Enigma Variations. Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko is a deep, broad, addictive history of a Korean family in Japan, and one of The New York Times top 10 books of 2017. Alexis Okeowo’s A Moonless, Starless Sky is an enthralling work of literary journalism that forms a vivid tapestry of African people courageously resisting fundamentalism across the continent. Junot Díaz will speak about Islandborn, his exquisitely illustrated children’s book, which wrestles with the themes of identity and belonging that have underpinned his Pulitzer Prize-winning adult fiction. Cult writer Eileen Myles will discuss their provocative body of work; a canon that spans 20 books of poetry, prose and fiction, including the iconic queer autobiographical novel Chelsea Girls. For 500 days, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur followed Donald Trump around the US to document and fact-check his volatile bid for presidency, becoming part of the first women-led politics team in the history of US network news. Katy joins ABC 7.30’s Leigh Sales to discuss her darkly comic campaign memoir, Unbelievable. Amy Bloom, the bestselling author of Away and Lucky Us, was guided by 3,000 letters between American journalist Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt as she re-imagined one of the 20th century’s greatest love stories in her triumph of historical fiction, White Houses.

For five years, Francisco Cantú was a patrol agent on the US–Mexico border, a deadly crossroads for human trafficking and drug smuggling. His memoir, The Line Becomes a River, has been hailed by Vulture as among the most exciting releases for 2018. Francisco will discuss his book, which details his time guarding the Mexican border and his hard-won understanding of the complexity and human cost of the immigration debate. Masha Gessen, who wrote an acclaimed biography of Vladimir Putin, is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. Masha joins Moscow-based correspondent for The Telegraph, Alec Luhn, to examine the future of Russia, discussing her award-winning new work The Future is History. Emily Wilson is the first woman to translate The Odyssey into English. She’ll speak to Jennifer Byrne about her fresh perspective on the rousing tale of shipwrecks, monsters and magic. In a headline Festival event, Tracey Spicer, New York Times journalist Jenna Wortham and Washington Post writer Irin Carmon (who broke the story on CBS host Charlie Rose) discuss the #MeToo movement. They’ll examine its repercussions, how the media have handled (and mishandled) it and why Australia’s defamation laws may have prevented it from taking full flight here. One of the most talked-about novels in recent times, My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent, has been hailed a “masterpiece” by Stephen King. Michael Robotham meets the star debut author to discuss this challenging, confronting and virtuosic novel. Two of the The New York Times’ finest cultural commentators, Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, distil the latest in TV, film, celebrity and the internet. Join them for a special Festival edition of their podcast Still Processing. In a captivating talk, New Yorker staff writer Ben Taub will draw from his award-winning reportage on Syria to argue that malicious states are more capable of systematic atrocities than any terrorist group can ever hope to be. An Oprah’s Book Club selection and New York Times bestseller, An American Marriage is a stunning love story about family, injustice and marriage. Glory Edim meets Tayari Jones to discuss one of the most celebrated books of the year.

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Carmen Maria Machado’s phenomenal collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is macabre, erotic, comic and caustic. She speaks with Amelia Lush about her provocative stories that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. Pajtim Statovci talks with Peter Polites about My Cat Yugoslavia, Pajtim’s captivating debut novel about a young gay immigrant — and his talking cat — hailed “a marvel” by The New York Times. Helen Garner is distinguished by her ability to write with unsparing honesty about both her subjects and herself. The author, described by The New Yorker as “a recording angel at life’s secular apocalypses”, speaks with Matthew Condon about the role of observation and selfscrutiny throughout her career. It’s been almost six years since a freshly deposed Julia Gillard offered more insight into the problems that plagued her term in office than three years’ worth of editorials combined. “The reaction to being the first female prime minister does not explain everything about my time in the prime ministership, nor does it explain nothing about my prime ministership,” she said, before imploring the nation to “think in a sophisticated way about those shades of grey”. In an electrifying Sydney Town Hall discussion, Gillard discusses power and gender in conversation with ABC’s Laura Tingle. At Chatswood Concourse, Michael Robotham talks to Jane Harper about her gripping mystery, Force of Nature. At Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Richard Glover sits down with Jacqui Lambie to talk about her explosive memoir, Rebel With a Cause, and Hamish Macdonald interviews Peter Greste about The First Casualty. We’re thrilled to be presenting All-Day YA in Parramatta, with international stars Patrick Ness and Jesse Andrews headlining a packed program of award-winning Australian authors including Alice Pung, Jay Kristoff and Shaun Tan. Family Day will take over Carriageworks, with crowd favourites Chris Riddell and newly anointed Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans will descend on Sydney Town Hall to hear Jeff Kinney talk about the latest adventures of Greg Heffley in The Getaway. This year, the Festival has three guest curators: Sarah Krasnostein, Marcia Langton and Charlotte Wood, who have enriched the program with their unique vision and interests. You can find our curators’ events on page four of this guide. Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, her longawaited follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad, is an intricately woven, hauntingly beautiful historical novel. Jennifer will deliver the Festival’s Closing Address about the power of media, and her ongoing relationship with technology, as a threat, a structural inspiration and an everevolving subject. This May, hundreds of the world’s most exciting writers will converge on Sydney, at our new Festival Hub, Carriageworks. We hope you’ll join us.

Michaela McGuire Artistic Director

Contents 4-14 Guest Curators 4 Nights at Carriageworks 7 Thinking Globally 11 Festival Precinct & City

Festival Precinct & City Event Liftout

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The Curiosity Lecture Series

15 Family Program 16 Workshops 17 All-Day YA 17 Suburban & Regional 19 Blue Mountains 20 Participants 21 Venues & Bookings 22-23 WEBSITE Our website is your essential guide to the 2018 Festival, featuring up-tothe-minute information on the program, authors and events as well as important details about venues, facilities, accessibility and everything you need to plan a perfect Festival experience. swf.org.au SOCIAL CHANNELS Join the conversation using #SydneyWritersFestival and follow us at @ SydWritersFest EMAIL NEWSLETTER Sign up to our e-news at swf.org.au/subscribe to receive the latest Festival news, first access to limited release tickets and special offers from our friends and partners. PODCASTS Visit our podcast channel via our website or iTunes and explore highlights from past Festivals in our extensive archives. Selected 2018 Festival events will be released as podcasts from June onwards.

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MONDAY, MARCH 26 1 AN EVENING WITH GEOFFREY ROBERTSON March 26, 5.30–6.30pm City Recital Hall Angel Place Human rights advocate and trial counsel Geoffrey Robertson AO QC is one of Australia’s most formidable, inspiring and entertaining intellects. In this special pre-Festival event, he will reflect on his latest memoir, Rather His Own Man. $45/$35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

MONDAY APRIL 30 – THURSDAY MAY 3

Guest Curators This year’s program is enriched by three writers who have brought their unique creative vision to the Festival. Sarah Krasnostein has framed a series of events that discuss a taxonomy of resilience, looking at strategies for naming injustice and speaking truth to power. She’ll also look at empathy as sustenance, motivation, and as a political issue. Charlotte Wood contemplates laughter: its power, and how it can be used to tell uncomfortable truths. Marcia Langton examines rituals, taboos and the Indigenous rules of engagement.

MONDAY, APRIL 30 2 CERIDWEN DOVEY: IN THE GARDEN OF THE FUGITIVES April 30, 12.30–1.30pm State Library New South Wales Metcalfe Auditorium Award-winning author Ceridwen Dovey talks about In the Garden of the Fugitives, her breakthrough novel about obsession, guilt and the power of the past to possess the present. Presented with State Library New South Wales. Free, no bookings 3 NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS PRESENTATION AND COCKTAIL RECEPTION April 30, 6–9.30pm State Library New South Wales Mitchell Reading Room Up to $305,000 in prize money will be awarded at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards — a highlight on the Australian literary calendar. Join the who’s who of writing at this gala event. Presented with State Library New South Wales. $60/$55 (Concession and State Library Friends) sl.nsw.gov.au/ premiersliteraryawards

Charlotte Wood

76 SHARP INSTRUMENTS 95 AMY BLOOM: WHITE HOUSES 190 IF YOU DON’T LAUGH YOU’LL CRY

9 EDMUND. THE BEGINNING May 2, 7–8.20pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Brian Lipson’s EDMUND. THE BEGINNING brings to life historical figures including William Shakespeare and Harold Pinter in a funny and engaging solo show about the permeability of identity. $30/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

TUESDAY, MAY 1   4 OPENING ADDRESS: ANDRÉ ACIMAN, MIN JIN LEE AND ALEXIS OKEOWO May 1, 6.30–7.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 SEE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT, PAGE 4

10 INSIDERS LIVE AT SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL May 2, 7.30–9pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Barrie Cassidy leads journalists Malcolm Farr, Niki Savva and Laura Tingle through the political highs and lows of the year to date. Mike Bowers hosts a Talking Pictures segment with Fiona Katauskas and David Rowe. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

5 DERISION FOR HOME OWNERS WON’T SAVE YOU – DISCOMFORTING INNER CITY STORIES May 1, 7–10pm Knox St Bar Join MC Monique Schafter and talented Little Fictions’ actors Felix Johnson, Lauren Hamilton Neill and Ella Watson-Russell for an entertaining and thought-provoking evening of performed fiction. Music by Lax Charisma. $20 Bookings 02 8970 6443 eventbrite.com

12 COFFEE AND PAPERS WITH SMH: IRIN CARMON May 3, 9–9.45am Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop Coffee and conversation are worth getting up early for. Join editors and journalists from The Sydney Morning Herald with special guest Irin Carmon to see what’s making headlines. Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald. Free, no bookings

THURSDAY, MAY 3

Marcia Langton

Sarah Krasnostein

127 MARCIA LANGTON: WELCOME TO COUNTRY 145 RECOGNISE 183 TABOO AND OTHER BATTLES

121 SARAH KRASNOSTEIN: THE TRAUMA CLEANER 133 RESISTING UNJUST AUTHORITY 143 THE POLITICS OF EMPATHY

CUR13 BILLY GRIFFITHS: ON DEEP TIME DREAMING May 3, 10–10.40am Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15

to Jesus author John Dickson explores the complex, multi-layered and sometimes contradictory figure that is Jesus of Nazareth, in conversation with ABC’s Johanna Nicholson. Supported by Bible Society Australia. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

14 CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS: ON PATRICK WHITE May 3, 10–11am Carriageworks, Bay 17 Michelle de Kretser speaks to Christos Tsiolkas about On Patrick White, his vivid celebration of the Nobel Prize–winning author’s work that asks: What does it mean to us now? Supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

17 FAMILY TIES May 3, 10–11am Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre In conversation with Roanna Gonsalves, critically acclaimed Australian authors Debra Oswald, Holly Ringland and Sophie Green discuss how they captured the emotion, hardship and joy of family life in their novels. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

15 UTS ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH: LIGHT BORROWERS May 3, 10–11am Carriageworks, Track 12 Join us for the launch of the 2018 UTS Writers’ Anthology, Light Borrowers, including readings by contributors and the announcement of the winner of the 2018 UTS Anthology Writing Prize. Free, no bookings

18 GO GENTLE May 3, 10–11am Carriageworks, Bay 20 Intensive-care specialists Charlie Corke (Letting Go) and Ken Hillman (A Good Life to the End) join ABC RN’s Geraldine Doogue to examine important questions about end-of-life care and dying. Supported by Bupa Health Foundation. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

16 JOHN DICKSON: A DOUBTER’S GUIDE TO JESUS May 3, 10–11am Carriageworks, Track 8 Australian scholar and A Doubter’s Guide

19 BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY: DREAMING OF A BETTER SYDNEY May 3, 10–11am Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge City of Sydney Councillor Jess Scully,

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 6 STAGING OUR STORIES May 2, 6–7pm State Library New South Wales Metcalfe Auditorium Playwrights Louis Nowra and Stephen Sewell join critic and arts broadcaster Martin Portus to share their stories of surviving 40 years of Australian theatre-making. Presented with State Library New South Wales. $15/$10 Bookings 02 9273 1770 sl.nsw.gov.au/whats-on 8 PEN LECTURE: THE WAR ON JOURNALISM – HOW 9/11 CHANGED EVERYTHING May 2, 6.30–7.30pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Journalist and author Peter Greste explores how the War on Terror gave governments an excuse to use national security to clamp down on freedom of speech, and how journalists became the victims. This event is a fundraiser for Sydney PEN. A share of each ticket price goes directly to PEN. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

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Festival Highlight 4 OPENING ADDRESS: ANDRÉ ACIMAN, MIN JIN LEE AND ALEXIS OKEOWO May 1, 6.30–7.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 In this unmissable opening night event, André Aciman (pictured), Min Jin Lee and Alexis Okeowo each deliver an address on the Sydney Writers’ Festival theme of power. Event includes Opening Address formalities. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au André Aciman also appears in event 161, Saturday 5 May, 8pm at Carriageworks, Bay 17. Min Jin Lee also appears in event 58, Thursday 3 May, 8pm at Carriageworks, Bay 17. Alexis Okeowo also appears in event 184, Sunday 6 May, 1.30pm at Carriageworks, Bay 20.

curator and author Felicity Fenner and Keep Sydney Open’s Tyson Koh discuss the challenges facing Sydney in the 21st century with Clare Holland. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 20 JAMES MASKALYK: LIFE ON THE GROUND FLOOR May 3, 10–11am Seymour Centre, York Theatre Speaking with The Guardian’s Ben Doherty, emergency room physician James Maskalyk shares the story of Life on the Ground Floor, his gripping memoir of time spent between hospitals in Ethiopia and Canada. Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au CUR21 JOE GORMAN: ON SOCCER AND AUSTRALIAN MULTICULTURALISM May 3, 11.30am–12.10pm Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15 22 HOW THE NEWS HAS CHANGED May 3, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 SEE THINKING GLOBALLY, PAGE 11 23 IMMERSIVE HISTORIES May 3, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Historians Mark McKenna, Peter Hobbins and Adam Clulow talk to Caroline Butler-Bowdon from Sydney Living Museums about how they created rich and engaging historical narratives focused on evidence and a sense of place. Free, no bookings 24 DRAWING THE LINE: THE ETHICS OF TRUE CRIME WRITING May 3, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Peter Doyle (The Big Whatever) and Kate Rossmanith (Small Wrongs) delve into the process, ethics and experience of writing about true crime, in conversation with Rebecca Scott Bray. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 25 BECOMING THE STORY May 3, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre ABC’s Eleanor Hall talks to renowned fellow journalists Hugh Riminton (Minefields) and Jamelle Wells (The Court Reporter) about their memoirs and their coverage of some of the most high-profile stories of our time. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au   26 TARA WESTOVER: EDUCATED May 3, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Fairfax Literary Editor Jason Steger talks to Tara Westover about Educated, her incredible New York Times bestselling memoir of how she broke free from her childhood in a survivalist family and went on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 27 HOME TRUTHS: TELLING AUSTRALIAN STORIES May 3, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Three of Australia’s most exciting voices — Felicity Castagna, Melanie Cheng and Claire G. Coleman — join ABC RN’s Kate Evans to examine fiction’s role in telling uncomfortable home truths about our nation’s past and present. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 28 BALANCING ACTS: WOMEN IN SPORT May 3, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Stephanie King speaks to writer Nadia Bailey, BuzzFeed reporter Gina Rushton and Underbelly Arts’ Artistic Director Roslyn Helper about their contributions to Balancing Acts, which explores women’s experiences with sport in Australia. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au


Festival Precinct & City 29 SAGA LAND May 3, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 ABC’s Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason appear in conversation with Tony Birch to discuss Saga Land, the story of their journey to Iceland to uncover its folklore and resolve a longstanding family mystery. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

33 GODS AND MONSTERS: MYTHOLOGY IN FICTION May 3, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Nicole Abadee meets critically acclaimed novelists Danny Denton (The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow) and Eliza Robertson (Demi-Gods) to discuss the use of mythology in literature. Danny Denton is supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney. Eliza Robertson is supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

34 CHRISTINE MILNE: AN ACTIVIST LIFE May 3, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Former Greens leader Christine Milne joins editor of The Guardian, Lenore Taylor, to discuss her memoir, An Activist Life, which charts Christine’s journey from being an English teacher in Tasmania to a central figure in the Australian political arena. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 35 HISTORY’S NEXT GENERATION May 3, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Nick Brodie and Billy Griffiths, two of Australia’s brightest young historians, team up for a fascinating discussion about researching Indigenous history,

The Australian’s Chief Literary Critic Geordie Williamson talks to Miles Franklin-winning author Alexis Wright about how the charismatic Aboriginal rights activist and political thinker Tracker Tilmouth inspired Alexis’ return to non-fiction with Tracker. Free, no bookings

58 M in Jin Lee: Pachinko

CUR30 MICHAEL ROBOTHAM: ON PLOTTING THE PERFECT CRIME May 3, 1.30–2.10pm Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15 31 AND THE AWARD GOES TO ... May 3, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Be the first to hear from some of the 2018 winners of the prestigious New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, in conversation with senior judge Suzanne Leal. Free, no bookings   32 JOHANN HARI: LOST CONNECTIONS May 3, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Track 8 New York Times bestselling author Johann Hari sits down with Antony Loewenstein to discuss Lost Connections. Johann’s radical and controversial treatise on anxiety and depression challenges conventional wisdom about their causes and cures. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

CUR46 NICK BRODIE: ON THE NEED FOR MILLENNIAL HISTORIANS May 3, 4.30–5.10pm Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15 47 BREXIT PLAN May 3, 4.30–5.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Former foreign affairs minister Gareth Evans, author Stanley Johnson and Dr Danika Wright sit down with ABC’s Chief Economics Correspondent Emma Alberici to debate what lies ahead for Britain. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

Festival Highlight 58 MIN JIN LEE: PACHINKO May 3, 8–9pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 In conversation with Jason Steger, Pachinko author Min Jin Lee talks about her deep, broad, addictive history of a Korean family in Japan that The New York Times named among its top 10 books of 2017. Supported by the University of Sydney. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au national identity and historical myths, in conversation with Lisa Ford. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 36 STRAIGHT FROM THE HEADLINES May 3, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Two of Australia’s most respected journalists – ABC’s Q&A host Tony Jones and Four Corners reporter Michael Brissenden – appear with Louise Adler to discuss turning to fiction after decades reporting the news. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au CUR37 MELANIE CHENG: ON READING AND EMPATHY May 3, 3–3.40pm Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15 38 ON THE RECORD: HISTORICAL FICTION May 3, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Jennifer Egan (Manhattan Beach), Min Jin Lee (Pachinko) and Amy Bloom (White Houses) share their experiences researching and writing historical fiction. In conversation with Wheeler Centre Director Michael Williams. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

