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Welcome

SWF 2016

A Message from the Artistic Director

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arly one morning, I happened upon an article by Ceridwen Dovey in The New Yorker, ‘Can Reading Make You Happier?’ Ceridwen’s piece explored the ancient concept of bibliotherapy, and spoke about literature’s meditative and restorative effects in terms of mental health, improved relationships and the ability to empathise with others. I liked where this was going. Books are indeed places we can lose ourselves and at the same time find the answers to whatever we might be searching for, even if we don’t quite know what that is. A good festival, like a good book, should bring real-life benefits – joy, solace and a new understanding of the world. Sydney Writers’ Festival is a week-long extravaganza of ideas and literature. In 2016 we have an exhilarating array of authors bringing their wisdom, knowledge and imaginative whimsy to Sydney. Opening this year’s Festival is wunderkind Kate Tempest, dubbed a young Patti Smith, and one of the most spectacular performers I’ve seen. After awardwinning books of poetry and a critically acclaimed album, Kate has a new novel that’s defined by the searing truth she’s known for. Her work is electric. Jonathan Franzen speaks with Anna Funder about Purity, his compelling, amusing and sharply satirical portrait of relationships and family dysfunction. We also have a whole session devoted to Jonathan’s rich, varied and often unexpected reading life. Feminist icon, writer and activist Gloria Steinem returns to Australia for the first time since the 1980s to share stories about life, travel and adventure. In another session at the Wharf she’ll convince you why women should rule the world. An epic novel about the attempted assassination of Bob Marley was a brilliant choice for last year’s Man Booker Prize, and we welcome its Jamaicanborn author Marlon James. The great Julian Barnes, who also won the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending, speaks about The Noise of Time, an immersive parable about power, art and control, which fictionalises the life of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Beloved British novelist William Boyd discusses his new book Sweet Caress, and shares his insights into screenwriting in an exclusive masterclass. Jeanette Winterson brings The Gap of Time, a modern take on The Winter’s Tale with all the grandeur of Shakespeare and her own particular lyricism. Jeanette is a wildly imaginative storyteller who has no peer. Her talks are extraordinary. She’s not to be missed. Elena Ferrante’s novels have been some of the most loved and obsessively read books of the past year. While the author herself remains anonymous, we are fortunate to hear directly from her gifted translator, Ann Goldstein. Join us for a forensic discussion of Ferrante’s novels at Sydney Town Hall. The Girl on the Train has also transfixed millions of readers around the world, and we welcome its author Paula Hawkins. There is a rare chance to hear from Elizabeth Harrower, the Australian writer whose work has been praised by Christina Stead and Patrick White. This will be only her second public interview.

Another one of Australia’s most celebrated writers, David Malouf, interviews Pulitzer Prizewinning poet and poetry editor at The New Yorker, Paul Muldoon. This will be an incredible meeting of minds. Hear inspiring personal stories across the Festival week. Zelda la Grange, Nelson Mandela’s private secretary, remembers her life by his side. Richard Glover, Magda Szubanski and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen share stories of their lives and upbringing that are brave and surprising. Drusilla Modjeska talks books, friends and lovers in Second Half First. Julia Leigh opens up about her memoir, which speaks of her gruelling experience with IVF and the dreams we have for our lives. In today’s cultural and political landscape, Stan Grant is an essential voice. His new book is a powerful meditation on race, culture and Australian identity. At Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres Kerry O’Brien gives the lowdown on Paul Keating, Bob Brown shares his optimism, and Suad Amiry revisits home through Palestinian stories. James Rebanks, the Herdwick Shepherd, hails from the Lake District in England, where his family has lived for over 600 years. His bestselling book about the rituals of life on the land will make you dream of returning to a more simple life. In contrast, Vivian Gornick lives and breathes the streets of New York, with all of their chance encounters. Her book, The Odd Woman and the City, is a paean to literature and friendship. Both James and Vivian are utterly charming and insightful. This year for the first time we have three guest curators: Susie Orbach, George Megalogenis and Anna Funder, who bring vision and flair to the program. Look for their events in the following pages. Our favourite writers tell us about the book that saved them in a gala event at Sydney Town Hall. There’s also a series of live psychoanalytic interviews with Susie Orbach, revealing a side to writers you don’t usually see. And book in to see our bibliotherapist-in-residence, Susan Elderkin, who shares a lifetime of literary remedies. Take a fresh look at some of the most pressing

issues we’re facing today in a thought-provoking series called Thinking Globally. Are we witnessing the end of Europe? Should there be a universal right to migration? Just how big is Big Brother? In another fascinating series, Writers Talk Politics, we focus on France, America, China, Ireland and India, and unearth each country’s cultural and political preoccupations through writers who know the terrain intimately. Hear from Yeonmi Park, who escaped the brutality of the North Korean regime; Xu Zhiyuan, the man described by Ai Weiwei as ‘the most important Chinese intellectual of his generation’, and Emma Sky, who exposes what went wrong in Iraq in her acclaimed book, The Unravelling. The charismatic Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, opens up about his new book and his recently launched pan-European political movement. Oxford scholar Peter Frankopan gives a dazzling alternate view of world history as seen through the Silk Roads, and Jean-Christophe Rufin, co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières, walks another route, the Camino de Santiago. Nights at the Wharf are irresistible this year. Don’t miss Adam Spencer speaking with gravitational wave expert, astrophysicist Janna Levin. See People of Letters, Night of the Nerds and Rebecca Vaughan who gives a dramatic interpretation of Austen’s Women, performed most evenings. Catch the Festival’s most uninhibited conversations with an intriguing range of writers at the Late Night Salon. One guest is podcast sensation, Starlee Kine, previously of This American Life, now the host of Mystery Show. In the Children's and Young Adult program we launch Best of the Fest, our new venture with the Board of Studies, with events for students featuring some of the Festival’s most dynamic thinkers. There’s also our School Days Program, with luminaries such as Michael Grant, Claire Zorn, Judith Rossell and Liz Pichon. Jon Klassen, author of I Want My Hat Back, and John Boyne, who wrote The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, also feature in both the children and adult programs. On Sunday May 22, kids and teens take over Pier 4/5 for the first time ever, as we run four free venues, all with their own brand of mischief and mayhem. Our closing address goes directly to the heart of the relationship between a writer and her reader. Hanya Yanagihara is one of this year’s most anticipated guests, with her Man Bookershortlisted novel A Little Life both inspiring adulation and polarising critics across the world. This is a book that gets under everyone’s skin. In an address called ‘The Conversations Between Words’, Hanya asks if a writer owes her reader anything more than a compelling story. Sydney will transform in May with authors and ideas flooding the city. Bringing fresh perspectives from all corners of the world, these writers enhance our community with their stories, humour, creativity and vision. This is something to celebrate, and celebrate we will. Have a great Festival!