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39 XUE YIWEI: DR. BETHUNE’S CHILDREN May 3, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Hailed as one of China’s most charismatic literary stylists, Montreal-based Xue Yiwei discusses Dr. Bethune’s Children, his novel that illustrates the very human consequences of political and cultural repression, with Linda Jaivin. Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney. Free, no bookings 40 CAN CHILDREN’S STORIES SAVE THE WORLD? May 3, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Children’s Laureates Morris Gleitzman (Australia) and Chris Riddell (UK) bring their experiences and unique perspectives from their laureate roles to bear on the question, ‘Can children’s stories save us?’ $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 41 PAUL LYNCH: GRACE May 3, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre ABC RN’s Kate Evans meets award-winning Irish author Paul Lynch to learn about his third novel, Grace, a book The Washington Post called “a hybrid of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road”. Supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

42 COMMONWEALTH NOW May 3, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Join Selina Tusitala Marsh, Michael Wesley, Ngu˜ gi˜ wa Thiong’o and Jenny Hocking in conversation with Julianne Schultz as they interrogate the role of the Commonwealth of Nations at this time of geopolitical uncertainty. Presented with Griffith Review. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 43 STORIES OF SYDNEY May 3, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Vanessa Berry, Scott Bevan and Luke Slattery talk to Tom Wright about writing the unheard stories of Sydney – from the harbour to the ’burbs and momentous events to secret histories. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 44 BORDERLINES: STORIES OF MIGRATION May 3, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Matthew Condon meets Francisco Cantú, Sofija Stefanovic and Kapka Kassabova to discuss their critically acclaimed books dealing with migration, dislocation, and the physical and psychological borders that govern our lives. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 45 ALEXIS WRIGHT: TRACKER May 3, 3.30–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre

48 THE BIG BENT POETRY READING May 3, 4.30–5.30pm Carriageworks, Track 12 The Big Bent Poetry Reading features seven poets exploring all kinds of gender and queerness. With Yrsa Daley-Ward, Quinn Eades, Omar Sakr, Pam Brown, Allison Gallagher, Chris Edwards and joanne burns. Presented with Australian Poetry. Yrsa Daley-Ward is supported by the British Council. Free, no bookings 49 ROMANCE WAS BORN: A LOVE STORY WITH FASHION May 3, 4.30–5.30pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Powerhouse fashion design duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales chat with fashion editor Georgina Safe about Romance Was Born: A Love Story with Fashion, the fully illustrated story of their colourfully anarchic career. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 50 WARREN MUNDINE IN BLACK + WHITE May 3, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Controversial and influential Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine speaks with Caroline Overington about Warren Mundine in Black + White, the memoir of his journey from an impoverished upbringing to Labor Party president and federal political adviser. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 51 AXIOMATIC: MARIA TUMARKIN May 3, 4.30–5.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Maria Tumarkin is one of Australia’s most inventive non-fiction voices. She joins ABC’s Richard Fidler to talk about Axiomatic, her boundary-shifting interrogation of the role of the past in shaping our present. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

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52 GOOD SPORTS May 3, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Jessica Richards sits down with two of Australia’s most astute sports writers, David Hill and Joe Gorman, to dissect our national sporting obsession and how its development has reflected broader changes in society. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 53 DENNIS GLOVER: THE LAST MAN IN EUROPE May 3, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre ABC’s Annabel Crabb talks to Dennis Glover about his novel The Last Man in Europe, simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation and an unflinching portrait of George Orwell. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 54 SAM DASTYARI: ONE HALAL OF A STORY May 3, 5–6pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Former senator Sam Dastyari talks to The Guardian’s Bridie Jabour about his memoir, One Halal of a Story, the tumultuous year that followed its release, and the difficult adjustment to life after Parliament House. Free, no bookings 55 JUNOT DÍAZ: ISLANDBORN May 3, 6–7pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 SEE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT, PAGE 6 7 HELEN GARNER’S SAVAGE SELF-SCRUTINY May 3, 6.30–7.30pm City Recital Hall Angel Place Distinguished by her ability to write with unsparing honesty about both her subjects and herself, Helen Garner speaks with Matthew Condon about the role of observation and self-scrutiny throughout her career. Supported by ARA. $55/$35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 56 THE FULL CATASTROPHE May 3, 7–8pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 SEE NIGHTS AT CARRIAGEWORKS, PAGE 7 57 EDMUND. THE BEGINNING May 3, 7–8.20pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Brian Lipson’s EDMUND. THE BEGINNING brings to life historical figures including William Shakespeare and Harold Pinter in a funny and engaging solo show about the permeability of identity. $30/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 58 MIN JIN LEE: PACHINKO May 3, 8–9pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 SEE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT, PAGE 5 11 THE FUTURE OF RUSSIA May 3, 8.30–9.30pm City Recital Hall Angel Place SEE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT, PAGE 6 59 STORY CLUB May 3, 9–10pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 SEE NIGHTS AT CARRIAGEWORKS, PAGE 7

FRIDAY, MAY 4 60 COFFEE AND PAPERS WITH SMH: ALEC LUHN May 4, 9–9.45am Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop Coffee and conversation are worth getting up early for. Join editors and journalists from The Sydney Morning Herald with special guest Alec Luhn to see what’s making headlines. Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald. Free, no bookings 61 POETIC THREADS: THE LADY AND THE UNICORN May 4, 9–11am Art Gallery of New South Wales The Art Gallery of New South Wales and Red Room Poetry present a series of creative encounters and original

THURSDAY MAY 3 – FRIDAY MAY 4 McCullagh and Festival guests present ABC RN’s The Bookshelf. Free, bookings essential, 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

11 The Future of Russia

Festival Highlight 11 THE FUTURE OF RUSSIA May 3, 8.30–9.30pm City Recital Hall Angel Place Vladimir Putin biographer and The Future is History author Masha Gessen (pictured) joins Moscow-based correspondent for The Telegraph, Alec Luhn, and former Russia correspondent Monica Attard, to examine the future of Russia. Masha Gessen is supported by Rowena Danziger AM and Ken Coles AM. $45/$35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au poetic performances inspired by a rare masterpiece of medieval art, The Lady and the Unicorn. $65/$55 Bookings 136 246 artgallery.nsw.gov.au Ticket includes performance, exhibition ticket and exclusive access to The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. CUR62 ELIZA ROBERTSON: ON ASTROLOGY May 4, 10–10.40am Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15 63 JANE HARPER: FORCE OF NATURE May 4, 10–11am Carriageworks, Bay 17 Jane Harper sits down with ABC RN’s Claire Nichols to talk about her literary success, having her debut novel The Dry optioned for film adaptation by Reese Witherspoon, and her gripping follow-up mystery, Force of Nature. Supported by Audible. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 64 CERIDWEN DOVEY: IN THE GARDEN OF THE FUGITIVES May 4, 10–11am Carriageworks, Track 12 Ashley Hay speaks with award-winning author Ceridwen Dovey about In the Garden of the Fugitives, her breakthrough novel about obsession, guilt and the power of the past to possess the present. Free, no bookings 65 TOBY WALSH: IT’S ALIVE! May 4, 10–11am Carriageworks, Track 8 Gizmodo editor Rae Johnston speaks to leading artificial intelligence researcher Toby Walsh about It’s Alive!, his fascinating journey through the world of AI that predicts where it will take us by 2050. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 66 SOFIE LAGUNA: THE CHOKE May 4, 10–11am Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Miles Franklin–winning author Sofie Laguna speaks with Ailsa Piper about The Choke, her brilliant and haunting new novel about a child navigating a dangerous world. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 67 HUGH MACKAY: AUSTRALIA REIMAGINED May 4, 10–11am Carriageworks, Bay 20 One of the country’s most esteemed social researchers, Hugh Mackay, talks with George Megalogenis about Australia Reimagined, his passionate treatise about a growing societal crisis and how it can be reversed. Supported by BDO. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

68 MANAL AL-SHARIF: DARING TO DRIVE: A SAUDI WOMAN’S AWAKENING May 4, 10–11am Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Jamila Rizvi speaks to Manal al-Sharif about Daring to Drive, the powerful memoir of how she became the unexpected leader of a radical feminist movement to allow Saudi women to drive. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 69 MOHAMMED AL SAMAWI: THE FOX HUNT May 4, 10–11am Seymour Centre, York Theatre The Fox Hunt memoirist Mohammed Al Samawi tells of his breathtaking escape from the Yemen Civil War through a daring plan engineered on social media, in conversation with SBS World News presenter Janice Petersen. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 70 MEDIA IN FULL COLOUR May 4, 10.30–11.30am Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre The faces and voices in our news are still catching up with the diversity of the community. How can each of us make media more representative and fair? Andrea Ho speaks with Marc Fennell, Isabel Lo and Jeremy Fernandez. Presented with The Walkley Foundation. Free, no bookings 71 ABC RADIO’S CONVERSATIONS AND ABC RN’S THE BOOKSHELF LIVE BROADCAST May 4, 11am–1pm Carriageworks, Bay 21 Sarah Kanowski, presenter of ABC Radio’s Conversations, hosts a live broadcast from 11am, drawing you into a fascinating real-life story. At noon, Kate Evans, Cassie

CUR72 CLAIRE G. COLEMAN: ON FICTION, VILLAINS AND THE NATURE OF EVIL May 4, 11.30am–12.10pm Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15 73 THE FUTURE OF CHINA May 4, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 In conversation with Linda Jaivin, three uniquely placed experts – Minglu Chen, Robert E. Kelly and Xue Yiwei – discuss the political, economic and cultural future of China under Xi Jinping. Xue Yiwei is supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 74 DANNY DENTON: THE EARLIE KING & THE KID IN YELLOW May 4, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Sam Cooney meets Irish author Danny Denton to discuss The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow, a rollicking debut that has been described as a gangster ballad, a love story and a thriller noir. Supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney. Free, no bookings 75 ZACK MCDERMOTT: GORILLA AND THE BIRD May 4, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Track 8 An accomplished writer whose work has appeared on This American Life and in The New York Times, Zack McDermott talks about his memoir of bipolarinduced psychosis, Gorilla and the Bird, with Ben Jenkins. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 76 SHARP INSTRUMENTS May 4, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Charlotte Wood is joined by esteemed novelists Michelle de Kretser, Josephine Wilson and Craig Sherborne to discuss how their scalpel-sharp observations reveal the charm, cruelty and absurdity of modern life. Curated by Charlotte Wood. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 77 KIM SCOTT: TABOO May 4, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 ABC’s Daniel Browning speaks with two-time Miles Franklin-winning author Kim Scott about his highly lauded novel Taboo and asks about the role of fiction in navigating difficult questions about Australia’s colonial past. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

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Festival Highlight 55 JUNOT DÍAZ: ISLANDBORN May 3, 6–7pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Junot Díaz chats to Michael Williams about his exquisitely illustrated children’s book, Islandborn, which wrestles with the themes of identity and belonging that have underpinned his Pulitzer Prize-winning adult fiction. Supported by ARA. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

78 OMAR MUSA: MILLEFIORI May 4, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Poet and hip-hop artist Omar Musa speaks to Lex Hirst about his electrifying collection Millefiori, which traverses everything from heartbreak and colonial violence to memory and cave paintings. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 79 CLIMATE CHANGE: A HASTENING CATASTROPHE May 4, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Why, after decades of research, does climate inaction persist? Join climate scientist Joëlle Gergis and authors Jeff Goodell and Tony Birch in conversation with David Schlosberg about a hastening catastrophe. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 80 STELLA PRIZE: BRILLIANT CAREERS May 4, 12–1pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Sofija Stefanovic, Ceridwen Dovey and Julie Koh talk to Jane Caro about their creative careers and explore how the historical devaluation of women’s work may have affected expectations placed on creative women today. Free, no bookings 81 GOING ROGUE: NORTH KOREA May 4, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 SEE THINKING GLOBALLY, PAGE 11 CUR82 KATE ROSSMANITH: ON CRIME AND REMORSE May 4, 1.30–2.10pm Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15 83 GREAT EXPECTATIONS: EMERGING WRITERS May 4, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Some of the Festival’s most exciting new voices discuss genre-defying writing and read from their work. Featuring Shastra Deo, Jamie Marina Lau, Shaun Prescott and Dias Novita Wuri in conversation with Lex Hirst. Free, no bookings 84 STANLEY JOHNSON: KOMPROMAT May 4, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Stanley Johnson – former member of the European Parliament and father of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson – speaks to Louise Adler about Kompromat, his comedic thriller that unmasks the behind-the-scenes skulduggery of Brexit. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 85 FAMILY PORTRAIT May 4, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Acclaimed memoirists Jessie Cole, Rosie Waterland and Tara Westover speak to ABC Radio Sydney’s Richard Glover about the risks and opportunities in writing your own story when it involves family and friends. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 86 EDDIE AYRES: DANGER MUSIC May 4, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Speaking with Holly Throsby, former ABC Classic FM host Eddie Ayres talks about Danger Music, his remarkable memoir about accepting his gender identity while teaching cello to children in war-torn Kabul. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 87 JOSEPHINE WILSON: EXTINCTIONS May 4, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Josephine Wilson talks to ABC RN’s Kate Evans about Extinctions, her humorous and poignant 2017 Miles Franklin–winning novel that explores ageing, adoption, grief and remorse, empathy and self-centredness. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au


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157 JENNIFER EGAN: MANHATTAN BEACH May 5, 6–7pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 One of the greatest novelists of our time, Jennifer Egan joins Jennifer Byrne in conversation about Manhattan Beach, her long-awaited follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize– winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

After sundown, some of the Festival’s most intriguing guests settle in for revealing conversations. At Bay 17, catch author of Call Me by Your Name and Enigma Variations, André Aciman; Pulitzer Prizewinning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad and Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan; and iconic New York poet, novelist and performer, Eileen Myles. Over at Bay 20, Festival guests will take to the stage to share their queer literary heroes in Gay For Page; New York Times journalists Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham present a Festival exclusive episode of their podcast, Still Processing; and Nakkiah Lui and an exciting Festival guest host record a special episode of Pretty for an Aboriginal. Nights at Carriageworks is supported by the University of Sydney. 56 THE FULL CATASTROPHE May 3, 7–8pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 The Full Catastrophe is a live show about when life was so bad it was funny. With Zack McDermott, Johann Hari, Emma Glass and Sam Dastyari. Presented with Giant Dwarf. $15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 58 MIN JIN LEE: PACHINKO May 3, 8–9pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 In conversation with Jason Steger, Pachinko author Min Jin Lee talks about her deep, broad, addictive history of a Korean family in Japan that The New York Times named among its top 10 books of 2017. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 59 STORY CLUB May 3, 9–10pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Hosted by Ben Jenkins and Zoe Norton-Lodge, this special Story Club event sees favourite Festival guests sit in a giant armchair and share hilarious true

159 GAY FOR PAGE May 5, 7–8pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Sally Rugg welcomes Yrsa Daley-Ward, Masha Gessen, Eileen Myles, Christos Tsiolkas, Carmen Maria Machado and Pajtim Statovci for a celebration of their favourite queer authors, novels and characters. Masha Gessen is supported by Rowena Danziger AM and Ken Coles AM. $15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

stories on the theme of ‘Let us Never Speak of this Again’. Presented with Giant Dwarf. $15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 111 STILL PROCESSING May 4, 7–8pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 New York Times writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris tackle the worlds of TV, film, celebrity and the internet in a live recording of their funny and incisive Still Processing podcast. $15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 113 FOX AND FRIENDS: THE FAR REACH OF MURDOCH May 4, 8–9pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine; author of Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power, David McKnight; and Vanity Fair correspondent and author of The Loudest Voice in the Room (a book on Fox’s Roger Ailes), Gabriel Sherman; join host Erik Jensen to discuss the world’s most enduring news empire. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

Festival Highlight 109 EILEEN MYLES: TO DIG A HOLE IN ETERNITY May 4, 6–7pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Annamarie Jagose meets iconic New York poet, novelist and performer Eileen Myles to discuss their fascinating career and prolific output, including being the ‘poet muse’ of Transparent, writing the cult queer novel Chelsea Girls and, most recently, Afterglow (a dog memoir). Supported by the University of Sydney. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 115 PRETTY FOR AN ABORIGINAL May 4, 9–10pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Join comedian and playwright Nakkiah Lui and a very special guest host for this Festival recording of the candid,

funny and woke AF podcast Pretty for an Aboriginal with Festival guests including Zinzi Clemmons. $15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

161 ANDRÉ ACIMAN: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME May 5, 8–9pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 André Aciman talks to SBS’s Anton Enus about how his cult novel Call Me by Your Name came to life and what it’s like to see your work adapted for the big screen. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 163 PEOPLE OF LETTERS May 5, 9–10.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 In this rare People of Letters show, writers, performers and well-known Australians are paired off and invited to write ‘A Letter to my Other Half’. $15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

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88 DON WATSON: THERE IT IS AGAIN May 4, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Kerry O’Brien sits with the loquacious author and former political speechwriter Don Watson to chat about There it is again, an entertaining cross-section of his work that proves that words matter. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9250 4200, swf.org.au

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89 MERIT OVER MATES: WOMEN IN MEDIA REACH TOWARD NEWSROOM EQUALITY May 4, 2–3pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Fifty years of feminism and newsrooms are still predominantly white and male. Kate McClymont, Emma Alberici, Marina Go and Tracey Spicer explore gender bias and what we can do about it. Presented with The Walkley Foundation. Free, no bookings

114 SWF GALA: POWER May 4, 8.30–9.30pm Sydney Town Hall A distinguished line-up of guests interpret the Festival theme of power in this gala Sydney Town Hall event. Featuring Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek, New York Times bestselling author Tayari Jones, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Wesley Morris (pictured), Tech LadyMafia founder and Call Your Girlfriend co–host Aminatou Sow, filmmaker Warwick Thornton, journalist Masha Gessen and LGBTQI activist Sally Rugg. $45/$35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

CUR90 JACK MANNING BANCROFT: ON MENTORSHIP May 4, 3–3.40pm Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15 91 CONFLICTING NARRATIVES May 4, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Acclaimed reporters Alec Luhn, Alexis Okeowo and Ben Taub discuss the role of storytellers in a time of ongoing conflict, terrorism and refugee crises, in conversation with The Guardian’s Ben Doherty. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 92 SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE May 4, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Randa Abdel-Fattah, Mark Baker, Antony Loewenstein and John Lyons join Peter Greste to consider whether, for the first time in decades, a new path to peace can be forged in the Israel–Palestine conflict. Free, no bookings

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93 ANDRÉ ACIMAN: ENIGMA VARIATIONS May 4, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Angela Ledgerwood meets Call Me by Your Name author André Aciman to discuss his latest novel, Enigma Variations, the story of one man’s life and loves from boyhood holidays in Italy to adulthood in New York. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 94 POETRY IN MOTION: LIVE PERFORMANCES May 4, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Candy Royalle hosts a dazzling line-up of internationally renowned poets who come together to read from their collections.

Featuring Omar Musa, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Shastra Deo and Lang Leav. Yrsa Daley-Ward is supported by the British Council. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 95 AMY BLOOM: WHITE HOUSES May 4, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 New York Times bestselling author Amy Bloom talks to Charlotte Wood about her novel, White Houses, in which the unexpected and forbidden affair between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok unfolds in a triumph of historical fiction. Curated by Charlotte Wood. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

96 ROBERT DREWE: WHIPBIRD May 4, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge One of the nation’s most prolific writers, Robert Drewe discusses Whipbird, his brilliantly funny and razor-sharp satire of the Australian psyche, in conversation with The Australian’s Stephen Romei. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 97 WHY WE READ May 4, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Join Junot Díaz, Tara Westover, Glory Edim and Stuart Kells in conversation with Ashley Hay as they share their perspectives on how books have shaped their lives and why literature remains an empowering force in the world today. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

98 KATE COLE-ADAMS: 1 ANAESTHESIA D May 4, 3.30–4.30pm M Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre S Kate Cole-Adams speaks to ABC RN’s H Natasha Mitchell about Anaesthesia, her E riveting examination of what happens to us U under anaesthetic, hailed by Helen Garner o as “a work of splendid richness and depth”. a Free, no bookings t S CUR99 DANNY DENTON: ON RAIN C $ May 4, 4.30–5.10pm B Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15 1 G 100 GARETH EVANS: M INCORRIGIBLE OPTIMIST C I May 4, 4.30–5.30pm A Carriageworks, Bay 17 Gareth Evans speaks to Kerry O’Brien aboutG Incorrigible Optimist, his witty and insightful a memoir about serving as a central figure in c politics and international policymaking for i $ more than three decades. $30/$25 B Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au   1 101 AUSTRALIAN IDOLS: M WRITERS ON WRITERS S H May 4, 4.30–5.30pm l Carriageworks, Track 12 Publisher Sam Cooney chats to authors A Erik Jensen and Alice Pung about their H homages to leading Australian writers Kate d Jennings and John Marsden for the Writers w $ on Writers series. B Supported by the Copyright Agency’s   Cultural Fund. Free, no bookings 1 M 102 SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL S A May 4, 4.30–5.30pm t Carriageworks, Track 8 Gabriel Tallent (My Absolute Darling) and s Anna George (The Lone Child) talk about G how to empathetically write unsympathetic a characters, in conversation with Elizabeth p $ McCarthy. $20 B Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 1 S M S S e e t S I F

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103 ELIZA ROBERTSON: DEMI-GODS May 4, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Hear debut Canadian novelist Eliza Robertson in conversation with Abigail Ulman about Demi-Gods, the lauded story of a strange and dangerous relationship set against a series of sun-washed summers in the 1950s. Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

109 EILEEN MYLES: TO DIG A HOLE IN ETERNITY May 4, 6–7pm Carriageworks, Bay 17. Annamarie Jagose meets iconic New York poet, novelist and performer Eileen Myles to discuss their fascinating career and prolific output, including being the “poet muse” of Transparent, writing the cult queer novel Chelsea Girls and, most recently, Afterglow (a dog memoir). Supported by the University of Sydney. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

104 RICHARD LLOYD PARRY: GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI May 4, 4.30–5.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 In conversation with Nick Feik, The Times Asia Editor Richard Lloyd Parry discusses Ghosts of the Tsunami, his acclaimed account of how Japan faced an unthinkable catastrophe and the search for consolation in the ruins. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

110 KATY TUR: UNBELIEVABLE May 4, 6–7pm Sydney Town Hall SEE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT, PAGE 10

105 NEW AUSTRALIAN VOICES May 4, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Hear three of Australia’s brightest new literary voices – Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Bram Presser and Holly Ringland – as they read and discuss their critically acclaimed work with ABC’s Michaela Kalowski. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

106 TRUMP’S NEW WORLD ORDER May 4, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre ABC News presenter John Barron speaks to political science experts political science experts Aaron Connelly, Gorana Grgic and Robert E. Kelly to analyse the repercussions of Trump’s presidency for Australia and the world. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

111 STILL PROCESSING May 4, 7–8pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 SEE NIGHTS AT CARRIAGEWORKS, PAGE 7 112 EDMUND. THE BEGINNING May 4, 7–8.20pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Brian Lipson’s EDMUND. THE BEGINNING brings to life historical figures including William Shakespeare and Harold Pinter in a funny and engaging solo show about the permeability of identity. $30/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 113 FOX AND FRIENDS: THE FAR REACH OF MURDOCH May 4, 8–9pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine; author of Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power, David McKnight; and Vanity Fair correspondent and author of The Loudest Voice in the Room (a book on Fox’s Roger Ailes), Gabriel Sherman, join host Erik Jensen to discuss the world’s most enduring news empire. Supported by the University of Sydney. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

107 THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE WRITING May 4, 5–6pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Some of Australia’s most inquiring emerging boffins speak with The Guardian’s environment reporter Michael Slezak about their contributions to The Best Australian Science Writing 2017. Featuring Alice Klein, Ivy Shih and Joel Werner. Free, no bookings

114 SWF GALA: POWER May 4, 8.30–9.30pm Sydney Town Hall SEE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT, PAGE 8

108 DRIVE WITH RICHARD GLOVER, FEATURING THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY! May 4, 5–6.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 21 Join ABC Radio Sydney’s Richard Glover at 5pm for a special Festival edition of Thank God It’s Friday! and then from 6–6.30pm as he speaks to three of the Festival’s literary stars. Free, bookings essential 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

116 POETIC THREADS: THE LADY AND THE UNICORN May 5, 9–11am Art Gallery of New South Wales Art Gallery of New South Wales and Red Room Poetry present a sensorium of creative encounters with original poetic performances inspired by a rare masterpiece of medieval art, The Lady and the Unicorn. $65/$55 Bookings 136 246 artgallery.nsw.gov.au Ticket includes performance, exhibition ticket and exclusive access to The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries.

115 PRETTY FOR AN ABORIGINAL May 4, 9–10pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 SEE NIGHTS AT CARRIAGEWORKS, PAGE 7

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FRIDAY MAY 4 – SATURDAY MAY 5 117 NEW POWER May 5, 10–11am Carriageworks, Bay 17 SEE THINKING GLOBALLY, PAGE 11 118 EMMA GLASS: PEACH May 5, 10–11am Carriageworks, Track 12 Hailed by author George Saunders as an “immensely talented young writer [whose] fearlessness renews one’s faith in the power of literature,” Emma Glass talks to Abigail Ulman about her lyrical debut novella, Peach. Free, no bookings 119 ZINZI CLEMMONS: WHAT WE LOSE May 5, 10–11am Carriageworks, Track 8 Vogue’s 2017 debut novelist of the year, Zinzi Clemmons, is in conversation with Glory Edim about What We Lose, a beautifully wrought coming-of-age novel about grief, love, family, womanhood and race. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 120 MICHAEL ROBOTHAM: THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS May 5, 10–11am Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Ailsa Piper meets bestselling author Michael Robotham to discuss The Secrets She Keeps, hailed by Stephen King as “a book you won’t be able to put down, although you may occasionally want to hide your eyes”. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 121 SARAH KRASNOSTEIN: THE TRAUMA CLEANER May 5, 10–11am Carriageworks, Bay 20 Ashley Hay talks to Sarah Krasnostein about The Trauma Cleaner, her awardwinning biography of Sandra Pankhurst, and one of the most discussed non-fiction books of the year. Supported by Audible. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 122 LANG LEAV: SEA OF STRANGERS May 5, 10–11am Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Angela Ledgerwood speaks to internationally bestselling poet and social media favourite Lang Leav about her remarkable success and her latest poetry collection, Sea of Strangers. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 123 ANGELA SAINI: INFERIOR: HOW SCIENCE GOT WOMEN WRONG May 5, 10–11am Seymour Centre, York Theatre Jamila Rizvi speaks to award-winning journalist and former BBC reporter Angela Saini about Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, an important scientific

treatise that overturns centuries of flawed thinking about gender and sex. Supported by the British Council. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 124 FIRST DOG ON THE MOON’S GUIDE TO LIVING THROUGH THE IMPENDING APOCALYPSE May 5, 10.30–11.30am Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Walkley Award-winning cartoonist First Dog on the Moon promises song, dance and practical tips to survive the impending Armageddon in this hilarious Festival session with Sophie Black. Free, no bookings 125 PETER GRESTE: THE FIRST CASUALTY May 5, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Foreign correspondent and The First Casualty author Peter Greste examines the threat to investigative journalism in the age of terrorism and fake news, in conversation with fellow correspondent Hugh Riminton. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 126 SHARLENE TEO: PONTI May 5, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Amelia Lush meets Sharlene Teo, the author of Ponti, a story of the intertwining lives of three women from adolescence to adulthood, which author Ian McEwan hailed as “remarkable”. Free, no bookings 127 MARCIA LANGTON: WELCOME TO COUNTRY May 5, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Erik Jensen talks to incisive commentator Professor Marcia Langton about Welcome to Country, her fascinating and practical tourism directory of Australia’s Indigenous culture and history. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 128 SOURCE MATERIAL May 5, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Sally Warhaft speaks to The Washington Post’s Irin Carmon, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman and The New Yorker’s Ben Taub to examine the practical and ethical concerns for journalists when cultivating sources. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 129 FRANCISCO CANTÚ: THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER May 5, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 A Fulbright scholar who worked as a US–Mexico border patrol agent, Francisco Cantú speaks to Wheeler Centre Director Michael Williams about The Line Becomes a River, which puts a human face to a divisive issue. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

130 WOMEN, COLOUR AND WESTERN SYDNEY May 5, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Four of Western Sydney’s most exciting female writers – Shirley Le, Maryam Azam, Evelyn Araluen and Winnie Dunn – discuss a new wave of Australian literature in which race, class, culture, faith and gender intersect. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 131 THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS May 5, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Prominent writers Kapka Kassabova, James Maskalyk and Francis Wade share their perspectives on the global refugee crisis that has displaced some 60 million people, in conversation with refugee law expert Claire Higgins. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 132 YRSA DALEY-WARD: BONE May 5, 12–1pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Yrsa Daley-Ward discusses her poignant collection of poems, bone, with Candy Royalle. She lays bare her thoughts on everything from hunger and desire to race and sexuality. Supported by the British Council. Free, no bookings 133 RESISTING UNJUST AUTHORITY May 5, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Sarah Krasnostein invites Masha Gessen, Mohammed Al Samawi and Alexis Okeowo to reflect on our evolving relationship with authority in a thought-provoking panel. Curated by Sarah Krasnostein. Supported by Audible. Masha Gessen is supported by Rowena Danziger AM and Ken Coles AM. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 134 TONY BIRCH: COMMON PEOPLE May 5, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Wheeler Centre Director Michael Williams meets Miles Franklin–shortlisted author Tony Birch to discuss Common People, a collection The Australian says “proves [Birch] a master of the short story”. Free, no bookings 135 JENNY ZHANG: SOUR HEART May 5, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Abigail Ulman speaks to Jenny Zhang about Sour Heart, a collection of stories that establishes her as a subversive interpreter of the immigrant experience, which Slate calls a “tremendous debut.” Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

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136 GLORY EDIM: WELL-READ BLACK GIRL May 5, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Aminatou Sow talks to Glory Edim, the founder of Well-Read Black Girl – a book club that became an online social platform and a festival celebrating black women writers – about building communities and defining solidarity. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org,au

148 THE GIG ECONOMY: TODAY’S HUNGRY MILE? May 5, 3.30–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Lisa Milner, Michael Walker and Jeremy Heimans explore the connection between the dehumanising bull system of Sydney’s historic Hungry Mile and today’s gig economy, in conversation with Sarah Kaine. Presented with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority. Free, no bookings

137 GABRIEL TALLENT: MY ABSOLUTE DARLING May 5, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 One of the most talked-about novels in recent times, My Absolute Darling has become a literary sensation despite its confronting subject matter. Michael Robotham meets Gabriel Tallent to discuss his virtuosic debut novel. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

149 ANNABEL CRABB’S BOOKWIZ May 5, 4.30–5.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Beloved journalist Annabel Crabb hosts BooKwiz, unmasking the guilty literary pleasures and reading habits of ABC 7.30’s Leigh Sales, Conversations presenter Richard Fidler and SBS’s RocKwiz host herself, Julia Zemiro. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

138 KAPKA KASSABOVA: BORDER: A JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF EUROPE May 5, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Acclaimed novelist, essayist and poet Kapka Kassabova speaks with Maria Tumarkin about Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe, an account of her journey to the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 139 LEIGH SALES: ON DOUBT May 5, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Leigh Sales talks to ABC’s Julia Baird about On Doubt, the update to her classic essay, and reflects on the value of truth, scrutiny and accountability in the era of fake news. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 140 MEET THE SMH BEST YOUNG AUSTRALIAN NOVELISTS May 5, 2–3pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Each year, The Sydney Morning Herald names the authors it considers to be the best young fiction writers in the country. Jason Steger leads a discussion with the 2018 winners, including short readings. Presented with The Sydney Morning Herald. Free, no bookings 141 WOMEN IN TECH: OKAY LADIES, NOW LET’S GET INFORMATION May 5, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Aminatou Sow, Angela Saini and Elanor Huntington look at how women are finally making inroads into the tech and science industries and celebrate their success stories. In conversation with Deb Verhoeven. Supported by the City of Sydney. Angela Saini is supported by the British Council. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

Festival Highlight

110 Katy Tur: Unbelievable

110 KATY TUR: UNBELIEVABLE May 4, 6–7pm Sydney Town Hall While campaigning, President Donald Trump reserved special vitriol for NBC News correspondent Katy Tur, calling her “disgraceful”, “third-rate” and “not nice”. Katy joins ABC 7.30’s Leigh Sales to discuss Unbelievable, her subsequent memoir of 500 days on the campaign trail. Supported by Editor Group. $45/$35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 142 SOFIJA STEFANOVIC: MISS EX-YUGOSLAVIA May 5, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Angela Ledgerwood talks to Sofija Stefanovic about Miss Ex-Yugoslavia, a moving and hilarious memoir tracing the Stefanovic family’s journey between Belgrade and Melbourne, featuring warlords, pet tigers and beauty queens. Free, no bookings

145 RECOGNISE May 5, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Professor Marcia Langton, playwright and actor Nakkiah Lui and journalist and author Stan Grant examine the agency of Indigenous people and whether their voices are being lost in an increasingly cynical political process. Curated by Marcia Langton. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

143 THE POLITICS OF EMPATHY May 5, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Junot Díaz, Pajtim Statovci and Sarah Krasnostein consider how positive human relationships and storytelling can promote connection in an increasingly fragmented society. In conversation with Sophie Black. Curated by Sarah Krasnostein. Supported by ARA. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

146 CONJURING THE PAST May 5, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Award-winning historical fiction novelists Paul Lynch and Chris Womersley speak to Susan Wyndham about using magical and supernatural elements to bring the harsh realities of the past to life. Paul Lynch is supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

144 THE BODY POLITIC May 5, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Carmen Maria Machado, Emma Glass and Sharlene Teo discuss their explorations of themes of women’s bodies and horror in their celebrated works. They are in conversation with Rebecca Harkins-Cross. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

147 RICHARD DENNISS: CURING AFFLUENZA May 5, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Chief Economist of The Australia Institute and Curing Affluenza author Richard Denniss outlines how we can combat an epidemic of consumerism and waste, in conversation with George Megalogenis. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

150 BANKSTOWN POETRY SLAM May 5, 4.30–5.30pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Bankstown Poetry Slam showcases the highest scoring poets from its fiercely competitive annual Grand Slam. Sara Mansour hosts this inspiring and vibrant hour of exciting poetry. Free, no bookings 151 MICHAEL BROOKS: THE QUANTUM ASTROLOGER’S HANDBOOK May 5, 4.30–5.30pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Much-loved author and New Scientist contributor Michael Brooks joins ABC RN’s Natasha Mitchell to discuss The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook, an entertainingly unorthodox biography that blends Renaissance history with quantum physics. $20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 152 ASHLEIGH YOUNG: CAN YOU TOLERATE THIS? May 5, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre 2017 Windham Campbell Prize–winner Ashleigh Young talks to Fiona Wright about her collection of essays Can You Tolerate This?, which examines life’s greater truths via the small accidents of everyday life. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 153 MY FEMINISM WILL BE INTERSECTIONAL OR IT WILL BE BULLSHIT May 5, 4.30–5.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Zinzi Clemmons, Aminatou Sow, Jenny Zhang and Nakkiah Lui join Jamila Rizvi in conversation about modern feminism. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 154 WRITING GRIEF AND TRAUMA May 5, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Acclaimed non-fiction writers Meera Atkinson (Traumata) and Mark Baker (Thirty Days) share their experiences of writing about grief and trauma in

conversation with Maria Tumarkin. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 155 JEFF GOODELL: THE WATER WILL COME May 5, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Rolling Stone contributing editor Jeff Goodell talks to Peter Guttridge about travelling to 12 countries and interviewing Barack Obama to write The Water Will Come, a warning cry about climate change. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 156 RETURN OF THE BIG BLACK THING May 5, 5–6pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement launches the second issue of The Big Black Thing, an anthology by emerging and established writers from migrant, refugee and Indigenous backgrounds. Free, no bookings 157 JENNIFER EGAN: MANHATTAN BEACH May 5, 6–7pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 One of the greatest novelists of our time, Jennifer Egan joins Jennifer Byrne in conversation about Manhattan Beach, her long-awaited follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize–winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. Supported by the University of Sydney. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 158 THIS IS NOT A MOMENT, IT’S A MOVEMENT May 5, 6–7pm Sydney Town Hall SEE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT, PAGE 14 159 GAY FOR PAGE May 5, 7–8pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 SEE NIGHTS AT CARRIAGEWORKS, PAGE 7 160 EDMUND. THE BEGINNING May 5, 7–8.20pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Brian Lipson’s EDMUND. THE BEGINNING brings to life historical figures including William Shakespeare and Harold Pinter in a funny and engaging solo show about the permeability of identity. $30/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 161 ANDRÉ ACIMAN: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME May 5, 8–9pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 André Aciman talks to SBS’s Anton Enus about how his cult novel Call Me by Your Name came to life and what it’s like to see your work adapted for the big screen and win an Academy Award.. Supported by the University of Sydney. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au