Jemma Birrell Artistic Director

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12-13 Thinking Globally 14 Nights at the Wharf 15 The Curiosity Lecture Series Workshops

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20-21 Business Bites 21 Live and Local 21 Participants 22 Venues & Bookings

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City & Walsh Bay

MONDAY MAY 16 – THURSDAY MAY 19

MONDAY, MAY 16

as they champion the importance of being informed about scientific research and climate change policy in light of today’s critical environmental situation. With Bianca Nogrady. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

1 NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS PRESENTATION AND COCKTAIL RECEPTION May 16, 6–9.30pm State Library of NSW, The Galleries A glittering celebration of excellence in Australian writing held on the Festival’s first night. With prizes totalling $305,000, the awards are among the nation’s richest and most prestigious. $60/$55 Bookings 9273 1770 sl.nsw.gov.au 2 PHILIP PARSONS LECTURE BY KATE MULVANY: ACT WELL YOUR PART May 16, 6.30–7.30pm Belvoir, Upstairs Theatre Welcome to the Australian theatrical house. In this lecture by Kate Mulvany, the house will be exorcised. Prepare for some tough love from a resident artist who thinks the Australian theatre house needs a radical renovation. $10 Bookings 9699 3444 belvoir.com.au 3 AUSTEN’S WOMEN May 16, 7–8.10pm, Wharf 2 Theatre SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 6 4 LITTLE FICTIONS May 16, 7–8.30pm, Knox St Bar These short tales, read to you by actors, reveal the many faces of Sydney. Set in one of Chippendale’s grooviest venues, Little Fictions reinvigorates the simple pleasure of being read to. $15, tickets at the door

TUESDAY, MAY 17 5 CRAIG MUNRO: UNDER COVER May 17, 12.30–1.30pm State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium Craig Munro speaks about his 30 years of audacious and inspiring adventures in the publishing industry, editing a lively cast of Australia’s most influential authors, from Peter Carey to Patrick White. Free, no bookings 6 2016 OPENING ADDRESS: KATE TEMPEST May 17, 6.30–7.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 4 7 AUSTEN’S WOMEN May 17, 7–8.10pm, Wharf 2 Theatre SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 6

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 8 A LOVE AFFAIR WITH SHAKESPEARE May 18, 6–7pm, State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium The Library commemorates 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Join this Shakespeare-loving panel as they discuss what keeps them coming back to the Bard. $20/$15 Bookings 9273 1770 sl.nsw.gov.au/whats-on 9 AUSTEN’S WOMEN May 18, 7–8.10pm, Wharf 2 Theatre SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 6

10 CHASING ASYLUM: NSW PREMIERE May 18, 7–9pm, Dendy Opera Quays Join us for the NSW premiere of Chasing Asylum. This powerful and moving documentary tells the story of Australia’s offshore detention policies as told by asylum seekers and whistleblowers. $20 Bookings chasingasylum.com.au 11 INSIDERS LIVE AT SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL May 18, 7.30–9pm Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5

THURSDAY, MAY 19 12 WINGS ON THE WHARF #WHATLIFTSYOU May 19–22, Pier 2/3 Famed for blending street art and social media, Kelsey Montague creates a whimsical large-scale mural outside Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay throughout the day. Help Kelsey

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33 ACROSS GENERATIONS: SOFIE LAGUNA AND ALICE PUNG May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio Sofie Laguna and Alice Pung have written for readers of varying ages. Does writing from a young person’s perspective require a stronger imagination? The authors discuss with James Tierney what it means to create an authentic voice. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

Festival Highlight 6 2016 OPENING ADDRESS: KATE TEMPEST May 17, 6.30–7.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre The stories we tell, tell us who we are. Kate Tempest, dubbed a young Patti Smith, is one of the most spectacular performers today. Kate recites her poems and talks about how the stories we choose define us. Includes opening formalities. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988, roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf colour it in and share with: #whatliftsyou #sydneywritersfestival Free, no bookings 13 COFFEE AND PAPERS WITH THE SMH, ALEKSANDAR HEMON AND MADELINE GLEESON May 19, 9–10am, The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf Join Sydney Morning Herald editorJudith Whelan, SMH journalists and special guests Aleksandar Hemon and Madeline Gleeson to hear their take on what’s making headlines today, and the changing nature of journalism. Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald. Free, no bookings CUR 14 TIM GRIFFITHS: FRANK HURLEY, SHACKLETON AND THE END OF THE HEROIC AGE May 19, 10–10.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 15 SOUND AND SILENCE May 19, 10–11am Philharmonia Studio Award-winning novelists Mireille Juchau and Anna Smaill explore the power of sound, the threat of silence and the way both silence and noise can be revealed with words. They talk to Felicity Plunkett. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 16 SUSAN ELDERKIN: THE NOVEL CURE May 19, 10–11am, Pier 2/3 Club Stage Is reading really the best medicine? Find out when bibliotherapist Susan Elderkin takes the stage to reveal the secrets of a good literary remedy. With Ceridwen Dovey. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 17 ANNABEL CRABB: FOOD AND FRIENDS May 19, 10–11am, Pier 2/3 Main Stage Annabel Crabb has cleverly segued the recipes she showcased on Kitchen Cabinet into the delightful, delectable and eminently practical cookbook, Special Delivery. She dishes up her recipes and the stories behind them. With Michael Williams. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 18 KEN DONE: A LIFE COLOURED IN May 19, 10–11am, Pier 2/3 The Loft Ken Done’s flamboyant artworks have become synonymous with Australia. His new memoir, A Life Coloured In, is a portrait of his largely unknown personal life – and it has certainly been a colourful journey. He speaks with Rachel Kent. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

19 SPORT: THE GREAT DISTRACTOR? May 19, 10–11am Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Is sport more powerful than governments in bringing about social change? Or is it the opiate of the people? Martin Flanagan, Erin Riley and Stan Grant discuss the systemic racial and cultural tensions plaguing Australian sport today. With Sam Mostyn. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 20 GHOSTWRITING: THE UNTOLD STORY May 19, 10–11am Richard Wherrett Studio Bryce Corbett, Felicity McLean and Michael Visontay are among the best ghostwriters in the business. They open up about the joys (and pitfalls) of being someone else’s voice, with John M. Green. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 21 ZELDA LA GRANGE: GOOD MORNING, MR MANDELA May 19, 10–11am Roslyn Packer Theatre For 16 years Zelda la Grange was Nelson Mandela’s closest confidant. This is a rare opportunity to hear the intimate stories of life with a man who left an indelible mark on the world. Zelda speaks to David Leser. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 22 THE SECRET WEAPONS OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS May 19, 10–11am, Sydney Dance 1 Threats, intimidation and risk taking are all in a day’s work for investigative journalists and Walkley Award winners Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Steve Pennells and Suzanne Smith. They share their stories with Quentin Dempster. Free, no bookings 23 HISTORICAL OBSESSIONS May 19, 10–11am, Sydney Dance 2 Winners of NSW Premier’s History Awards, Alan Atkinson, Carolyn Holbrook and Babette Smith reveal to Caroline ButlerBowdon how and why they fell in love with their subjects. Presented by the History Council of NSW. Free, no bookings 24 JANE CARO: A PERFECTLY IMPERFECT LIFE May 19, 10–11am, Wharf 2 Theatre In her new memoir Plain-Speaking Jane, Jane Caro talks about her life in advertising, her role as a mother and her battles with anxiety. With Tracey Spicer. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

32 MODERN LOVE: JOHN AND SUNDAY REED May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Revisit Australia’s mid-century art scene as Kendrah Morgan and Lesley Harding share revelatory stories about the unconventional lives of legendary art patrons, bohemians and bon vivants John and Sunday Reed. With ABC RN’s Cassie McCullagh. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

25 NEW AUSTRALIAN VOICES May 19, 10.30–11.30am, The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf Discover three of Australia’s best emerging writers as they read from and discuss their work. Featuring Josephine Rowe (A Loving, Faithful Animal), Miles Allinson (Fever of Animals) and Antonia Hayes (Relativity) in conversation with Meredith Jaffé. Free, no bookings CUR 26 JEAN-FRANÇOIS VERNAY: A FRENCH VIEW ON AUSTRALIAN NOVELS May 19, 11–11.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 27 THE BOOK CLUB May 19, 11.15am–1pm ABC Studios Join Jennifer Byrne with regular panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, plus exciting Festival guests, for a taping of a special Sydney Writers’ Festival edition of ABC TV’s The Book Club. Free, bookings essential. Phone 8333 3644 or email bookclub@abc.net.au 28 GOING HOME: BELONGING, FAMILY AND FOOD May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Philharmonia Studio Debut novelist Debra Jopson and memoirists Beth Yahp and Adam Aitken speak with Joy Lawn about existing between two worlds, and the complicated relationship between heritage, family and home. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 29 WRITERS IN DANGER May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 30 PETER GARRETT: BIG BLUE SKY May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage From life in Sydney’s suburbia to environmental activism, and from frontman of iconic Aussie band Midnight Oil to Labor cabinet minister, Peter Garrett has fascinating tales to tell. He speaks to ABC RN’s Ellen Fanning about his new memoir. Supported by Editor Group. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 31 CLIMATE: KNOWLEDGE AND HOPE May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft Join Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty and leading environmentalist Tim Flannery

34 JULIAN BARNES: SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE BIOGRAPHERS May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 35 CHRIS BOWEN: THE MONEY MEN May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Sydney Dance 1 Join former treasurer and current Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen for a revealing discussion with Margot Saville about his book, The Money Men, an insider’s perspective on the 12 most notable men to have held the office of Australian treasurer. Free, no bookings 36 THE UNDERBELLY OF SYDNEY May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Sydney Dance 2 Local authors Peter Doyle, Eleanor Limprecht and Anna Westbrook join Tom Wright to share true tales of the colourful characters who shaped Sydney’s sordid past. Free, no bookings 37 SESSIONS WITH SUSIE: FIONA WRIGHT May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 CUR 38 CATRIONA MENZIES-PIKE: WHY I’VE LOST EVERY MARATHON I’VE EVER RUN May 19, 12–12.40pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 39 DAMON YOUNG: THE ART OF READING May 19, 12.30–1.30pm, State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium Damon Young’s new book, The Art of Reading, celebrates the power of reading to transform words into worlds. Join Damon as he reveals the pleasures and adventures that come with living a bookish life. Free, no bookings CUR 40 ANTHONY BOND: THE AWFUL TRUTH ABOUT CURATING May 19, 1.30–2.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 41 THE POLITICS OF PAPERBACKS May 19, 1.30–2.30pm Philharmonia Studio Craig Munro edited David Malouf’s first novel and championed Peter Carey. Stuart Kells unearthed the story of the Lane brothers, who founded Penguin. Peek between the covers of the book industry as Craig and Stuart speak with Catherine Milne. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf


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Guest Curators This year’s program is enriched by three writers who have brought their unique creative vision to the Festival. Susie Orbach hosts a series of psychoanalytic sessions with three intrepid authors. Anna Funder interviews Jonathan Franzen and, in another session, invites writers to share their tales of survival and resilience. George Megalogenis brings some of the most incisive Australian and international minds together in fresh and unexpected ways. Let this eclectic trio guide you through some of the delights the program has to offer.