Festival Precinct & City 162 JULIA GILLARD: ON POWER AND GENDER May 5, 8.30–9.30pm Sydney Town Hall SEE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT, PAGE 11

167 ECONOMIC INEQUALITY: FROM WISCONSIN TO WHYALLA May 6, 10–11am Carriageworks, Bay 17 SEE THINKING GLOBALLY, PAGE 11

163 PEOPLE OF LETTERS May 5, 9–10.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 SEE NIGHTS AT CARRIAGEWORKS, PAGE 7

168 POWER PLAY: TOXIC MASCULINITY IN STORYTELLING May 6, 10–11am Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre The authors of two of the Festival’s most discussed novels – Gabriel Tallent (My Absolute Darling) and Ceridwen Dovey (In the Garden of the Fugitives) – talk to Amelia Lester and reveal their approaches to putting toxic masculinity on the page. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

SUNDAY, 6 MAY 164 COFFEE AND PAPERS WITH SMH: FRANCIS WADE May 6, 9–9.45am Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop Coffee and conversation are worth getting up early for. Join editors and journalists from The Sydney Morning Herald with special guest Francis Wade to see what’s making headlines. Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald. Free, no bookings 165 POETIC THREADS: THE LADY AND THE UNICORN May 6, 9–11am Art Gallery of New South Wales Art Gallery of New South Wales and Red Room Poetry present a sensorium of creative encounters with original poetic performances inspired by a rare masterpiece of medieval art, The Lady and the Unicorn. $65/$55 Bookings 136 246 artgallery.nsw.gov.au Ticket includes performance, exhibition ticket and exclusive access to The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries.

CUR166 CARMEN MARIA MACHADO: ON LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT May 6, 10–10.40am Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15

Thinking Globally Take a fresh look at some of the most pressing issues facing the world today. Economic inequality is on the rise, including in Trump’s America and here in Australia, so where does this leave people in affected industries and areas? North Korea’s citizens are sealed off from the world and only allowed access to state-run propaganda, but amid the headlines, have we forgotten the plight of the North Korean people themselves? Featuring Pulitzer Prize–winning staff writer for The Washington Post Amy Goldstein, NBC News reporter Katy Tur, political science professor Robert E. Kelly, Vanity Fair correspondent Gabriel Sherman and Asia Editor of The Times Richard Lloyd Parry. Thinking Globally is supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

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Festival Highlight 162 JULIA GILLARD: ON POWER AND GENDER May 5, 8.30–9.30pm Sydney Town Hall In an electrifying Sydney Town Hall discussion, former prime minister and Global Partnership for Education Chair Julia Gillard discusses power and gender in conversation with the ABC’s Laura Tingle. Supported by the City of Sydney. $55/$45/$30 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

162 Julia Gillard: On Power and Gender

169 MICHELLE DE KRETSER: THE LIFE TO COME May 6, 10–11am Carriageworks, Bay 20 In conversation with Christos Tsiolkas, Miles Franklin–winning author Michelle de Kretser speaks about her thought-provoking and savagely funny satire of the Australian psyche (and Sydney Writers’ Festival), The Life to Come. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 170 PAJTIM STATOVCI: MY CAT YUGOSLAVIA May 6, 10–11am Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Pajtim Statovci talks with author Peter Polites about My Cat Yugoslavia, Pajtim’s captivating debut novel about a young gay immigrant – and his talking cat – hailed “a marvel” by The New York Times. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 171 THE END OF CHINA’S ECONOMIC MIRACLE? May 6, 10–11am Seymour Centre, York Theatre Hans Hendrischke, Robert E. Kelly and Richard Denniss speak to Richard McGregor about growing concerns that

high debt and shadow banking could trigger a major crisis in the Chinese economy. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 172 ROSIE WATERLAND: EVERY LIE I’VE EVER TOLD May 6, 10.30–11.30am Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Jane Caro sits down with writer and comedian Rosie Waterland to discuss Every Lie I’ve Ever Told, the story of how, despite finding literary success, Rosie’s life unravelled after a tragic incident. $30/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

22 HOW THE NEWS HAS CHANGED May 3, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 The Sydney Morning Herald investigative journalist Kate McClymont, Vanity Fair correspondent Gabriel Sherman, NBC News reporter Katy Tur and ABC 7.30’s Monique Schafter discuss the churn of modern news and how it’s reshaping society, with host Sophie Black. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9250 4200, swf.org.au

117 NEW POWER May 5, 10–11am Carriageworks, Bay 17 Jeremy Heimans (co-founder of GetUp!) and Henry Timms explain how the rapid emergence of new technologies is changing power dynamics in politics, business, popular culture and beyond. They are in conversation about their book, New Power, with Professor Susan Dodds. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

81 GOING ROGUE: NORTH KOREA May 4, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Political science professor Robert E. Kelly, Korean-American author Min Jin Lee, Korea author Michael Pembroke and writer and filmmaker Anna Broinowski sit down with Linda Jaivin to discuss North Korea’s role in a looming international crisis. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

167 ECONOMIC INEQUALITY: FROM WISCONSIN TO WHYALLA May 6, 10–11am Carriageworks, Bay 17 ABC’s Chief Economics Correspondent Emma Alberici joins author Don Watson, journalist Amy Goldstein and economist Richard Holden to discuss the challenges

173 MCA ZINE FAIR May 6, 10.30am–4.30pm Museum of Contemporary Art Mark your calendar for the annual MCA Zine Fair as it celebrates a decade of swapping, making and selling zines, and showcases more than 100 zines, small presses, prints and comics. Presented with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. Free, no bookings CUR174 JENNIFER DOWN: ON HOW TO DISAPPEAR May 6, 11.30am–12.10pm Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15

posed by economic inequality in Australia and the US. Supported by UNSW Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Global Partnerships and UNSW Grant Challenge on Inequality. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 187 AN EVOLVING CRISIS: ROHINGYA IN MYANMAR May 6, 2–3pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre International relations commentators Gareth Evans, Richard Lloyd Parry and Francis Wade discuss the evolving Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar with The Guardian’s Ben Doherty. $30/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

175 CLEO WADE: HEART TALK May 6, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Heart Talk author Cleo Wade sits down with journalist Jamila Rizvi, Peach novelist Emma Glass and Sour Heart author Jenny Zhang for a discussion about matters of the heart. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 176 EVERYONE’S A CRITIC May 6, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Hear Australian writer and critic Alison Croggon; writer, editor and critic Rebecca Harkins-Cross; and New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris debate the future of cultural criticism with SBS and ABC RN host Marc Fennell. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 177 BEN TAUB: COVERING A CRISIS May 6, 11.30am–12.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Journalist Hamish Macdonald talks with The New Yorker’s Ben Taub about his career and acclaimed reportage of topics including Lake Chad, Syria, human trafficking and jihadi recruitment. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 178 CHARLES MASSY: CALL OF THE REED WARBLER May 6, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Author and ‘radical farmer’ Charles Massy talks about Call of the Reed Warbler – his plea to revolutionise how we think about and grow food – with The Australian’s Chief Literary Critic, Geordie Williamson. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au


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16 John Dickson: A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus

15 UTS Anthology Launch: Light Borrowers

14 Christos Tsiolkas: On Patrick White

18 Go Gentle

CUR13 Billy Griffiths: On Deep Time Dreaming

9.30am 20 James Maskalyk: Life on the Ground Floor

17 Family Ties

19 Dreaming of a Better Sydney

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24 Drawing the Line: The Ethics of True Crime Writing

23 Immersive Histories

22 How The News Has Changed

26 Tara Westover: Educated

CUR21 Joe Gorman: On Soccer and Australian Multiculturalism

28 Balancing Acts: Women in Sport

25 Becoming the Story

27 Home Truths: Telling Australian Stories

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32 Johann Hari: Lost Connections

31 And the Award Goes To ...

29 Saga Land

34 Christine Milne: An Activist Life

CUR30 Michael Robotham: On Plotting the Perfect Crime

36 Straight from the Headlines

33 Gods & Monsters: Mythology in Fiction

35 History’s Next Generation

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40 Can Children’s Stories Save the World?

39 Xue Yiwei: Dr Bethune’s Children

38 On the Record: Historical Fiction

42 Commonwealth Now

CUR37 Melanie Cheng: On Reading & Empathy

44 Borderlines: Stories of Migration

41 Paul Lynch: Grace

43 Stories of Sydney

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48 The Big Bent Poetry Reading

47 Brexit Plan

51 Axiomatic: Maria Tumarkin

CUR46 Nick Brodie: On the Need for Millennial Historians

53 Dennis Glover: The Last Man in Europe

50 Warren Mundine in Black + White

52 Good Sports

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60 Coffee & Papers with SMH: Alec Luhn

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65 Toby Walsh: It’s Alive!

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64 Ceridwen Dovey: In the Garden of the Fugitives

63 Jane Harper: Force of Nature

67 Hugh Mackay: Australia Reimagined

CUR62 Eliza Robertson: On Astrology

9.30am 69 Mohammed Al Samawi: The Fox Hunt

66 Sofie Laguna: The Choke

68 Manal al-Sharif: Daring to Drive

70 Media in Full Colour

11am 11.30am 12pm

75 Zack McDermott: Gorilla & the Bird

74 Danny Denton: The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow

73 The Future of China

77 Kim Scott: Taboo

CUR72 Claire G. Coleman: On Fiction, Villains & the Nature of Evil

79 Climate Change: A Hastening Catastrophe

76 Sharp Instruments

78 Omar Musa: Millefiori

12.30pm 1pm

84 Stanley Johnson: Kompromat

83 Great Expectations: Emerging Writers

81 Going Rogue: North Korea

86 Eddie Ayres: Danger Music

CUR82 Kate Rossmanith: On Crime & Remorse

88 Don Watson: There it is again

3.30pm

93 André Aciman: Enigma Variations

92 Somewhere in the Middle: Israel & Palestine

91 Conflicting Narratives

95 Amy Bloom: White Houses

CUR90 Jack Manning Bancroft: On Mentorship

97 Why We Read

4.30pm 102 Sympathy for the Devil 5pm

101 Australian Idols: Writers on Writers

100 Gareth Evans: Incorrigible Optimist

104 Richard Lloyd Parry: Ghosts of the Tsunami

CUR99 Danny Denton: On Rain

3.30pm 4pm

103 Eliza Robertson: Demi-Gods

105 New Australian Voices 4.30pm

112 EDMUND. THE BEGINNING

ALSO TODAY

111 Still Processing

CARRIAGEWORKS BAY 21

71 ABC Radio’s/ABC RN’s Live Broadcast 11am–1pm 108 Drive with Richard Glover 5–6.30pm

Ends 8.20pm

8pm

113 Fox & Friends: The Far Reach of Murdoch

8.30pm 9pm

SYDNEY TOWN HALL

110 Katy Tur: Unbelievable 6pm 114 SWF Gala: Power 8.30pm

115 Pretty for an Aboriginal

9.30pm

5.30pm

6.30pm 7pm 7.30pm 8pm 8.30pm 9pm 9.30pm

n Carriageworks venues: Track 8, Track 12, Bay 17, Bay 20, Blacksmith’s Workshop  Coffee & Papers

5pm

6pm

109 Eileen Myles: To Dig a Hole in Eternity

6.30pm

2pm

96 Robert Drewe: Whipbird 3pm

107 The Future of Science Writing

6pm

1.30pm

2.30pm 94 Poetry in Motion: Live Performances

106 Trump’s New World Order

5.30pm

7.30pm

87 Josephine Wilson: Extinctions

98 Kate Cole-Adams: Anaesthesia

4pm

7pm

85 Family Portrait 89 Merit Over Mates: Women in Media

2.30pm 3pm

11.30am 12pm

80 Stella Prize: Brilliant Careers

1pm

2pm

10.30am 11am

12.30pm

1.30pm

10am

 Curiosity Series

 Nights at Carriageworks

n Seymour Centre venues: York Theatre, Everest Theatre, Reginald Theatre, Sound Lounge

Thinking Globally

 Guest Curators

 Family Program


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THURSDAY MAY 3 – SUNDAY MAY 6 SATURDAY MAY 5 TRACK 8

TRACK 12

BAY 17

BAY 20

9am

10.30am

YORK THEATRE

EVEREST THEATRE

REGINALD THEATRE

SOUND LOUNGE 9am

Carriageworks Farmers Market

9.30am 10am

BLACKSMITH’S WORKSHOP

119 Zinzi Clemmons: What We Lose

118 Emma Glass: Peach

117 New Power

121 Sarah Krasnostein: The Trauma Cleaner

8am–1pm

9.30am 123 Angela Saini: How Science Got Women Wrong

120 Michael Robotham: The Secrets She Keeps

122 Lang Leav: Sea of Strangers

124 First Dog on the Moon

11am 11.30am 12pm

127 Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country

126 Sharlene Teo: Ponti

125 Peter Greste: The First Casualty

129 Francisco Cantú: The Line Becomes a River

131 The Global Refugee Crisis

128 Source Material

130 Women, Colour & Western Sydney

132 Yrsa Daley-Ward: bone

11.30am 12pm 12.30pm

1pm

1pm

1.30pm 135 Jenny Zhang: Sour Heart 2pm

134 Tony Birch: Common People

133 Resisting Unjust Authority

137 Gabriel Tallent: My Absolute Darling

139 Leigh Sales: On Doubt

136 Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl

138 Kapka Kassabova: Border

140 Meet the SMH Best Young Australian Novelists

2.30pm 3pm 143 The Politics of Empathy 3.30pm

142 Sofija Stefanovic: Miss Ex-Yugoslavia

141 Women in Tech

145 Recognise

147 Richard Denniss: Curing Affluenza

4.30pm

151 Michael Brooks: 150 Bankstown Poetry Slam The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook 5pm

149 Annabel Crabb’s BooKwiz

153 My Feminism Will Be Intersectional

144 The Body Politic

155 Jeff Goodell: The Water Will Come

146 Conjuring the Past

6pm

152 Ashleigh Young: Can You Tolerate This?

154 Writing Grief & Trauma 4.30pm 5pm 5.30pm 6pm 6.30pm

160 EDMUND. THE BEGINNING

7pm

159 Gay For Page

161 André Aciman: Call Me By Your Name

8.30pm 9pm

7.30pm

ALSO TODAY

Ends 8.20pm

8pm

3pm

4pm

157 Jennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach

6.30pm

2pm

3.30pm

156 Return of the Big Black Thing

5.30pm

1.30pm

2.30pm

148 The Gig Economy: Today’s Hungry Mile?

4pm

7.30pm

10.30am 11am

12.30pm

7pm

10am

8pm

SYDNEY TOWN HALL 163 People of Letters Ends 10.30pm

9.30pm

8.30pm

 CHI1 Jeff Kinney: The Getaway 3.30pm 158 This is Not a Moment, It’s a Movement 6pm 162 Julia Gillard: On Power & Gender 8.30pm

9pm 9.30pm

SUNDAY MAY 6 TRACK 8

TRACK 12

BAY 17

BAY 20

9am

10.30am

YORK THEATRE

CHI3 Levi Pinfold: Illustrating Harry Potter

CHI2 Junot Díaz: The Power of Imagination

167 Economic Inequality: From Wisconsin to Whyalla

169 Michelle de Kretser: The Life to Come

CHI5 Chris Riddell & A.F. Harrold Bring Quirky Tales to Life

CHI4 Outside: A Feast of the Senses

175 Cleo Wade: Heart Talk

177 Ben Taub: Covering a Crisis

12pm

1.30pm 2pm 2.30pm

CHI7 Bab Sharkey & the Animal Mummies

CUR166 Carmen Maria Machado: On Law & Order: SVU

171 The End of China’s Economic Miracle? 172 Rosie Waterland: Every Lie I’ve Ever Told

CUR174 Jennifer Down: On How to Disappear

179 The Rise of Australian Populism

4pm

184 Alexis Okeowo: A Moonless, Starless Sky

CUR181 Eileen Myles: Straight Expectations

176 Everyone’s a Critic

191 Carmen Maria Machado: Her Body & Other Parties

183 Taboo & Other Battles

CUR188 Jay Kristoff: On the Evolution of Sci-Fi

193 Ben Taub: Syria

199 Anne Aly: Finding My Place

CUR196 Robert E. Kelly: On Becoming BBC Dad

12pm

185 Emotional Complexity

1.30pm

2.30pm 190 If You Don’t Laugh You’ll Cry

201 The Changing Face of Australia

5.30pm

192 Growing Up Aboriginal 3pm in Australia 3.30pm 4pm

198 First Things First

200 Alannah Hill: Butterfly on a Pin

4.30pm 5pm 5.30pm 6pm

203 Closing Address: Jennifer Egan

6.30pm

11.30am

2pm

202 Jacqui Lambie: Rebel With a Cause

6pm

10.30am

12.30pm

195 Claire Higgins: Asylum By Boat 197 Emily Wilson: Translating The Odyssey

5pm

6.30pm

7pm 7.30pm

178 Charles Massy: Call of the Reed Warbler

187 An Evolving Crisis: Rohingya in Myanmar

CHI10 The Pink Hat

4.30pm

10am

11am

~ ~i wa Thiong’o: 180 Ngug Wrestling with the Devil

186 Amy Goldstein: Janesville

CHI8 The Ultimate Guide to Disgusting Food 189 Sarah Ferguson: On Mother

CHI11 The Mr Chicken & Old Tom Draw Off with Leigh Hobbs

170 Pajtim Statovci: My Cat Yugoslavia

1pm 182 Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

CHI9 Illustrator Battle Rounds

168 Power Play: Toxic Masculinity in Storytelling

CHI6 Spies, Lies & Mysteries: Meet Kensy and Max!