George Megalogenis George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media. 11 INSIDERS LIVE AT SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL May 18, 7.30–9pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Barrie Cassidy leads Niki Savva, David Marr, George Megalogenis and Annabel Crabb through the political highs and lows of 2016. Mike Bowers conducts Talking Pictures with David Rowe. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/25, Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au 55 GEORGE MEGALOGENIS: AUSTRALIA’S SECOND CHANCE May 19, 3–4pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage George Megalogenis offers fresh insight into the Australian mindset, diving deep into history with Jamila Rizvi to find out whether Australia has what it takes to maintain our winning streak. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 131 LEADERSHIP: THEN AND NOW May 20, 3–4pm, Wharf 2 Theatre From Whitlam to Howard, Abbott to Turnbull, what’s changed in Australian politics? Paul Kelly, Peter van Onselen and Niki Savva share their insights with Margot Saville on how the top job ihas changed over time. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 149 MAGDA SZUBANSKI AND GEORGE MEGALOGENIS: RATED PG (POLISH AND GREEK) May 20, 7.30–8.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Following the success of her recently released memoir, Reckoning, Magda Szubanski swaps notes with George Megalogenis on how the dorky children of European migrants redefined Australian culture. Supported by the City of Sydney. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

Festival Highlight

Anna Funder Anna Funder is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded writers.

29 WRITERS IN DANGER May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage Julian Burnside QC speaks to Chinese intellectual Xu Zhiyuan, Indian authors Deepti Kapoor and Samanth Subramanian, and North Korean escapee Yeonmi Park about the perils of writing in repressive regimes. Introduced by ICORN ambassador Anna Funder. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 270 ANNA FUNDER: COMING HOME May 22, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage Catch award–winning author Anna Funder

162 WHY WOMEN SHOULD RULE THE WORLD May 21, 10–11am Roslyn Packer Theatre How many female CEOs will it take to change the world? Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Indian activist Ira Trivedi and journalist Laura Tingle talk candidly to George Megalogenis about women at the top. Supported by the City of Sydney $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 217 YANIS VAROUFAKIS: AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? May 21, 5–6pm City Recital Hall Angel Place Yanis Varoufakis, economist and former finance minister of Greece, talks about his new book, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?, and outlines his plans for his pan-European political party. With George Megalogenis. Supported by The Russell Mills Foundation. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 or 8256 2222, roslynpackertheatre.com. au/swf or cityrecitalhall.com 254 SARAH FERGUSON: THE KILLING SEASON UNCUT May 22, 1.30–2.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Sarah Ferguson’s ABC TV series The Killing Season captivated Australia with its account of Labor’s implosion during the Rudd–Gillard–Rudd years. Sarah shares trade secrets of interviewing prime ministers with fellow journalist George Megalogenis. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

Festival Highlight 224 JONATHAN FRANZEN: PURITY May 21, 8.30–9.30pm Sydney Town Hall Dazzling in its scope and stunning in its satire, Purity firmly positions Jonathan Franzen as one of the greatest writers of fiction working today. Jonathan joins Anna Funder for a conversation as witty and wide–ranging as the novel itself. Premium $45, A Reserve 35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988, swf.org.au or roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf as she chats with Jason Steger about her years in the US, coming home to Australia and her poignant recent novella, The Girl with the Dogs. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

Festival Highlight 218 FERRANTE FEVER: A CELEBRATION OF ELENA FERRANTE’S NOVELS May 21, 5.30–6.30pm Sydney Town Hall Elena Ferrante inspires evangelical fervour. Join this forensic discussion about the lure of Ferrante’s feisty Neapolitan novels with her translator Ann Goldstein, Benjamin Law, Emma Alberici and Drusilla Modjeska, speaking with Susan Wyndham. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988, swf.org.au or roslynpackertheatre. com.au/swf

Susie Orbach Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, writer and co-founder of The Women's Therapy Centres in London and New York. 68 THE DANGER OF IDEAS May 19, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft Marie Darrieussecq, writer for Charlie Hebdo, author Tara Moss (Speaking Out) and Tim Soutphommasane speak with Susie Orbach about censorship and trigger warnings. Has political correctness gone too far or not far enough? $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 199 SUSIE ORBACH: FAT IS STILL A FEMINIST ISSUE May 21, 3–4pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Susie Orbach discusses her work as a psychotherapist and author. She examines

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In a fascinating series of public therapy forums, Susie puts three of the Festival’s bravest writers on the couch to explore what’s on their minds. These unique sessions live outside the traditional book interview, as the authors bring a particular personal or creative dilemma to their session. This is a rare chance to witness what makes an author tick. roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 37 SESSIONS WITH SUSIE: FIONA WRIGHT May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre Fiona Wright is a poet and critic whose book of essays, Small Acts of Disappearance, describes her 10-year battle with anorexia. Her journey is fraught,

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34 JULIAN BARNES: SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE BIOGRAPHERS May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Julian Barnes casts a sceptical eye on some biographical principles and practices as inflicted upon Gustave Flaubert, Clara Schumann, Evelyn Waugh, Ian McEwan and, some time in the future, the author himself. With Susan Wyndham. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 128 INSIDE THE NEW YORKER May 20, 3–4pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Discover the perks and challenges of working for one of the world’s greatest publications, The New Yorker, from three of its most influential insiders. Editors Ann Goldstein and Paul Muldoon speak to former managing editor Amelia Lester. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

yet she examines her life with honesty and wry humour. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 101 SESSIONS WITH SUSIE: ROGER COHEN May 20, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft New York Times columnist and author Roger Cohen has a backstory you couldn’t make up. His memoir recounts his Jewish family’s exile and displacement and his mother’s lifelong struggle with inner demons. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 173 SESSIONS WITH SUSIE: RICHARD GLOVER May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft Richard Glover’s mum ran off with his Tolkien–obsessed English teacher and his dad was a distant alcoholic. Little wonder then that Richard reckons he can win any game of ‘Who’s got the weirdest family?’ $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au


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42 LEISEL JONES: OUT OF THE POOL May 19, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage For Olympian Leisel Jones, life outside the pool didn’t always go swimmingly. Leisel and ghostwriter Felicity McLean sit down for a frank chat with Meredith Jaffé about recreating Leisel’s experiences on paper. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 43 HUGH MACKAY: CAN WE FIND MEANING WITHOUT RELIGION? May 19, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage Social researcher Hugh Mackay explores the ways we find meaning and purpose in a society where traditional religious faith and practice are in sharp decline. With Eleanor Hall. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 44 GREG SHERIDAN: POLITICAL SHENANIGANS May 19, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft With a distinguished journalistic career and a circle of friends that includes Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Bob Carr, Greg Sheridan’s memoir is brimming with fascinating insights. Catch him in conversation with Margot Saville. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 45 MARIE DARRIEUSSECQ: FICTION, FEMMES AND CHARLIE HEBDO May 19, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Internationally celebrated French author Marie Darrieussecq talks to Suzanne Leal about passion, otherness and love in her latest book, Men, and describes her work with Charlie Hebdo after the tragedy of 2015. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 46 THE WRITER WHO CHANGED ME: TEGAN BENNETT DAYLIGHT ON S.J. PERELMAN May 19, 1.30–2.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio Tegan Bennett Daylight talks about S.J. Perelman, the Marx Brothers’ scriptwriter and New Yorker essayist whose meticulous wit and erudition have been a lifelong influence on her work. With Ailsa Piper. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 47 EMMA SKY: HIGH HOPES AND MISSED OPPORTUNITIES IN IRAQ May 19, 1.30–2.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre The Unravelling is the memoir of Emma Sky, a civilian, pacifist and liberal Brit who became chief adviser to the US military in the combat zones of Iraq. Emma speaks to James Brown. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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3 AUSTEN’S WOMEN May 16, 7–8.10pm Wharf 2 Theatre Thirteen of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in this bold portrayal of characters from some of literature’s most celebrated works. Rebecca Vaughan returns with another celebrated one–woman show following her 2015 sell–out performances of Dalloway. Plays Monday May 16 – Sunday May 22 (excluding Friday). $36/$25 Bookings 9250 1988, roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

49 NSW PREMIER’S AWARDS: MEET THE WRITERS May 19, 1.30–2.30pm Sydney Dance 2 Be the first to hear from the winners of the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, representing the best in new Australian literature across a variety of genres. Free, no bookings 50 ADAM FORD: MY LIFE IN RUINS May 19, 1.30–2.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre From burials in Barbados to Bronze Age cities on the Euphrates, Adam Ford has dug, dived, abseiled and trekked his way into history. He gives a talk then speaks to Richard Miles about his memoir, My Life in Ruins. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 51 THE BOOK CLUB May 19, 2–3.45pm. ABC Studios Join Jennifer Byrne with regular panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger, plus exciting Festival guests, for a taping of a special Sydney Writers’ Festival edition of ABC TV’s The Book Club.

Free, bookings essential. Phone 8333 3644 or email bookc|ub@abc.net.au CUR 52 MICHAEL SEXTON SC: ON THE EDGES OF HISTORY May 19, 2.30–3.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 53 FIONA McFARLANE SPEAKS WITH MICHELLE DE KRETSER May 19, 3–4pm, Philharmonia Studio Fiona McFarlane’s new story collection, The High Places, explores those moments when we confront the strangeness and mystery of our lives. Fiona speaks with Michelle de Kretser. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 54 WENDY WHITELEY: SAVING A SECRET GARDEN May 19, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage Wendy Whiteley spent 20 years transforming a huge dump of railway land into a glorious guerrilla garden. Wendy and Janet Hawley speak about their book Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden. With Wayne Tunnicliffe. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 55 GEORGE MEGALOGENIS: AUSTRALIA’S SECOND CHANCE May 19, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 Main Stage SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 56 PAUL MULDOON: ONE THOUSAND THINGS WORTH KNOWING May 19, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 The Loft David Malouf joins Pulitzer Prize–winning Irish

60 INDIA: WRITERS TALK POLITICS May 19, 3–4pm, Sydney Dance 1 Join a lively discussion on the pressing social and political issues facing India today. Christopher Kremmer speaks with novelist Deepti Kapoor, journalist Samanth Subramanian and author and commentator Ira Trivedi. Free, no bookings 61 NEW AMERICAN POETRY May 19, 3–4pm, Sydney Dance 2 Jamila Woods and Nate Marshall are gifted poets, keen educators, activists and leaders in their communities. They perform their work and speak with Poetry editor Don Share. Supported by the Poetry Foundation. Free, no bookings

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48 PHILANTHROPY: THE ART OF GIVING May 19, 1.30–2.30pm, Sydney Dance 1 Join two of Australia’s most remarkable philanthropists, Penelope Seidler AM and Phillip Keir, as they tell David Leser about the motivation behind their acts of giving, and ask whether intention really matters. Presented with Philanthropy Australia and Sydney Community Foundation. Free, no bookings

collected a lifetime of stories and they share a few of them with with ABC RN’s Natasha Mitchell. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

poet Paul Muldoon for an unforgettable hour of poetry, rumination and conversation. Paul’s most recent collection is a masterful and multifarious volume, filled with linguistic hijinks. Supported by Culture Ireland by arrangement with Poetry Ireland. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 57 ANIMATING HISTORY May 19, 3–4pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Jami Attenberg, David Dyer and Sulari Gentill share the joys of bringing the past to life through fiction with Michael Williams. Their new novels range in subject from the Titanic to the Jazz Age. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 58 ART AND LIFE May 19, 3–4pm Richard Wherrett Studio Kendrah Morgan, Lesley Harding, Mark O’Flynn and Suzanne Falkiner speak to Rachel Kent about the Australian literary and artistic lives that have captured their attention, from Randolph Stow to Eve Langley and John and Sunday Reed. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 59 ON THE ROAD May 19, 3–4pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann and French author Jean-Christophe Rufin, who walked the Camino de Santiago, all have travel in their blood. This trio has

62 FORENSICS IN ART AND LITERATURE May 19, 3–4pm, Wharf 2 Theatre Luc Sante explores off-beat crime scene photos from 1930s New York and Peter Doyle delves into archival photos of Sydney suburbia. They discuss the dark allure of the forensic photograph with Kate Rossmanith. Supported by Macquarie University. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf CUR 63 BETH YAHP: ON EATING DIM SUM May 19, 3.30–4.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 CUR 64 FRANK BONGIORNO: WHY WE CAN’T GET OVER THE EIGHTIES May 19, 4.30–5.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 65 FINANCE AND FICTION May 19, 4.30–5.30pm Philharmonia Studio Why do we have an enduring fascination with financial folly and gr eed? Novelists Richard McHugh, Paul Murray and Jane Messer talk to John M. Green about why they revel in the drama of high finance. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 66 GAIL AND JULIETTE O’BRIEN: AFTER CATASTROPHE May 19, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage How do you carry on after devastating tragedies? Gail O’Brien, wife of the late surgeon Chris O’Brien, and their daughter Juliette, talk to Caroline Overington about their new book, This is Gail. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 67 FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS May 19, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage A playful and thoughtful chat with writers whose creative work reflects their abiding