3pm 3.30pm

SOUND LOUNGE

9.30am

12.30pm 1pm

REGINALD THEATRE

9am

11am 11.30am

EVEREST THEATRE

164 Coffee & Papers with the SMH: Francis Wade

9.30am 10am

BLACKSMITH’S WORKSHOP

7pm

ALSO TODAY

8pm

ALSO TODAY

7.30pm

CARRIAGEWORKS BAY 25

8pm

The Big Backyard 10am-4pm

8.30pm 9pm

9pm

9.30pm

9.30pm

n Carriageworks venues: Track 8, Track 12, Bay 17, Bay 20, Blacksmith’s Workshop  Coffee & Papers

8.30pm

 Curiosity Series

 Nights at Carriageworks

n Seymour Centre venues: York Theatre, Everest Theatre, Reginald Theatre, Sound Lounge

Thinking Globally

 Guest Curators

 Family Program


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Festival Precinct & City

SATURDAY MAY 5 – SUNDAY MAY 6

Festival Highlight

179 THE RISE OF AUSTRALIAN POPULISM May 6, 11.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Rising populism threatens to reshape the political status quo in Australia. Please Explain author Anna Broinowski, Populism Now! writer David McKnight and Rogue Nation author Royce Kurmelovs join host Nick Feik to examine the state of play. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

158 THIS IS NOT A MOMENT, IT’S A MOVEMENT May 5, 6–7pm Sydney Town Hall Three prominent voices share their unique perspectives on the #MeToo movement – from its repercussions, to how the media have handled (and mishandled) it, and why Australia’s defamation laws may have prevented it from taking full flight at home. Sophie Black speaks to reporter and Women in Media co-founder Tracey Spicer, New York Times journalist Jenna Wortham, and Washington Post writer Irin Carmon, who broke the Charlie Rose story. $45/$35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

~ ~ 180 NGUG I WA THIONG’O: WRESTLING WITH THE DEVIL May 6, 12–1pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Susan Wyndham speaks to acclaimed ~ ~i wa Thiong’o about author Ngug Wrestling with the Devil, the memoir of his sudden imprisonment in a Kenyan jail and subsequent artistic triumph. $30/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au   CUR181 EILEEN MYLES: STRAIGHT EXPECTATIONS May 6, 1.30–2.10pm Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15

182 TAYARI JONES: AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE May 6, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 An Oprah’s Book Club selection and New York Times bestseller, An American Marriage is a stunning love story about family, injustice and marriage. Glory Edim meets Tayari Jones to discuss one of the most acclaimed books of the year. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 183 TABOO AND OTHER BATTLES May 6, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre In conversation with Mark Baker, renowned Indigenous writers Kim Scott and Marcia Langton examine the role of fiction in the ongoing discovery of our colonial past and its resonance with the present. Curated by Marcia Langton. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

184 ALEXIS OKEOWO: A MOONLESS, STARLESS SKY May 6, 1.30–2.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Sally Warhaft meets winnner of the 2018 PEN Open Book Award, Alexis Okeowo, to discuss A Moonless, Starless Sky, her literary non-fiction tour de force about people courageously resisting fundamentalism across Africa. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 185 EMOTIONAL COMPLEXITY May 6, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Two of South–East Asia’s most exciting new literary talents, Intan Paramaditha and Sharlene Teo, discuss their captivating stories that focus on the

lives of women today. They appear in conversation with Elizabeth McMahon. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au   186 AMY GOLDSTEIN: JANESVILLE May 6, 1.30–2.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Amy Goldstein’s Janesville won the 2017 Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award. She speaks to George Megalogenis about how the aftermath of a factory closure in America’s Rust Belt underscores the political repercussions of economic hardship. Supported by ARA. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 187 AN EVOLVING CRISIS: ROHINGYA IN MYANMAR May 6, 2–3pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre SEE THINKING GLOBALLY, PAGE 11

189 SARAH FERGUSON: ON MOTHER May 6, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Four time Walkley Award–winning ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson sits down with Louise Adler to discuss On Mother, her poignant reflection on motherhood written after the sudden death of her own mother. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

Festival Highlight 203 CLOSING ADDRESS: JENNIFER EGAN May 6, 6–7pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad and Manhattan Beach Jennifer Egan delivers the Festival’s Closing Address about the power of media culture and its relationship with storytelling. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au Jennifer Egan also appears at event 157, Saturday 5 May, 6pm at Carriageworks, Bay 17.

190 IF YOU DON’T LAUGH YOU’LL CRY May 6, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Fiction writer and critic Tegan Bennett Daylight joins Stella Prize–winning author Charlotte Wood to investigate the mysterious yet essential ways that humour can illuminate serious literature with humanity and truth. Curated by Charlotte Wood. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 191 CARMEN MARIA MACHADO: HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES May 6, 3–4pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 One of the most discussed authors of the Festival, Carmen Maria Machado sits down with Amelia Lush to talk about her electrifying short–story collection, Her Body and Other Parties. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

192 GROWING UP ABORIGINAL IN AUSTRALIA May 6, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge Anticipated new anthology Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia enlightens, inspires and educates readers about the lives of Aboriginal people today. Anita Heiss speaks with contributors Natalie Cromb, Marlee Silva and Liza-Mare Syron. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 193 BEN TAUB: SYRIA May 6, 3–4pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre In this captivating talk, The New Yorker’s Ben Taub shares audio and footage from his reportage on Syria to argue that malicious states are more capable of systematic atrocities than any terrorist group can ever hope to be. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

203 Closing Address 194 MY WORDS TO REMEMBER

CUR188 JAY KRISTOFF: ON THE EVOLUTION OF SCI-FI May 6, 3–3.40pm Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15

203 Closing Address

158 This is Not a Moment, It’s a Movement

May 6, 3–4.30pm Sydney Jewish Museum Holocaust survivors Paul Drexler, Dasia Black-Gutman, George Sternfeld, Olga Horak and Peter Nash have each written a book based on their experiences. Their courage, determination and positivity in this moving presentation will inspire you. $15 Bookings 02 9360 7999 email rsvp@sjm.com.au 195 CLAIRE HIGGINS: ASYLUM BY BOAT May 6, 3.30–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Barrister Andrew Boe speaks to refugee lawyer and writer Claire Higgins about Asylum by Boat, her fascinating investigation into the Australian Government’s welcoming of Vietnamese refugees during the 1970s despite prejudice and panic. $30/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au CUR196 ROBERT E. KELLY: ON BECOMING BBC DAD May 6, 4.30–5.10pm Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, PAGE 15   197 EMILY WILSON: TRANSLATING THE ODYSSEY May 6, 4.30–5.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 In 2017, Emily Wilson became the first woman to translate Homer’s 12,110-line epic, The Odyssey, into English. She speaks to Jennifer Byrne about her fresh perspective on the ancient tale and why her translation may raise some eyebrows. $30/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

198 FIRST THINGS FIRST May 6, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, Reginald Theatre Co-editor of Griffith Review 60 Sandra Phillips joins Stan Grant, Bruce Pascoe and Megan Davis as they address the need for Australia to hear the voices of its First Nations people. Presented with Griffith Review. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 199 ANNE ALY: FINDING MY PLACE May 6, 4.30–5.30pm Carriageworks, Bay 20 Mark Baker meets Labor MP Anne Aly to discuss Finding My Place, the fascinating story of her journey from Egypt to Lakemba, and becoming the first Muslim woman elected to Federal Parliament. $35/$25 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 200 ALANNAH HILL: BUTTERFLY ON A PIN May 6, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge One of Australia’s most identifiable fashion designers, Alannah Hill, shares highlights from her hilarious and heartbreaking memoir, Butterfly on a Pin, in conversation with ABC’s Michaela Kalowski. $20/$15 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 201 THE CHANGING FACE OF AUSTRALIA May 6, 4.30–5.30pm Seymour Centre, York Theatre Former foreign affairs minister Gareth Evans and authors Linda Jaivin and Richard McGregor join political commentator George Megalogenis to discuss Australia’s changing demography and economic and diplomatic future in the Asian region. Supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. $35/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 202 JACQUI LAMBIE: REBEL WITH A CAUSE May 6, 5–6pm Seymour Centre, Everest Theatre Jacqui Lambie was one of the most heartfelt and unscripted figures in Australian Parliament. She talks to editor of The Guardian, Lenore Taylor, about her remarkable life. $30/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au 203 CLOSING ADDRESS: JENNIFER EGAN May 6, 6–7pm Carriageworks, Bay 17 SEE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT, PAGE 14


The Curiosity Lecture Series

THURSDAY MAY 3 – SUNDAY MAY 6

talk on why he believes mentoring is key to overcoming division and inequality.

From the surprising ramifications of becoming an international viral sensation, to how to effectively steal a deceased person’s identity, and revealing Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a complex fairytale, The Curiosity Lecture Series includes some of the Festival’s most inquiring minds talking about an eclectic range of subjects. All Curiosity Lectures take place on Thursday 3, Friday 4, and Sunday 6 May at Carriageworks Blacksmith’s Workshop. All talks are free, no bookings required.

CUR13 BILLY GRIFFITHS: ON DEEP TIME DREAMING May 3, 10–10.40am Historian and Deep Time Dreaming author Billy Griffiths journeys deep into his research on the Indigenous history of the Australian continent for a captivating talk about language, song, story, ownership and belonging.

CUR30 MICHAEL ROBOTHAM: ON PLOTTING THE PERFECT CRIME May 3, 1.30–2.10pm Multimillion-copy-selling crime writer Michael Robotham delivers a captivating talk about why ‘perfect’ crimes in books are usually boring, and his choice to write about imperfect ones instead.

CUR21 JOE GORMAN: ON SOCCER AND AUSTRALIAN MULTICULTURALISM May 3, 11.30am–12.10pm The Death and Life of Australian Soccer author Joe Gorman discusses how soccer has long contributed to debates around multiculturalism and the forgotten role of soccer clubs during the White Australia Policy years.

CUR37 MELANIE CHENG: ON READING AND EMPATHY May 3, 3–3.40pm Australia Day author and GP Melanie Cheng delivers an illuminating talk on the neuroscience of empathy and the ability of fiction to enhance readers’ sense of compassion.

Festival Highlight

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Festival Highlight CUR166 CARMEN MARIA MACHADO: ON LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT May 6, 10–10.40am Award-winning author Carmen Maria Machado talks about how Law & Order: Special Victims Unit serves as one of the most complex and revealing fairytales of our time. CUR46 NICK BRODIE: ON THE NEED FOR MILLENNIAL HISTORIANS May 3, 4.30–5.10pm Young historian and author Nick Brodie (The Vandemonian War) delivers an entertaining talk on the need to bring millennial voices and fresh perspectives into the history field. CUR62 ELIZA ROBERTSON: ON ASTROLOGY May 4, 10–10.40am Award-winning Canadian author Eliza Robertson examines the history and appeal of astrology, and argues the case for why it provides a more vivid and inspired way of understanding reality. Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

CUR196 ROBERT E. KELLY: ON BECOMING BBC DAD May 6, 4.30–5.10pm When academic Robert E. Kelly’s interview with the BBC was interrupted by his two young children last year, he became an internet sensation. He talks about the surprising ramifications of going viral.

CUR72 CLAIRE G. COLEMAN: ON FICTION, VILLAINS AND THE NATURE OF EVIL May 4, 11.30am–12.10pm Acclaimed Terra Nullius novelist Claire G. Coleman looks through the lens of fictional villainy to contemplate how we view evil in the real world. CUR82 KATE ROSSMANITH: ON CRIME AND REMORSE May 4, 1.30–2.10pm Academic and Small Wrongs author Kate Rossmanith draws on her interviews with judges, lawyers, offenders and victims to deliver an absorbing talk on how remorse is understood and assessed in our justice system. CUR90 JACK MANNING BANCROFT: ON MENTORSHIP May 4, 3–3.40pm Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) founder and Mentoring: The key to a fairer world editor Jack Manning Bancroft delivers a rousing

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CUR99 DANNY DENTON: ON RAIN May 4, 4.30–5.10pm Irish author Danny Denton (The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow) delivers an engrossing talk about rain, from how it alters our senses to its effect on memory, mood and consciousness. Supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney. CUR174 JENNIFER DOWN: ON HOW TO DISAPPEAR May 6, 11.30am–12.10pm Acclaimed author Jennifer Down reveals how one might steal a deceased person’s identity, touching on biometrics, technology and survivalism in the modern era, and famous cases of death fraud. CUR181 EILEEN MYLES: STRAIGHT EXPECTATIONS May 6, 1.30–2.10pm The iconic writer of some 20 books of poetry, prose and fiction, the everprovocative Eileen Myles delivers an electrifying lecture about writing, gender and expectations. CUR188 JAY KRISTOFF: ON THE EVOLUTION OF SCI-FI May 6, 3–3.40pm Lifel1k3 author Jay Kristoff delivers a humorous and insightful talk on the evolution of science fiction – from its origins to the prophetic nature of seminal works in the genre. CUR196 ROBERT E. KELLY: ON BECOMING BBC DAD May 6, 4.30–5.10pm SEE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT, PAGE 15


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Family Program

SATURDAY MAY 5 – SUNDAY MAY 6

Our Family Program kicks off at Sydney Town Hall on Saturday May 5 with bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney sharing the latest rollicking adventures of Greg Heffler. The fun continues on Sunday May 6 at Carriageworks with a blockbuster line-up of events at Track 8 and Track 12 and a jam-packed program of weird, wacky and wonderful free bookish activities taking over The Big Backyard at Bay 25. Don’t miss international favourites Chris Riddell, A.F. Harrold and Junot Díaz as well as homegrown talent The Listies, Jacqueline Harvey and Leigh Hobbs. Drop by The Big Backyard for giant murals, craft workshops and non-stop storytelling. Pick up a map of the Family Program precinct from the information booth at the front of Carriageworks.

CARRIAGEWORKS TRACK 8 & TRACK 12 There’s a full line-up of events to captivate the under-12 crowd at Tracks 8 and 12. All tickets are $5. Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

CHI2 JUNOT DÍAZ: THE POWER OF IMAGINATION May 6, 10–10.45am Carriageworks, Track 12 Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman speaks to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz about why he decided to write the picture book Islandborn, and why he believes children’s books are “our first passports into the world”. Rec. 7+. Supported by ARA.

CHI3 LEVI PINFOLD: ILLUSTRATING HARRY POTTER May 6, 10–10.45am Carriageworks, Track 8 Award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold talks to Adele Walsh about the joy he found in redesigning the cover of the first Harry Potter book in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Rec. 9+.

CHI4 OUTSIDE: A FEAST OF THE SENSES May 6, 11.15am–12pm Carriageworks, Track 12 In an event that will enchant young audiences, renowned children’s author Libby Hathorn reads excerpts from her book Outside, to the accompaniment of a musical quartet while illustrations are beamed on screen. The music is drawn from a lively score by Elena Kats-Chernin. Rec. 4+.

CHI5 CHRIS RIDDELL AND A.F. HARROLD BRING QUIRKY TALES TO LIFE May 6, 11.15am–12pm Carriageworks, Track 8 SEE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT, PAGE 16 CHI6 SPIES, LIES AND MYSTERIES: MEET KENSY AND MAX! May 6, 1–1.45pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Ever wondered what it takes to be a spy? Bestselling children’s author

CHI1 Jeff Kinney

Jacqueline Harvey reveals how to be a successful sleuth, as well as her inspiration behind the 11-year-old spies Kensy and Max. Rec. 7+. CHI7 BAB SHARKEY AND THE ANIMAL MUMMIES May 6, 1–1.45pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Go on a hilarious adventure through a spooky lost city of animal mummies with kids’ writer and The Chaser comedian Andrew Hansen and author and illustrator Jessica Roberts. Rec. 6+. CHI8 THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO DISGUSTING FOOD May 6, 2.15–3pm Carriageworks, Track 12 The country’s silliest comedians, The Listies, introduce kids to Ickyfoodia, unveiling the recipe for macaroni and sneeze as well as the ultimate hambooger. Rec. 6+. Limited to 80 places. CHI9 ILLUSTRATOR BATTLE ROUNDS May 6, 2.15–3pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Top children’s book illustrators square off live on stage for the annual drawing showdown, which promises to be colourful, cutthroat and completely outrageous! Hosted by ABC Radio Sydney’s James Valentine. Rec. 5+. CHI10 THE PINK HAT May 6, 3.30–4.15pm Carriageworks, Track 12 Prolific illustrator and children’s book author Andrew Joyner explains how the global Women’s March motivated him to create his latest book, The Pink Hat, while he draws live on stage. Rec. 3+. CHI11 THE MR CHICKEN AND OLD TOM DRAW OFF WITH LEIGH HOBBS May 6, 3.30–4.15pm Carriageworks, Track 8 In this interactive workshop, much-loved artist and author Leigh Hobbs teaches kids to draw his irrepressible characters, including the outrageous Old Tom and well-travelled Mr Chicken. Introduced by Oliver Phommavanh. Rec. 5+.

Festival Highlight CHI1 JEFF KINNEY: THE GETAWAY May 5, 3.30–4.30pm Sydney Town Hall Bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney returns to share the latest adventures of the ever-mischievous Greg Heffley in a fun-packed family event hosted by Oliver Phommavanh. Rec. 7+. Supported by ARA. $30/$20 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

CARRIAGEWORKS THE BIG BACKYARD BAY 25 The Big Backyard is as buzzy as ever, bursting with free bookish activities. Come along to Bay 25 anytime between 10am and 4pm for storytelling, live drawing and craft. All ages are welcome. All events are free, no bookings required. STORYTIME CLUBHOUSE May 6, 10am–4pm Settle in to hear your favourite children’s authors and illustrators read their stories. With a different author dropping by every half hour, you never know who you might meet.