City & Walsh Bay connection with animals. Shepherd James Rebanks, cartoonist First Dog on the Moon and writer Ceridwen Dovey join ABC RN’s Ellen Fanning. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 68 THE DANGER OF IDEAS May 19, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 69 CARMEN AGUIRRE: MEMOIRS OF A REVOLUTIONARY DAUGHTER May 19, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Carmen Aguirre is a Chilean refugee, revolutionary dissident, actress and now a bestselling writer. She speaks to Linda Jaivin about her life, as told in her memoir. Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 70 THINGS FALL APART May 19, 4.30–5.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio What do you do when your world implodes? Novelists Suzanne Leal, Josephine Rowe and Susan Johnson show that no matter what the catastrophe, how we cope is what makes us human. They speak with Meredith Jaffé. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 71 PETER FRANKOPAN: THE SILK ROADS May 19, 4.30–5.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre In his breathtaking book, The Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan has rewritten the history of the world from the ancient Eastern perspective of the Silk Roads, where civilisation began, religions were born, and goods, disease and ideas flowed. With Richard Miles. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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73 CREATING WORLDS May 19, 4.30–5.30pm Sydney Dance 2 Anna Smaill, James Bradley and Lynette Noni speak to David Henley about finding the right balance between grounded reality and glorious imagination when it comes to creating new universes in fiction. Free, no bookings

75 MICK TURNER AND PEGGY FREW: LIVING, DREAMING, MAKING May 19, 6–7pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage SEE NIGHTS AT THE WHARF, Page 15 76 JANNA LEVIN: BLACK HOLE BLUES AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE (AKA THE RECENT DISCOVERY OF GRAVITATIONAL WAVES) May 19, 6–7pm Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE NIGHTS AT THE WHARF, Page 15

82 HANYA YANAGIHARA: A LITTLE LIFE May 19, 8.15–9.15pm City Recital Hall Angel Place SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 8 83 LATE NIGHT SALON May 19, 9.30–11pm Pier 2/3 Hemingway Bar SEE NIGHTS AT THE WHARF, Page 15

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Festival Highlight 77 JEANETTE WINTERSON: THE GAP OF TIME May 19, 6.15–7.15pm City Recital Hall Angel Place Multi–award–winning writer Jeanette Winterson gives a special talk on her recent novel, The Gap of Time. A contemporary take on The Winter’s Tale, this is a story of love, jealousy and estrangement. Supported by the British Council. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 or 8256 2222 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf or cityrecitalhall.com 77 JEANETTE WINTERSON: THE GAP OF TIME May 19, 6.15–7.15pm City Recital Hall Angel Place SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 7 278 NIKI SAVVA: THE ROAD TO RUIN May 19, 6.30–7.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage Political commentator Niki Savva speaks to David Marr about her explosive new book,

which unpicks Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin’s political downfall. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 79 AUSTEN’S WOMEN May 19, 7–8.10pm, Wharf 2 Theatre SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 6 80 SARAH KAY AND PHIL KAYE May 19, 7.30–9pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage SEE NIGHTS AT THE WHARF, Page 15

84 COFFEE AND PAPERS WITH THE SMH, XU ZHIYUAN AND SATYAJIT DAS May 20, 9–10am, The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf Join Sydney Morning Herald editor Judith Whelan, SMH journalists and special guests Xu Zhiyuan and Satyajit Das to hear their take on what’s making headlines today and the changing nature of journalism. Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald. Free, no bookings CUR 85 SUSAN JOHNSON: NANCY SINATRA’S BOOTS May 20, 10–10.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 86 ALEKSANDAR HEMON: THE BOOK OF MY LIVES May 20, 10–11am Philharmonia Studio Aleksandar Hemon’s latest novel is The Making of Zombie Wars, a story that tackles love, violence, unhinged landlords and cinematic zombies. He speaks to ABC RN’s Sarah Kanowski about his fiction and acclaimed memoir, The Book of My Lives. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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81 NIGHT OF THE NERDS May 19, 8–9.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE NIGHTS AT THE WHARF, Page 15

72 ONE LIFE, MANY WORLDS May 19, 4.30–5.30pm Sydney Dance 1 Nelson Mandela’s private secretary Zelda la Grange, Bosnian refugee turned American literary star Aleksandar Hemon and the winner of the 2016 Finch Memoir Prize speak with Louise Adler about the turning points that have shaped their lives. Free, no bookings

74 TAMMY AND LESLEY WILLIAMS: NOT JUST BLACK AND WHITE May 19, 4.30–5.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre Lesley Williams’s fight to reclaim stolen wages led to the Queensland government’s historic $55.4 million reparations package. Hear Lesley and daughter Tammy talk to Eileen Baldry about growing up Indigenous and finding justice. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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CUR 98 MARTIN FLANAGAN: ON LISTENING May 20, 11–11.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17

87 IRELAND: WRITERS TALK POLITICS May 20, 10–11am, Pier 2/3 Main Stage Join a lively discussion on the pressing issues facing Ireland today. John Boyne, Paul Muldoon and Paul Murray share ideas on their homeland’s turbulent and surprising social and political landscape. Hosted by Marian Wilkinson. Supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 88 NAPOLEON: THE INTRIGUES OF AN EMPEROR May 20, 10–11am, Pier 2/3 The Loft Get set for eye-opening revelations on the secret machinations of Napoleon, one of history’s greatest public figures, with authors and historians Anne Whitehead, Philip Dwyer and Tom Keneally, who speak with ABC RN’s Phillip Adams. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 89 ‘DIFFICULT’ WOMEN May 20, 10–11am Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Why are women so often labelled troublemakers for being unconventional or challenging the status quo? Paula Hawkins, Charlotte Wood and Petina Gappah explore the role of ‘difficult’ women in fiction and in life, with Ashley Hay. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 90 DAMON YOUNG: THE ART OF READING May 20, 10–11am Richard Wherrett Studio Join Damon Young alongside Jane Gleeson-White as he reveals the pleasures and adventures that come with living a bookish life. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 91 WILLIAM BOYD AND JULIAN BARNES: HISTORY AND FICTION May 20, 10–11am Roslyn Packer Theatre Join two of Britain’s greatest novelists and masters of their craft, Julian Barnes (The Noise of Time) and William Boyd (Sweet Caress), as they ask whether fiction goes where history fears to tread. With Amelia Lester. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 92 FIXING THE SYSTEM May 20, 10–11am, Sydney Dance 1 Peter van Onselen, Anne Tiernan, Andrew Fowler and Griffith Review editor Julianne Schultz discuss how our institutions both support and fail us, and what we can do about it. Free, no bookings 93 SRI LANKA: THIS DIVIDED ISLAND May 20, 10–11am, Sydney Dance 2 Indian author Samanth Subramanian’s new book This Divided Island traverses war-ravaged Sri Lanka, using personal stories to reveal a country exhausted

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99 STORIES BUILDINGS TELL May 20, 11.30am–12.30pm Philharmonia Studio Join archaeologist and writer Adam Ford, Palestinian architect Suad Amiry and urban policy expert Jane Jose as they delve into the human stories behind the architecture and buildings that surround us. With Sophie Lieberman. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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Festival Highlight 82 HANYA YANAGIHARA: A LITTLE LIFE May 19, 8.15–9.15pm City Recital Hall Angel Place Hanya Yanagihara’s Man Booker-shortlisted A Little Life is one of the most talked-about books of recent times. Hanya speaks with Benjamin Law about her dark, beautiful depiction of heartbreak and friendship in New York City. Supported by the U.S. Consulate General, Sydney. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 or 8256 2222 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf or cityrecitalhall.com

and disturbed by war. Samanth speaks to Michael Williams. Free, no bookings 94 DAVID ASTLE: CROSSWORDS IN THE MORNING May 20, 10–11am Sydney Dance Lounge Do you love the smell of anagrams in the morning? Professional wordsmith David Astle takes you through insider tips that will put you on the path towards linguistic enlightenment. Free, no bookings 95 JOHN CANTWELL: LEADERSHIP IN ACTION May 20, 10–11am, Wharf 2 Theatre Major-General John Cantwell commanded forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and was deputy chief of the Australian Army. His new book explains how the leadership skills he learned on the frontline also apply to everyday life. With Ross Coulthart. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 96 ABC MORNING: ABC RN’S BOOKS AND ARTS DAILY AND ABC RADIO’S CONVERSATIONS LIVE BROADCAST May 20, 10am–12pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage Michael Cathcart, presenter of ABC RN’s Books and Arts, hosts a live broadcast from 10am featuring conversations with top Festival guests. At 11am Richard Fidler draws you into a fascinating real-life story for ABC Radio’s Conversations. Free, no bookings

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97 NEW AUSTRALIAN VOICES May 20, 10.30–11.30am, The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf Discover Australia’s best emerging writers as they read from and discuss their work. Featuring novelist Peggy Frew, Indigenous poet Maggie Walsh and shortstory writer Abigail Ulman in conversation with Jill Eddington. Free, no bookings

100 YEONMI PARK: ESCAPING NORTH KOREA May 20, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage Human rights activist and North Korean defector Yeonmi Park talks to Suzanne Leal about her memoir In Order to Live, which recounts her extraordinary escape from the world’s most secretive regime. Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 101 SESSIONS WITH SUSIE: ROGER COHEN May 20, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 102 DRUSILLA MODJESKA: THE FRIENDS, THE LOVERS, THE BOOKS May 20, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Drusilla Modjeska speaks about her fearless memoir, which explores love, friendship and home. It’s also a portrait of literary SydneyDrusilla speaks to Felicity Plunkett.

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103 JAMI ATTENBERG: SAINT MAZIE AND THE JAZZ AGE May 20, 11.30am–12.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio Join Leah Kaminsky and Jami Attenberg to discuss Jami’s latest novel, Saint Mazie, set in Jazz Age New York and featuring a feisty heroine with a heart as big as the city. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 104 JONATHAN FRANZEN: MY READING LIFE May 20, 11.30am–12.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre From David Foster Wallace and Alice Munro to Don DeLillo and Franz Kafka, Jonathan Franzen’s reading life is rich, varied and often unexpected. Jonathan chats to Tegan Bennett Daylight about his favourite books. Supported by the U.S. Consulate General, Sydney. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 105 HAVE WE REACHED PEAK INTERNET? May 20, 11.30am–12.30pm Sydney Dance 1 One futurist, one Google creative director and one podcast host explore the infinite possibilities of technology in the future. Richard Watson, T.L. Uglow and PJ Vogt speak to Jamila Rizvi. Free, no bookings 106 IT’S THE STORY THAT BINDS US May 20, 11.30am–12.30pm Sydney Dance 2 Indigenous performance artists and writers Celestine Rowe and Alexis West, and poet Dorothea Smartt of Barbadian heritage come together with Rhoda Roberts for an hour of readings and stories about the genesis of their work. Free, no bookings 107 THE SHADOW OF 1975 May 20, 11.30am–12.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston (The Dismissal), and Whitlam’s biographer Jenny Hocking join David Marr to talk about one of the most dramatic years in Australian political history. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf CUR 108 JOHN BIRMINGHAM: DEATH SPIRAL – THE FUTURE OF MEDIA AND PUBLISHING May 20, 12–12.40pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17

Festival Highlight 147 WILLIAM BOYD: THE MANY LIVES OF AMORY CLAY May 20, 6.30–7.30pm City Recital Hall Angel Place One of Britain’s best-loved storytellers, William Boyd, speaks to Catherine Keenan about history, love and artistic expression. William’s new novel, Sweet Caress, is a vivid tale of the life of a female war photographer. Supported by Editor Group. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 or 8256 2222 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf or cityrecitalhall.com

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109 MADNESS AND MALEVOLENCE: HISTORY THROUGH FICTION May 20, 1–2pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage Is truth really stranger than fiction? Novelists Marlon James, Nir Baram and Álvaro Enrigue each have decidedly idiosyncratic takes on history. They

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speak to ABC RN’s Kate Evans about incorporating the past into stories. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 110 THE LITERARY HEALING ROOM May 20, 1–5pm, Pier 2/3 Foyer Bibliotherapist Susan Elderkin (The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies) will be offering 10-minute consultations – come and be cured with a novel. Drop in to sign up in the Pier 2/3 foyer.