CHI5 Chris Riddell & A.F. Harrold

Festival Highlight CHI5 CHRIS RIDDELL AND A.F. HARROLD BRING QUIRKY TALES TO LIFE May 6, 11.15am–12pm Carriageworks, Track 8 Entertaining poet and wordsmith A.F. Harrold recites poems while former UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell (pictured) illustrates them live on stage. Rec. 6+. $5 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

MAY GIBBS COLOURING-IN WALL May 6, 10am–4pm To celebrate the centenary of May Gibbs’ illustrated children’s books, grab your favourite markers and start colouring in our giant Gumnut Babies mural. CASULA POWERHOUSE’S DADA MUSIC May 6, 10am–4pm Want to create your own music? What about your own instruments? Join the Dada music workshop to make some funky percussion beats inspired by the Dada art movement. Presented with Casula Powerhouse. RUSS THE STORY BUS May 6, 10am–4pm Hop aboard Russ the Story Bus and choose from one of the hundreds of stories available to read. Or, on the hour, have a book read to you by a Storyville actor. Before you leave, make a memento of your visit with illustrator Cheryl Orsini. Presented with Storyville. THE COLOUR AND CRAFT DEPOT May 6, 10am–4pm Visit the Colour and Craft Depot and let your creativity run wild with pencil and paper as well as activities inspired by the work of May Gibbs (Gumnut Babies), Daniel Gray-Barnett (Grandma Z) and Chris Riddell (the Goth Girl and Ottoline series).

WELCOME TO MUMPHIS! May 6, 10am–4pm Step into the hilarious, adventurous world of Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies by The Chaser’s Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts. Make your own beard and take selfies at the gate of ancient Mumphis! SHOUT OUT TO THE GIRLS EXHIBITION – A CELEBRATION OF AWESOME AUSTRALIAN WOMEN May 6, 10am–4pm Discover some of Australia’s most inspiring women in Shout Out to the Girls, an exhibition of stunning portraits by local female artists. Presented with WestWords and Penguin Random House. ON THE SPOT STORIES May 6, 10.30am–12pm Repeat session: 12.30–2pm James O’Loghlin and Andrew Cranna have less than two hours to write and illustrate a story. Drop in to give them your ideas and see the story unfold. Rec. 6+. THE TURNERS AUDIOPLAY May 6, 10.30am–3.30pm Being a Turner is no easy thing. Step into an immersive audio experience playing a character from Mick Elliott’s The Turners. You’ll be equipped with a mobile phone and headphones for the journey. Presented with Side Pony Productions.

Student Sessions Covering a range of stimulating topics linked to the NSW school curriculum, the Student Sessions program gives secondary school students rare access to some of the biggest stars on the Festival program, including acclaimed writers, respected social commentators and the world’s keenest thought-leaders. Held on Wednesday May 2 at the Seymour Centre, this year’s line-up includes Cleo Wade, Richard Lloyd Parry,

Chris Riddell, Omar Musa, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Alice Pung, David Hunt and Nick Brodie. Student Sessions is presented by Sydney Writers’ Festival and the NSW Education Standards Authority. Student Sessions is for students only. Schools can book tickets at swf.org.au or by calling 02 9256 4200.


Workshops & All-Day YA Whether you want to write a family history (that other people actually want to read), learn the tricks of the best speechwriters, hone your work for live performance, build a compelling narrative or learn how to ask better questions, there’s a Sydney Writers’ Festival workshop to help get you there. Our experts teach practical skills and share the secrets to creativity. Workshops run from Monday April 30 to Saturday May 5. All workshops are at the Seymour Centre, Chippendale. Bookings via 02 9256 4200 or swf.org.au, unless otherwise stated.

W1 MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD: GOOD WRITING VS. BAD WRITING April 30, 9.30am–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 1 Director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement, Michael Mohammed Ahmad offers a Sweatshop-style masterclass, giving participants firsthand experience of his full-intensity creative writing model. $185/$160

Festival Highlight

W2 KIRK DOCKER: HOW TO ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS April 30, 9.30am–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 2 Kirk Docker (co-creator of ABC’s awardwinning You Can’t Ask That) explores the art of asking the hard questions during an interview so that you come away with answers that are real, compelling and unrehearsed. $185/$160 W3 LIAM PIEPER: REALISE YOUR NOVEL’S POTENTIAL April 30, 9.30am–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 3 Beat writer’s block, build a compelling narrative, write authentic dialogue and more – everything you need to take your novel from the blank page to the publisher’s office. $185/$160 W4 SOFIE LAGUNA: CREATING COMPELLING CHARACTERS May 2, 9.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 3 Miles Franklin winner Sofie Laguna demonstrates how deepening your knowledge of character can help you overcome the challenges of plot, tone, structure and style. $100/$80

W5 MEERA ATKINSON: WRITING TRAUMA: EXPLORING LITERARY TRAUMA TESTIMONY May 2, 9.30am–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 1 The prospect of writing trauma can be both daunting and compelling. Meera Atkinson invites those writing or looking to write trauma in any genre to explore the call, and the challenges. $185/$160 W6 DENNIS GLOVER: THE ART OF SPEECHWRITING May 3, 9.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 1 Experienced speechwriter Dennis Glover uses the great orations you know from history, literature, movies and TV to help you understand how to write speeches and maybe even approach a career in speechwriting. $100/$80 W7 ANNA GEORGE: HOW TO WRITE A PAGE TURNER May 3, 9.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 2 Do you love to read page turners and want to write one? Join acclaimed author Anna George to learn how to turn a story idea into a structured narrative. $100/$80

W8 CANDY ROYALLE: WRITE BREATHE PERFORM May 3, 9.30am–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 3 Write Breathe Perform is a masterclass designed and facilitated by award-winning writer and performer Candy Royalle. This workshop focuses on writing from a place of vulnerability, engaging poetic devices and honing the work for live performance. $185/$160

All-Day YA RIVERSIDE THEATRES, PARRAMATTA Saturday May 5, 10am–6pm We’re taking over Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, once again for a full day of Young Adult (YA) programming. The colossal line-up includes bestselling author Patrick Ness, screenwriter and author Jesse Andrews, and poet and artist Cleo Wade. Local authors include Alice Pung, Shaun Tan and Jay Kristoff. This year, we welcome Sydney Writers’ Festival Youth Curators Kellie Phan; Aida Ismail; Vivien Huang; Sharnay Mkhayber; Layla Mkhayber; Rameen Hayat; Sina Aghamofid; Ali Al Haj; Hope Lee; and Vivian Pham. They have contributed to a thought-provoking and vibrant program that interrogates diversity, stereotypes and politics in YA fiction. Hear from award-winning illustrators on bringing imaginary worlds to life; see Omar Musa and Evelyn Araluen go head to head in a poetry debate. And don't miss the return of the ever-popular TeenCon (moderated by Will Kostakis). Be sure to head to the YA Hub between sessions – you’ll find food trucks, DJs, book signings and more. All-Day YA is supported by the City of Parramatta and the Department of Family and Community Services. $10 per event. Recommended for 12+. Bookings 02 8839 3399, riversideparramatta.com.au YA1 ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL: FILM SCREENING AND Q&A May 2, 7.30–10pm Newtown Library Join author Jesse Andrews for a screening of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, the award-winning film based on his book. Afterwards, he speaks to youth programmer Clare Sawyer about writing the screenplay. Presented by the City of Sydney Libraries. Free, bookings essential, 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au (Max. 4 tickets per booking)

MONDAY APRIL 30 – SATURDAY MAY 5

YA2 FROM THE SIDELINES May 5, 10–11am Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Youth Curator Rameen Hayat speaks to authors Tamar Chnorhokian, Sarah Ayoub, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Patrick Ness about diversity and tokenism in YA fiction. Programmed with SWF Youth Curators.

W9 FOREST FOR THE TREES: WRITERS AND PUBLISHING IN 2018 May 3, 10am–4.30pm State Library New South Wales Metcalfe Auditorium Forest for the Trees is a one-day seminar that explores the state of writing and publishing in Australia. It brings together writers, publishers and industry representatives to discuss what is happening in 2018. Presented with the NSW Writers’ Centre. $65/$45 Concession/NSWWC members, Bookings 02 9555 9757 nswwc.org.au W10 NICK BRODIE: WRITING FAMILY HISTORY (THAT OTHER PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANT TO READ) May 4, 9.30am–12.30pm

Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 3 Why keep it all a secret? Join historian Nick Brodie and discover how to turn your research into a family history that your relatives and friends (and others) will actually want to read. $100/$80 W11 NICKI GREENBERG: BRINGING YOUR PICTURE BOOK TO LIFE May 4, 9.30am–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 1 Explore the alchemy of words and pictures with award-winning author and illustrator Nicki Greenberg. Nicki explores character and expression, style, pace, structure and voice. $185/$160 W12 MARIA TUMARKIN: WRITING LITERARY NON-FICTION May 4, 9.30am–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 2 Join writer Maria Tumarkin for a workshop on literary non-fiction’s hard bits – ethics, research (when’s too much, what’s too little), and steering autobiographical material into territory way beyond the personal. $185/$160 W13 MEERA ATKINSON: SAYING THE UNSAYABLE: THE ART AND PRACTICE OF WRITING POETRY May 4, 1.30–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 3 Budding poets are invited to join Meera Atkinson for an interactive workshop that explores poetry’s capacity for creative expression. This event aims to help you find your poetic voice. $100/$80 W14 A.F. HARROLD: PLAYING WITH POETRY May 5, 9.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 2 Poet and performer A.F. Harrold’s poetry workshop is for people who want to be playful in the face of a blank page. Have fun with words and be ready to let them surprise you. $100/$80

YA6 THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL May 5, 1.30–2.30pm Riverside Theatres, Parramatta The lack of political voice leads to disempowerment, disengagement and disadvantage. Bec Kavanagh hosts a panel discussion with authors Kirsty Eagar, Randa Abdel-Fattah and Alice Pung, who reveal the politics that affect them. Presented with the Stella Schools Program. YA7 ARCHITECTS OF NEW WORLDS May 5, 1.30–2.30pm Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Authors Jesse Andrews, Cally Black, Claire G. Coleman and Jay Kristoff speak to Adele Walsh about how dystopian scenarios in fantasy, science fiction and YA fiction can reflect real-world concerns. Programmed with SWF Youth Curators.

W15 ALISON CROGGON: BUILDING WORLDS: HOW TO MAKE FANTASY REAL May 5, 9.30am–12.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 3 In fantasy worlds, the maps, invented languages and fantastic beasts are all important, but without familiar details, they ring hollow. Join Alison Croggon to discover how to make fantasy worlds compelling and real. $100/$80 W16 ELEANOR LIMPRECHT: RESEARCH AND WRITING: THE TRUTH IS IN THE DETAIL May 5, 1.30–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 2 If you’re writing about a subject you don’t know intimately, how do you find authentic details? Author Eleanor Limprecht explores research tools that can help you improve your writing by discovering the detail. $100/$80 W17 KATRINA NANNESTAD: WRITING FOR CHILDREN – NUTS AND BOLTS AND GIGGLES May 5, 9.30am–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 1 Children’s author Katrina Nannestad takes you through the simple strategies she uses to turn the seed of an idea into a novel for kids and the tricks that make her words sing. $185/$160 W18 DANIEL FINDLAY: FINDING AND WRITING A CONVINCING VOICE May 5, 1.30–4.30pm Seymour Centre, Workshop Room 3 A strong and believable voice can help your story shine. Author Daniel Findlay explores how the influences of place and research can create an authentic voice that helps you build your world. $100/$80

YA5 Patrick Ness & Jesse Andrews

YA3 IDEAS TO INSPIRE WITH CLEO WADE May 5, 10–11am Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Described as "the Millennial Oprah" by New York magazine, artist, poet and storyteller Cleo Wade chats with Sara Mansour about her inspiring collection Heart Talk and promoting change through positivity. YA4 BURN THE BURN BOOK: REAL GIRLS IN YA May 5, 11.30am–12.30pm Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Celebrated YA writers Rebecca Lim, Alicia Tuckerman, Tara Eglington and Jenna Guillaume join forces to reflect on writing truthfully about the experiences of teenage girls — from friendships to frenemies to first loves. They are in conversation with former Inky Awards judge and Youth Curator Kellie Phan. Programmed with SWF Youth Curators.

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Festival Highlight YA5 WRITING FOR YA BOOKS AND FILM May 5, 11.30am–12.30pm Riverside Theatre, Parramatta Authors Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking and A Monster Calls) and Jesse Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) describe their creative writing processes and adapting their stories for film. YA8 #POETRYDEBATE: WHO TAKES THE CROWN? May 5, 3–4pm Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Two of the Festival’s most exciting poets, Evelyn Araluen and Omar Musa, square off for a poetry debate with moderators and Youth Curators Sina Aghamofid, Ali Al Haj and Layla Mkhayber. Three rounds. One winner. You decide! Programmed with SWF Youth Curators. YA9 BRINGING IMAGINARY WORLDS TO LIFE May 5, 3–4pm Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Find out how artists create the imaginary worlds you see in YA and fantasy books. Renowned illustrators Nicki Greenberg, Levi Pinfold, Chris Riddell and Shaun Tan discuss the creative process.

YA10 THE FUTURE OF WRITING May 5, 4.30–5.30pm Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Tonya Alexandra, Alison Croggon and Jay Kristoff sit down with YA author Jenna Guillaume for a fascinating discussion about how self-publishing, fan fiction and new technologies are reshaping writers’ lives. Programmed with SWF Youth Curators. YA11 TEENCON 2018 May 5, 4.30–6pm Riverside Theatres, Parramatta TeenCon 2018 offers the inside scoop on the most exciting YA releases direct from publishers, along with book giveaways, impromptu competitions and audience participation. Hosted by Will Kostakis.


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Suburban & Regional

MONDAY APRIL 30 – SUNDAY MAY 6

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PENRITH

SR1: XUE YIWEI: SHENZHENERS May 5, 2.30–3.30pm The Church A maverick of Chinese literature, Xue Yiwei speaks to Luise Guest about his awardwinning short-story collection Shenzheners, which takes readers beneath the surface of the megalopolis of Shenzhen. Supported by Mrs Judith Neilson AM and the White Rabbit Gallery. Free, bookings essential 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au

SR9 TONY JONES: THE TWENTIETH MAN May 2, 12.30–1.30pm Chatswood Library on the Concourse From the mountains of Europe to the corridors of Canberra, The Twentieth Man is the gripping debut novel from one of Australia’s most admired journalists and host of ABC’s Q&A, Tony Jones. Supported by Willoughby City Council. Free, bookings essential 02 9777 7900 willoughby.nsw.gov.au/library

SR25 LUKE SLATTERY: MRS. M May 2, 6.30–7.30pm Penrith City Library Luke Slattery talks about Mrs. M, his imagined history and portrait of Elizabeth Macquarie, widow of the disgraced former NSW governor Lachlan Macquarie. $5 Bookings 02 4732 7891

ASHFIELD

SR2 EDDIE AYRES: DANGER MUSIC May 3, 6.30–7.30pm Ashfield Town Hall ABC RN's The Art Hub host Eddie Ayres talks about Danger Music, the remarkable memoir of how he came to accept his gender identity while teaching cello to children in war-torn Kabul. Free, bookings essential 02 9392 5810 innerwestlibraries.eventbrite.com.au

SR11 SOFIE LAGUNA: THE CHOKE May 3, 12.30–1.30pm Chatswood Library on the Concourse Miles Franklin–winning author Sofie Laguna speaks about The Choke, her brilliant and haunting new novel about a child navigating a dangerous world. Supported by Willoughby City Council. Free, bookings essential 02 9777 7900 willoughby.nsw.gov.au/library

AUBURN

DOUBLE BAY

SR3 AUBURN POETS AND WRITERS: STORIES OF US May 2, 7–8.30pm Auburn Town Hall The Auburn Poets and Writers Group share stories of the sights, sounds, aromas and memories of Cumberland, one of the most culturally diverse areas of Australia. $10 Bookings eventbrite.com.au Enquiries through Peacock Gallery 02 8745 9794

SR12 STUART KELLS: THE LIBRARY: A CATALOGUE OF WONDERS May 4, 12–1pm Woollahra Library at Double Bay Stuart Kells explores the bookish places – real and fictitious – that continue to capture our imaginations. The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders is a fascinating exploration of the beauty and wonder of libraries. Free, bookings essential 02 9391 7100 woollahra.nsw.gov.au/events

BANKSTOWN

GORDON

SR4 BANKSTOWN POETRY SLAM April 30, 6.45–9pm Bankstown Arts Centre Bankstown Poetry Slam hosts its monthly slam at the Bankstown Arts Centre. Bring your clicking fingers and get ready for some of Australia’s best spoken-word poetry. Supported by Bankstown Youth Development Services and Bankstown Arts Centre. Gold coin donation, no bookings required

SR13 MELANIE CHENG: AUSTRALIA DAY May 3, 6.30–7.30pm Ku-Ring-Gai Gordon Library An important new voice in Australian literature, Melanie Cheng talks about her award-winning debut collection of stories, Australia Day, which asks crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world. $5 Bookings 02 9424 0120 kmc.nsw.gov.au

BELROSE

HORNSBY

SR5 JENNIFER DOWN: PULSE POINTS May 6, 2–3pm Glen Street Theatre Join Jennifer Down as she discusses Pulse Points, her poignant short-story collection that explores the lives of characters in dusty towns, exotic cities and droll suburbs. $15 Bookings 02 9975 1455 glenstreet.com.au

SR14 RICHARD DENNISS: CURING AFFLUENZA May 4, 6.30–7.30pm Hornsby Central Library Join Chief Economist of the Australia Institute and Curing Affluenza author Richard Denniss for a lively conversation about how we can combat an epidemic of consumerism and waste. Free, bookings essential 02 9847 6614 hornsby.nsw.gov.au/library

BLACKTOWN

SR6 MICHAEL ROBOTHAM: THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS May 3, 6.30–7.30pm Blacktown City Max Webber Library Award-winning writer Michael Robotham discusses The Secrets She Keeps, hailed by Stephen King as "a book you won’t be able to put down, although you may occasionally want to hide your eyes”. Free, bookings essential 02 9839 6677 swf2018.eventbrite.com.au

CAMPBELLTOWN

SR7 ANNA BROINOWSKI: PLEASE EXPLAIN May 4, 6–7pm Campbelltown HJ Daley Central Library Don’t miss filmmaker and author Anna Broinowski speak about Please Explain, her compelling and intimate look at how Pauline Hanson has changed Australia and the rise of populism. Free, bookings essential 02 4645 4444

CASULA

SR8 OWNING YOUR STORY May 6, 1.30-2.30pm Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Writers from Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement debate the politics of identity in storytelling and how it’s a powerful tool for resisting systemic racism and classism, in Australia and beyond. $20/$10 Bookings 02 9824 1121 casulapowerhouse.com

HURSTVILLE SR15 HUGH RIMINTON: MINEFIELDS May 3, 7–8pm Hurstville Library Award-winning correspondent

SR10 Jane Harper

RANDWICK

Festival Highlight SR10 JANE HARPER: FORCE OF NATURE May 2, 7–8pm, The Concourse Concert Hall Michael Robotham sits down with Jane Harper to talk about her literary success, having her debut novel The Dry optioned for film adaptation by Reese Witherspoon, and her gripping follow-up mystery, Force of Nature. Supported by Willoughby City Council and Audible. $30/$20 Bookings 02 8075 8111, theconcourse.com.au Hugh Riminton speaks about Minefields, his captivating memoir that charts a career reporting on massacres, wars, conflicts and every kind of natural disaster in some 50 countries. Free, bookings essential 02 9330 6111 georgesriver.spydus.com

NEWTOWN YA1 ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL: FILM SCREENING AND Q&A May 2, 7.30–10pm Newtown Library SEE ALL-DAY YA, PAGE 17

KENSINGTON

PARRAMATTA

SR16 JENNY ZHANG AT UNSW May 3, 6–7pm John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Jenny Zhang’s short-story collection Sour Heart is the first book published by Lena Dunham’s Lenny imprint and was described in the New Yorker as "astounding". Find out what makes her tick. Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. Free, bookings essential unsw.edu.au/events

SR19 LUNCHTIME SESSIONS: RICHARD DENNISS May 1, 1pm–2pm Coleman Greig Lawyers, Parramatta At this lunchtime event, join Chief Economist of the Australia Institute and Curing Affluenza author Richard Denniss for a lively conversation about how we can combat an epidemic of consumerism and waste. Supported by the City of Parramatta. $30 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au Ticket price includes a light lunch

KOGARAH SR17 JANE CARO: UNBREAKABLE May 1, 7–8pm Kogarah Library and Service Centre Author and broadcaster Jane Caro speaks about Unbreakable, the captivating collection of essays she edited in which successful Australian women, including author Kathy Lette and journalist Tracey Spicer, reveal the challenges they have overcome. Free, bookings essential 02 9330 9527 georgesriver.spydus.com

NARELLAN SR18 JAMELLE WELLS: THE COURT REPORTER May 1, 6.30–7.30pm Narellan Library Hear seasoned ABC court reporter Jamelle Wells discuss her tough and fearless memoir that looks at the most shocking, moving and memorable cases of her career. $5 Bookings 02 4645 5039 library.camden.nsw.gov.au/bookings

SR24 Jacqui Lambie

Festival Highlight SR24 JACQUI LAMBIE: REBEL WITH A CAUSE May 5, 7.30–8.30pm Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Jacqui Lambie was one of the most heartfelt and unscripted figures in Australian parliament. She talks to ABC Radio Sydney’s Richard Glover about her remarkable life. Supported by the City of Parramatta. $25/$20 Bookings essential 02 8839 3399, riversideparramatta.com.au

SR20 LUNCHTIME SESSIONS: JEFF GOODELL May 2, 1pm–2pm Matthews Folbigg Lawyers, Parramatta Rolling Stone contributing editor Jeff Goodell talks to Elizabeth McCarthy about travelling to 12 countries and interviewing Barack Obama to write The Water Will Come, a warning cry about climate change. Supported by the City of Parramatta. $30 Bookings 02 9256 4200, swf.org.au Ticket price includes a light lunch SR21 FINISHING SCHOOL PRESENTS TALKING BODIES May 3, 6.30–8.30pm Parramatta Artists Studios In a night of storytelling, performance and spinning turntables, four women explore their experiences with sex and grief, morphing genders, moving countries and taking back their lives. Supported by the City of Parramatta. Free, no bookings required cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/livingcommunity/the-arts A light supper and drinks will be provided free of charge. SR22 THE RUMBLE May 5, 6–7pm Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Check out the freshest young performing writers as they battle it out to be named The Rumble Champion 2018. Each performer has just three minutes to wow the crowd. Supported by the City of Parramatta and presented with Word Travels. Free, bookings essential 02 8839 3399 riversideparramatta.com.au SR23 PETER GRESTE: THE FIRST CASUALTY May 5, 7.30–8.30pm Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Foreign correspondent and The First Casualty author Peter Greste examines the threat to investigative journalism in the age of terrorism and fake news, in conversation with Hamish Macdonald. Supported by the City of Parramatta $25/$20 Bookings 02 8399 3399 riversideparramatta.com.au

SR26 ALICE PUNG: ON JOHN MARSDEN May 2, 6.30–7.30pm Margaret Martin Library, Randwick Acclaimed author Alice Pung discusses her book On John Marsden from the Writers on Writers series, in which celebrated Australian storytellers reflect on a literary figure who has inspired and fascinated them. Free, bookings essential randwick.nsw.gov.au/library Enquiries 02 9093 6400

RHODES SR27 FELICITY FENNER: RUNNING THE CITY May 2, 6.30–7.30pm The Connection, The Event Space Curator Felicity Fenner reflects on her book Running the City, exploring the importance of public art to cities’ identities and providing examples that delight, inspire and challenge us. Free, bookings essential through Concord Library 02 9911 6210 felicity-fenner-running-the-city. eventbrite.com.au

ROCKDALE SR28 ANNA GEORGE: THE LONE CHILD May 4, 12.30–1.30pm Rockdale Library Anna George discusses her gripping and atmospheric novel The Lone Child, which explores how the desire to mother, and to be mothered, can be overwhelmingly seductive. Free, bookings essential 02 9562 1821 baysidelibrary.eventbrite.com.au

RYDE SR29 HUGH MACKAY: AUSTRALIA REIMAGINED May 3, 6.30–7.30pm Ryde Library One of the country’s most esteemed social researchers, Hugh Mackay, talks about Australia Reimagined, his uplifting and passionate treatise about a growing societal crisis and how it can be reversed. Free, bookings essential 02 9952 8352 cityofryde.eventbrite.com.au

WINDSOR SR30 FELICITY CASTAGNA: NO MORE BOATS May 2, 6–7pm Hawkesbury Central Library Felicity Castagna talks about No More Boats, her electrifying novel that taps the political nerve exposed in 2001 when the Norwegian ship MV Tampa, carrying 438 refugees, was refused entry into Australia. $5 Bookings 02 4560 4460 hawkesburylibrary.eventbrite.com

WOLLONGONG SR31 ROCKET READINGS April 29, 1–3.30pm Wollongong Art Gallery Rocket Readings is a lively annual poetry event featuring local and national poets, followed by an open mic. $5 Bookings 02 4228 0151 Entry goes towards the South Coast Writers Centre Indigenous Program SR32 BLACK WALLABY INDIGENOUS WRITERS’ NIGHT May 3, 6–8.30pm Wollongong Art Gallery A night of readings from the anniversary edition of Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre (Volume 6), an anthology that contributes to the diversity of Aboriginal writing in Australia. $5 Bookings 02 4228 0151 Entry goes towards the South Coast Writers Centre Indigenous Program


Blue Mountains

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The Blue Mountains program is presented by Varuna, the National Writers’ House and Sydney Writers’ Festival. Day passes are available for Monday April 30 at early bird rates ($70/$60) and standard rates ($80/$70). Tickets for single sessions are $20/$17.50, unless otherwise stated. Bookings 02 4782 5674, varuna.com.au/festival

SR44 T ara Westover

Workshops SR33 THE UNBELIEVABLE TRUTH April 27, 10am–1pm Varuna, the National Writers’ House Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone has the confidence to write it. Madeline Oliver and Viv Lewis offer strategies to overcome writer’s block with a clear, simple plan. $70/$60 SR35 GOOD THINKING, GOOD WRITING WITH TOHBY RIDDLE April 28, 9.30–11am Katoomba Library By offering playful ways of looking at words and generating ideas, Tohby Riddle’s workshop helps young writers to broaden their approach to writing. Rec. 10–14. $15

SR34 VARUNA FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY April 27, 7–9pm Varuna, the National Writers’ House Celebrate the launch of our 2018 Festival program with a special performance at Varuna by extraordinary musician Kate Fagan. Tickets include drinks and light refreshments. $40 SR37 GRUG AND TED PRIOR April 28, 10–10.45am Katoomba Library Come along for this story session and meet Grug and his creator, Ted Prior. Perfect for kids aged 2–6, but fun for fans of all ages. Free, no bookings

SR36 FLASH! April 28, 10am–1pm Varuna, the National Writers’ House For writers of all levels, this workshop explores ways to craft compelling flash fiction. Participants will leave with a story draft and ideas on submission opportunities. $70/$60 SR42 THE COMMON TABLE April 29, 11.30am–2.30pm Varuna, the National Writers’ House Award-winning Sydney poet Eileen Chong conducts a hands-on workshop exploring food in poetry. Be prepared to read and write poems, and bring your appetite for words. Light lunch included. $85/$75

SR38 EMILY RODDA April 28, 11am–12pm Katoomba Library This is a chance for middle-grade readers to meet Emily Rodda, ask her questions and hear about her new book, The Shop at Hoopers Bend. Rec. 9+. Free, no bookings SR39 CRACKING CLIMATE BY CRACKING CONSUMPTION April 28, 1–2pm Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Climate scientist Joëlle Gergis and Chief Economist at The Australia Institute Richard Denniss, appear in conversation with ABC RN’s Gregg Borschmann.

Festival Highlight SR44 TARA WESTOVER: GETTING EDUCATED April 30, 9.30–10.30am Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Tara appears in conversation with James Roy to discuss her incredible memoir of how she broke free from a childhood in a survivalist family and went on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. SR40 RISING IN THE WEST: WRITING FROM SYDNEY’S HEART April 28, 2.30–3.30pm Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Omar Sakr, Rawah Arja and Stephen Pham are three of the rising stars of Western Sydney’s vibrant writing scene. They explore the fiery writing coming out of Sydney’s geographical and cultural heartland. SR41 HOW TO GET PUBLISHED: INSIDERS’ PERSPECTIVES April 28, 2.30–5pm Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Have you ever wondered what it takes to get published? Pose your questions to our panel of publishing insiders in this lively session with writers, publishers, agents and editors. $30/$27

Live & Local

Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local program offers regional and national audiences access to the largest Festival of books and ideas in the southern hemisphere by streaming to arts centres, libraries, and writers’ groups across the country. Audiences at these venues can actively engage with and contribute to our Festival by submitting questions to guest writers through Twitter and text message. In 2015, the inaugural Live & Local program included 10 streaming partners across New South Wales. This year, we’re proud to have more than 35 partners on board to deliver Sydney Writers’ Festival 2018 highlights to communities in every state and territory in Australia, from Broome to Bundaberg, and Alice Springs to Launceston. Join us as we celebrate books, challenge ideas, and interrogate power. Learn more at swf.org.au/live

Liane Moriarty MACQUARIE GRADUATE AND BIG LITTLE LIES AUTHOR

Studying our Master of Creative Writing put Liane on track to top the New York Times bestseller list – three times. Big Little Lies is a hit series on HBO, where it has won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards. Screen adaptations of two other books – The Husband’s Secret and Truly Madly Guilty – are currently underway. WHERE WILL MACQUARIE TAKE YOU? mq.edu.au/creative-writing

SR43 VARUNA POETRY CIRCLE April 29, 2.30–4.30pm Varuna, the National Writers’ House Join local and visiting poets at Varuna. Bring your own poem to read, or simply sit by the fire, listen and enjoy the magical ambience of Varuna. $5 SR45 DIAS NOVITA WURI: FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES April 30, 11am–12pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Indonesian writer, linguist and translator Dias Novita Wuri talks about her latest project, which explores how memories of war linger in modern life, particularly for Second World War ‘comfort women’.

SR46 MICHELLE DE KRETSER: HOW LIFE COULD BE DIFFERENT April 30, 1–2pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, Michelle de Kretser’s new novel, The Life to Come, tackles Australian identity and cosmopolitanism. Michelle appears in conversation with Stephen Romei, Literary Editor at The Australian. SR47 KIM SCOTT: TABOO April 30, 2.30–3.30pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba A two-time winner of the Miles Franklin Award, Kim Scott is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most exciting novelists. Kim discusses his book Taboo with poet and critic Caitlin Maling. SR48 MUSIC, GENDER AND TRANSFORMATION WITH EDDIE AYRES April 30, 4–5pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Eddie Ayres, previously ABC Classic FM’s Emma Ayres, joins Kate Fagan in a rich discussion about his remarkable life and his new book, Danger Music.

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Nicole Abadee 33 Randa Abdel-Fattah 92, YA6  André Aciman 4, 93, 161 Louise Adler 36, 84, 189 Alex Adsett W9 Sina Aghamofid YA8, All–Day YA Michael Mohammed Ahmad 105, 156, EDU8, W1, YA2 Ali Al Haj YA8, All–Day YA  Mohammed Al Samawi 69, 133 Manal al-Sharif 68 Emma Alberici 47, 89, 167 Tonya Alexandra YA10 Anne Aly MP 163, 199  Jesse Andrews EDU1, EDU16, EDU24, YA1, YA5, YA7 Evelyn Araluen 130, SR8, YA8 Rosanna Arciuli W9 Rawah Arja SR40 Meera Atkinson 154, W5, W13 Monica Attard 11 Auburn Poets and Writers Group SR3 Sarah Ayoub EDU8, YA2 Eddie Ayres 86, SR2, SR48 Maryam Azam 130

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Nadia Bailey 28 Julia Baird 139 Mark Baker 92, 154, 183, 199 John Barron 106 Anne Beilby W9 Tegan Bennett Daylight 190 Vanessa Berry 43 Scott Bevan 43 Tony Birch 29, 79, 134 Cally Black YA7 Sophie Black 22, 124, 143, 158 Dasia Black-Gutman 194  Amy Bloom 38, 95 Andrew Boe 195 Gregg Borschmann SR39 Mike Bowers 10 Michael Brissenden 36 Nick Brodie 35, CUR46, EDU12, W10 Anna Broinowski 81, 179, SR7  Michael Brooks 151 Pam Brown 48 Daniel Browning 77 John Muk Muk Burke SR32 Linda Burney MP 163 joanne burns 48 Kate Burt BBY Caroline Butler-Bowdon 23 Jennifer Byrne 157, 197 Wenona Byrne W9

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 Francisco Cantú 44, 71, 129  Irin Carmon 12, 128, 158 Jane Caro 80, 172, SR17 Kit Carstairs SR41 Barrie Cassidy 10 Felicity Castagna 27, SR21, SR30 Georgia Chapman SR22 Lax Charisma 5 Faith Chaza SR21 Minglu Chen 73 Melanie Cheng 27, CUR37, EDU8, SR13 Tamar Chnorhokian YA2 Eileen Chong SR42 Anna Clark EDU12  Zinzi Clemmons 115, 119, 153 Adam Clulow 23 Jessie Cole 85 Kate Cole-Adams 98 Claire G. Coleman 27, CUR72, YA7 Matthew Condon 7, 44 Aaron Connelly 106 Sam Cooney 74, 101 Sheryl Cootes SR38 Charlie Corke 18 Annabel Crabb 53, 149 Andrew Cranna BBY, CHI9 Emily Crocker SR22

Alison Croggon 176, EDU5, EDU18, EDU26, W15, YA10 Natalie Cromb 192

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Sha’an d’Anthes BBY, CHI9  Yrsa Daley-Ward 48, 94, 132, 159 Sam Dastyari 54, 56 Megan Davis 198 Michelle de Kretser 14, 76, 169, SR46 Richard Denniss 147, 171, SR14, SR19, SR39  Danny Denton 33, 74, CUR99 Shastra Deo 83, 94 Miranda Devine 113  Junot Díaz 55, 97, 143, CHI2 John Dickson 16 Kirk Docker W2 Susan Dodds 117 Ben Doherty 20, 91, 187 Geraldine Doogue 18 Ceridwen Dovey 2, 64, 80, 163, 168 Jennifer Down CUR174, SR5 Peter Doyle 24 Robert Drewe 96 Paul Drexler 194 Winnie Dunn 130, 156, EDU3, SR8

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Quinn Eades 48 Kirsty Eagar EDU13, EDU22, EDU30, YA6  Glory Edim 97, 119, 136, 182 Chris Edwards 48  Jennifer Egan 38, 157, 203 Tara Eglington YA4 Monikka Eliah 156, SR8 Anton Enus 161 Gareth Evans 47, 100, 187, 201 Kate Evans 27, 41, 71, 87

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Kate Fagan SR34, SR48 Malcolm Farr 10 Nick Feik 104, 179 Marc Fennell 70, 176 Felicity Fenner 19, SR27 Sarah Ferguson 189 Jeremy Fernandez 70 Richard Fidler 29, 51, 149 Daniel Findlay W18 First Dog On the Moon 124 Toby Fitch 48 Lisa Ford 35

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Allison Gallagher 48 Helen Garner 7 Anna George 102, SR28, W7 Joëlle Gergis 79, SR39  Masha Gessen 11, 114, 133, 159 Ronojoy Ghosh BBY, CHI9 Julia Gillard 162 Kári Gíslason 29  Emma Glass 56, 118, 144, 175 Morris Gleitzman 40, CHI2, EDU2, EDU15, EDU23, EDU31 Dennis Glover 53, W6 Richard Glover 85, 108, SR24 Marina Go 89 Linda Godfrey SR31  Amy Goldstein 167, 186 Roanna Gonsalves 17, CUR30, CUR37, CUR46 Melissa Goode SR36  Jeff Goodell 79, 155, SR20 Michael Gordon-Smith W9 Joe Gorman 52, CUR21 Stan Grant 145, 198 Daniel Gray-Barnett BBY Sophie Green 17 Nicki Greenberg BBY, CHI9, W11, YA9 Peter Greste 8, 92, 125, SR23 Gorana Grgic 106 Billy Griffiths 35, CUR13 Luise Guest SR1 Jenna Guillaume YA4, YA10 Eda Gunaydin SR21 Peter Guttridge 155

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Eleanor Hall 25 Margaret Hamilton SR37 Lauren Hamilton Neill 5 Andrew Hansen BBY, CHI7  Johann Hari 32, 56 Rebecca Harkins-Cross 144, 176 Jane Harper 63, SR10

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EDU21, EDU29, EDU34, W14 Angie Hart 163 Jacqueline Harvey CHI6 Libby Hathorn BBY, CHI4 Ashley Hay 64, 97, 121 Rameen Hayat YA2, All–Day YA Grace Heifetz SR41 Jeremy Heimans 117, 148 Anita Heiss 192 Roslyn Helper 28 Hans Hendrischke 171 Per Henningsgaard W9 Chloe Higgins SR21 Claire Higgins 131, 195 Alannah Hill 200 David Hill 52 Ken Hillman 18 Lex Hirst 78, 83 Andrea Ho 70 Peter Hobbins 23 Leigh Hobbs CHI11 Jenny Hocking 42 Richard Holden 167 Clare Holland 19 Olga Horak 194 Vivien Huang All–Day YA David Hunt EDU12 Elanor Huntington 141 Rebecca Huntley 56

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Bridie Jabour 54 Annamarie Jagose 109 Linda Jaivin 39, 73, 81, 201 Ben Jenkins 59, 75 Erik Jensen 101, 113, 127 Felix Johnson 5 Lou Johnson SR41  Stanley Johnson 47, 84 Rae Johnston 65  Tayari Jones 114, 182 Tony Jones 36, SR9 Gabrielle Journey Jones SR32 Andrew Joyner BBY, CHI9, CHI10

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Sarah Kaine 148 Michaela Kalowski 105, 200 Sarah Kanowski 71  Kapka Kassabova 44, 131, 138 Fiona Katauskas 10 Bec Kavanagh YA6 Stuart Kells 97, SR12  Robert E. Kelly 73, 81, 106, 171, CUR196 Stephanie King 28  Jeff Kinney CHI1 Alice Klein 107 Julie Koh 80, W9 Tyson Koh 19 Will Kostakis EDU1, EDU9, EDU16, EDU20, EDU24, EDU28, YA5, YA11 Sarah Krasnostein 121, 133, 143 Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis SR32 Jay Kristoff CUR188, YA7, YA10 Royce Kurmelovs 179

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Sofie Laguna 66, SR11, W4 Jacqui Lambie 202, SR24 Marcia Langton 127, 145, 183 Jamie Marina Lau 83 Shirley Le 130, SR8 Suzanne Leal 31  Lang Leav 94, 122 Angela Ledgerwood 93, 122, 142 Hope Lee All–Day YA  Min Jin Lee 4, 38, 58, 81 Barry Lee Thompson SR36 Amelia Lester 168 Viv Lewis SR33 Isabelle Li 15 Rebecca Lim YA4 Eleanor Limprecht W16 Brian Lipson 9, 57, 112, 160 Listies, The CHI8  Richard Lloyd Parry 104, 187, EDU4 Isabel Lo 70 Antony Loewenstein 32, 92 Angelo Loukakis SR41 Remy Lowe CUR166, CUR174  Alec Luhn 11, 60, 91 Nakkiah Lui 115, 145, 153 Amelia Lush 126, 191, EDU7

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Hamish Macdonald 177, SR23 Sarah Macdonald 56  Carmen Maria Machado 144, 159, 191, CUR166 Hugh Mackay 67, SR29 Caitlin Maling SR43, SR47 Jack Manning Bancroft CUR90 Sara Mansour 150, SR4, YA3 Matthew Martin CHI9  James Maskalyk 20, 131 Walter Mason W9 Charles Massy 178 Elizabeth McCarthy 102, CUR13, CUR21, SR20 Kate McClymont 22, 89 Cassie McCullagh 71  Zack McDermott 56, 75 Richard McGregor 171, 201 Mark McKenna 23 David McKnight 113, 179 Elizabeth McMahon 185 Lachlan McPherson SR32 George Megalogenis 67, 147, 186, 201  Kirsty Melville W9 Tim Miller BBY, CHI9 Christine Milne 34 Lisa Milner 148 Mirrah 61, 116, 165 Natasha Mitchell 98, 151 Layla Mkhayber YA8, All–Day YA Sharnay Mkhayber All–Day YA  Wesley Morris 111, 114, 176 Jenny Mosher SR41 Warren Mundine 50 Omar Musa 78, 94, EDU8, YA8  Eileen Myles 109, 159, CUR181

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Katrina Nannestad EDU10, EDU19, EDU27, EDU33, W17 Peter Nash 194  Patrick Ness EDU9, EDU20, EDU28, YA2, YA5 Claire Nichols 63 Aunty Barbara Nicholson SR32 Johanna Nicholson 16 Zoe Norton Lodge 59 Louis Nowra 6

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Kerry O’Brien 88, 100 Mark O’Flynn SR43 James O’Loghlin BBY Jadey O’Regan CUR181, CUR196 Jack Oats SR31  Alexis Okeowo 4, 91, 133, 184 Madeline Oliver SR33 Cheryl Orsini BBY, CHI9 Debra Oswald 17, 59 Caroline Overington 50

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Bruce Pascoe 198 Zoya Patel SR45 Michael Pembroke 81 Janice Petersen 69 Stephen Pham SR8, SR40 Vivian Pham All–Day YA Kellie Phan YA4, All–Day YA Sandra Phillips 198 Oliver Phommavanh BBY, CHI1, CHI11, EDU2, EDU15, EDU23, EDU31 Liam Pieper 163, W3 Levi Pinfold CHI3, YA9 Ailsa Piper 66, 120 Tanya Plibersek MP 114 Anna Plunkett 49 Peter Polites 156, 170 Martin Portus 6 Shaun Prescott 83 Bram Presser 105 Ted Prior SR37 Alice Pung 101, EDU7, SR26, YA6

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Jessica Richards
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Jamila Rizvi 68, 123, 153, 163, 175 Jessica Roberts BBY, CHI7  Eliza Robertson 33, 103, CUR62 Geoffrey Robertson QC 1 Michael Robotham 120, 137, CUR30, SR6, SR10 Emily Rodda SR38 Juliet Rogers W9 Stephen Romei 96, SR46 Kate Rossmanith 24, CUR82 David Rowe 10 James Roy SR44 Candy Royalle 61, 94, 116, 132, 165, W8 Sally Rugg 114, 159 Gina Rushton 28

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Georgina Safe 49  Angela Saini 123, 141 Omar Sakr 48, 156, SR8, SR40 Leigh Sales 110, 139, 149 Luke Sales 49 Zarlasht Sarwari SR21 Niki Savva 10 Clare Sawyer YA1 Monique Schafter 5, 22 David Schlosberg 79 Julianne Schultz 42 Kim Scott 77, 183, SR47 Rebecca Scott Bray 24 Jess Scully 19 Stephen Sewell 6 Craig Sherborne 76  Gabriel Sherman 22, 113, 128 Ivy Shih 107 Marlee Silva 192 Clara Sitbon CUR62, CUR72 Luke Slattery 43, SR25 Michael Slezak 107 Annabel Smith W9  Aminatou Sow 114, 136, 141, 153 Tracey Spicer 89, 158 Fiona Stager W9  Pajtim Statovci 143, 159, 170 Sofija Stefanovic 44, 80, 142, 163 Jason Steger 26, 58, 140 Josh Stenberg CUR82, CUR90, CUR99 George Sternfeld 194 Arwen Summers 163 Liza-Mare Syron 192

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Binny Talib BBY  Gabriel Tallent 102, 137, 168 Shaun Tan YA9  Ben Taub 91, 128, 177, 193 Lenore Taylor 34, 202 Jol Temple BBY  Sharlene Teo 126, 144, 185  Ngu˜ gi˜ wa Thiong’o 42, 180 Warwick Thornton 114 Holly Throsby 86 Debra Tidball BBY  Henry Timms 117 Laura Tingle 10, 162 Christos Tsiolkas 14, 159, 169 Alicia Tuckerman YA4 Maria Tumarkin 51, 138, 154, W12  Katy Tur 22, 110 Todd Turner SR31  Selina Tusitala Marsh 42

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Abigail Ulman 103, 118, 135

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James Valentine CHI9, EDU4 Deb Verhoeven 141

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 Cleo Wade 175, EDU3, YA3  Francis Wade 131, 164, 187

Michael Walker 148 Adele Walsh CHI3, YA7 Toby Walsh 65 Sally Warhaft 128, 184 Rosie Waterland 85, 163, 172 Don Watson 88, 167 Ella Watson-Russell 5 Jamelle Wells 25, SR18 Joel Werner 107 Michael Wesley 42 Kylie Westaway BBY Thomas Westenberg 15  Tara Westover 26, 85, 97, SR44 Bianca Whiteley W9 Michael Williams 38, 55, 129, 134

Geordie Williamson 45, 178  Emily Wilson 197 Josephine Wilson 76, 87 Scott Wings 61, 116, 165 Chris Womersley 146 Jennifer Wong W9 Charlotte Wood 76, 95, 190, W9  Jenna Wortham 111, 158 Alexis Wright 45 Danika Wright 47 Fiona Wright 152 Tom Wright 43  Dias Novita Wuri 83, SR45 Susan Wyndham 146, 180

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Amanda Yeo 156  Xue Yiwei 39, 73, SR1  Ashleigh Young 152, Live & Local

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Julia Zemiro 149  Jenny Zhang 135, 153, 175, SR16


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THE FESTIVAL PRECINCT

Sydney Writers’ Festival presents both free and ticketed events. Ticketed events at the Festival Precinct (Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre), City Recital Hall and Sydney Town Hall can be purchased through the Sydney Writers’ Festival box office.

Welcome to our Festival Precinct: located in the heart of Eveleigh at Carriageworks and nearby at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale.

ONLINE Visit swf.org.au PHONE 02 9256 4200 (9am–5pm, Monday to Friday) Tickets for events at City Recital Hall can also be purchased via the City Recital Hall box office, either online at cityrecitalhall.com, by phone on 02 8256 2222 or in person at 2–12 Angel Place, Sydney. For all other events, please refer to individual event listings in this guide for booking information. Transaction fees apply for all bookings. EVENT BOX OFFICES Temporary box offices will operate at Carriageworks (May 3–6, 9am until the commencement of the last event of the day) and Sydney Town Hall (from one hour before the event) for ticket purchases on event days. CONCESSIONS Concession prices are available for children under the age of 16, full-time students, Australian Health Care Card holders and Centrelink pension cardholders. TICKET COLLECTION If you purchased your tickets from the Sydney Writers’ Festival box office and selected ‘venue pick-up’, your tickets will be available for collection from the venue of your first event, from one hour beforehand. If you chose to receive your tickets via email, you must print your E-Ticket for valid entry into the event. Tickets on mobile devices will not be accepted.

ACCESSIBILITY Sydney Writers’ Festival strives to make every event as accessible as possible. All Festival venues are wheelchair accessible. HEARING LOOP SYSTEM The following venues are fitted with a hearing loop system: City Recital Hall; Sydney Town Hall; York Theatre, Seymour Centre; and Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. CAPTIONING All events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks will be closed-captioned. Tickets for closed-captioned events can be purchased through the Sydney Writers’ Festival box office, either by phone on 02 9256 4200 or email at ticketing@swf.org.au AUSLAN-INTERPRETED EVENTS The following events will be Auslan-interpreted: 7 Helen Garner’s Savage Self-Scrutiny; 11 The Future of Russia; 110 Katy Tur: Unbelievable; 114 SWF Gala: Power; CHI1 Jeff Kinney: The Getaway; 158 This is Not a Moment, It’s a Movement; and 162 Julia Gillard: On Power and Gender. A full list of events will be published at swf.org.au/access on April 16, 2018. Tickets for Auslan-interpreted and closed-captioned events can be purchased through the Sydney Writers’ Festival box office, either by phone on 02 9256 4200 or email at ticketing@swf.org.au COMPANION CARD Companion Card holders qualify for a complimentary ticket for their companion. Please contact the Sydney Writers’ Festival box office directly on 02 9256 4200 for assistance with your booking. BOOKING To book accessible seats for events at the Seymour Centre, please contact the Seymour Centre box office on 02 9351 7940 or in person at the corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale. To book accessible seats for events at the City Recital Hall, please contact the City Recital Hall box office on 02 8256 2222 or in person at 2–12 Angel Place. To book accessible seats for events at Carriageworks, please contact the Sydney Writers’ Festival box office on 02 9256 4200. For all suburban and regional events, please see page 19 for event booking details. PODCASTS After the Festival, selected events will be made available as podcasts on our iTunes channel. Sign up to our email newsletter at swf.org.au/subscribe to find out when podcasts are released. For more details on the Festival’s accessibility and inclusion practices, visit swf.org.au/access

ENQUIRIES (EXCLUDING BOOKINGS) For any general enquiries, please contact Sydney Writers’ Festival by phone on 02 9252 7729 or by email at info@swf.org.au

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The vibrant multi-arts centre, Carriageworks, housed in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards, is the home of our new Festival Hub. There, you can visit the bookshop, grab a coffee, and sit down to read or discuss the Festival’s highlights with friends. Make sure you try some of the delicious food on offer at the Festival’s resident restaurants in the Festival Mess Hall at the Blacksmith’s Workshop or sit down with a wine from the Theatre Bar. Over at the Seymour Centre, there are food stalls, bars and coffee carts. Get a bite to eat between sessions or enjoy an afternoon tipple in the leafy courtyard café. You can stop by the Gleebooks pop-up store and have your book signed by your favourite author. There’s a shuttle bus to take you back to the Festival Hub, or you can join a volunteer-led walk that goes between venues.

TRAVELLING TO THE FESTIVAL PRECINCT Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (a nine-minute walk from Redfern Station and a 10-minute walk from Macdonaldtown Station). The Seymour Centre is located on the corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale (a nine-minute walk from Redfern Station). Catching public transport is strongly recommended as residential parking in the area is strictly limited. For more information on transport, visit transportnsw.info WALKING FROM REDFERN STATION TO CARRIAGEWORKS Walk out of the station onto Lawson Street and turn left. When you reach Little Eveleigh Street, turn left and continue to Wilson Street. Continue on Wilson Street for seven minutes until you arrive at Carriageworks. WALKING FROM REDFERN STATION TO THE SEYMOUR CENTRE Walk out of the station onto Lawson Street and turn left. Continue on Lawson Street until you arrive at Abercrombie Street, turn left, cross the road at the lights and turn right onto Ivy Street. Follow Ivy Street as it continues onto Blackwattle Creek Lane, which is inside the University of Sydney. Continue along the lane to the Seymour Centre.

BUS ROUTE Buses leave from the Festival Bus Stop on Gibbons Street in Redfern, then travel to Carriageworks and then the Seymour Centre. This service will operate in reverse for transferring patrons from the Seymour Centre and Carriageworks to Redfern Station. Please refer to our maps to see the location of the Festival Bus Stops. BICYCLES Bicycle parking is provided at Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre. PARKING Street parking is limited in Eveleigh and Chippendale. Casual parking is available at Shepherd Street Carpark in the evernings and on the weekend. The carpark is a seven-minute walk from Carriageworks and a threeminute walk from the Seymour Centre.

FESTIVAL SHUTTLE BUS Our Festival bus service operates from Thursday May 3 to Sunday May 6, and travels between the Festival Precinct Limited valet parking is available. Please contact: Gieves Valet Parking on 1300 880 839, or at venues (Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre) and Redfern Station. The buses are wheelchair accessible and info@gieves.com.au for booking details. depart approximately every 15 minutes between 9am and 6pm. You can buy your bus ticket from a volunteer when boarding, for $1 (one-way). Please note: as this is a charter service, Opal cards are not accepted.

VENUES CARRIAGEWORKS 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh Bay 17 Bay 20 Bay 21 Bay 25 Track 8 Track 12 Blacksmith’s Workshop SEYMOUR CENTRE Corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale York Theatre Everest Theatre Reginald Theatre Sound Lounge Workshop rooms 1, 2, 3

INNER-CITY VENUES Art Gallery of New South Wales Art Gallery Road, The Domain The Church 9 Mitchell Road, Alexandria City Recital Hall 2–12 Angel Place, Sydney Knox Street Bar 21 Shepherd Street, Chippendale Museum of Contemporary Art 140 George Street, The Rocks State Library New South Wales Macquarie Street, Sydney Sydney Jewish Museum 148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst Sydney Town Hall 483 George Street, Sydney PARRAMATTA Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Corner of Church and Market streets, Parramatta For all other suburban and regional venue details, please contact venues directly using contact information on individual event listings on page 19.

Fit more books into your busy life Download two FREE audiobooks with a 30-day trial Audible.com.au/SWF Promotion expires 31/07/18. Customers must sign up for Audible’s membership plan offering a free 30-day trial during the promotion period to be eligible. Available for new, first-time customers only. Membership automatically renews at $16.45/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime. Limit one per customer and account. For full terms and conditions see audible.com.au/swf. Available 29th March 2018. The Trauma Cleaner available 29/03/18.

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Outstanding Writing by Young Australians

Young Writers Showcase 2016 is an impressive anthology particularly useful for students creating major works.

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OUTSTANDING PRIMARY SCHOOL WRITING FROM THE WriteOn 2017 COMPETITION

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Inspiring stories by students in Years 1 to 6

Buy these valuable publications from the NESA Shop (NSW Education Standards Authority Shop) at shop.nesa.nsw.edu.au.

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The Best of WriteOn 2017 is an anthology of awardwinning stories providing primary school students an authentic opportunity to develop their creative writing skills.

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