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113 VIVIAN GORNICK: THE ODD WOMAN AND NEW YORK CITY May 20, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage Vivian Gornick speaks about her memoir, The Odd Woman and the City, a wise, witty and expansive exploration of life, love, friendship and literature in New York City. With Lucinda Holdforth. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 114 HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD May 20, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft Three extraordinary Australians share their inspiring life stories. Leaders in their deeds, not just their words, Rosie Batty, Peter Garrett and Bob Brown share the experiences and the passions that drive them. With Catherine Keenan. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 115 THE WRITER WHO CHANGED ME: DEBRA ADELAIDE ON EMILY BRONTË May 20, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Debra Adelaide’s latest novel references Wuthering Heights and its author in unexpected ways. Debra discusses how Emily Brontë has shaped her reading and writing life. With Susan Johnson. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 116 PEACE AND DISQUIET May 20, 1.30–2.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio Stephanie Bishop (The Other Side of the World) and Kirsten Tranter (Hold) speak to Ashley Hay about their novels and the loneliness, desire and art they capture so well in their books. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 117 LET NATURE BE YOUR TEACHER May 20, 1.30–2.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Join author Jeanette Winterson, natural heritage advocate Tim Flannery, and writer and shepherd James Rebanks for a wideranging discussion about our complex and contradictory relationship with nature. With ABC RN’s Natasha Mitchell. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 118 CHINA: WRITERS TALK POLITICS May 20, 1.30–2.30pm Sydney Dance 1 Join a lively discussion on the pressing social and political issues facing China today. Li Zhou speaks with writer and intellectual Xu Zhiyuan, novelist Ye Xin and China Studies lecturer Dr Minglu Chen. Free, no bookings 119 RISING TENSION May 20, 1.30–2.30pm Sydney Dance 2 Have you ever sacrificed sleep to a good

Festival Highlight 151 SWF GALA: THE BOOK THAT SAVED ME May 20, 8.15–9.45pm Sydney Town Hall Some of the world’s most celebrated writers share the books that saved and defined them. Featuring Jeanette Winterson, Andrew Denton, Kate Tempest, Vivian Gornick, Herman Koch and Marlon James. Hosted by 702 ABC Sydney’s Richard Glover. Premium $55, A Reserve $45/$30 Bookings 9250 1988, swf.org.au or roslynpacker.com.au/swf story? Three experts in suspense, crime writers Candice Fox, Graham Potts and Aoife Clifford speak to Nigel Bartlett about how they raise the stakes. Free, no bookings 120 SUAD AMIRY: REVISITING HOME – PALESTINIAN STORIES May 20, 1.30–2.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre Deeply informed by her Palestinian heritage, architect Suad Amiry, author of Golda Slept Here, speaks about home, loss, displacement and the grand houses of West Jerusalem. With Patrick Abboud. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf CUR 121 JAMES ARVANITAKIS: ON HOPE May 20, 2.30–3.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 122 TALES OF DISASTER AND OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE May 20, 2.30–3.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage Join David Marr alongside journalist Laura Tingle, politician Andrew Leigh and biographer Paddy Manning for an insiders’ chat about the strengths and foibles of our elected representatives, and the twists of fortune that raised or toppled them. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 123 THE NEW AUSTRALIAN POETRY May 20, 3–4pm, Philharmonia Studio Don’t miss the launch of an exciting and historic Australian issue of Poetry, edited by Robert Adamson. The session features Don Share, Robert Adamson, David Malouf, Lionel Fogarty, Lisa Gorton and Ali Cobby Eckermann. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 124 MIGRATION: A WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS? May 20, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 Main Stage SEE THINKING GLOBALLY, Page 14 125 HAS ATHEISM HAD ITS DAY? May 20, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 The Loft Modern notions of spirituality and religion are shifting radically. Phillip Adams, Julia Baird and Hugh Mackay examine the possibility that the old labels – theist, atheist, agnostic – have outlived their usefulness. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 126 HEART AND SOUL: CREATING CHARACTERS THAT MATTER May 20, 3–4pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Novelists Kelly Doust, Antonia Hayes and Inga Simpson each create characters you can’t help caring about. They discuss

emotional connection and getting the small details right, with John Purcell. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 127 DAVID UREN: DID THE CHIKO ROLL CHANGE AUSTRALIAN HISTORY? May 20, 3–4pm Richard Wherrett Studio David Uren talks about his provocative new book, Takeover, an engaging account of the history of foreign investment in Australia – both the economics and the politics. With John Hewson. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 128 INSIDE THE NEW YORKER May 20, 3–4pm Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 129 THE REALITY OF WAR: RECONCILING TWO WORLDS May 20, 3–4pm, Sydney Dance 1 What’s it actually like to be in a war and what are the challenges of re-entering civilian life? James Brown speaks to Jamie Zimmerman, Major-General John Cantwell and Mark Dapin about life on the frontline. Free, no bookings 130 INSIDE THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING May 20, 3–4pm, Sydney Dance 2 What goes on behind the bookshelves of the world’s most influential publishing houses? James Gurbutt, Jenna Johnson and Anish Chandy join Michael Heyward to reveal the trends and taboos of editorial departments across the globe. Free, no bookings 131 LEADERSHIP: THEN AND NOW May 20, 3–4pm, Wharf 2 Theatre SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 CUR 132 INDIRA NAIDOO: ON BEING BROWN May 20, 3.30–4.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 133 702 ABC SYDNEY DRIVE WITH RICHARD GLOVER, FEATURING THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY May 20, 4–6pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage Join 702 ABC Sydney’s Richard Glover from 4pm to 4.30pm as he speaks to three literary stars and again at 5pm for a special Festival edition of Thank God It’s Friday. Free, no bookings CUR 134 PHILIP DWYER: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE May 20, 4.30–5.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17

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141 CHOOSING YOUR WORDS May 20, 4.30–5.30pm Sydney Dance 1 Language is one of the most powerful tools we have to influence and disempower. Writer Don Watson and novelist Anna Smaill speak to Linda Jaivin about why language is our greatest gift and our greatest weapon. Free, no bookings 142 UTS 2016 ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH: SEEDS AND SKELETONS May 20, 4.30–5.30pm Sydney Dance 2 Join us at the launch of the 2016 UTS Writers’ Anthology, Seeds and Skeletons, with special guest speaker, Catherine Keenan. Celebrate this exciting annual collection of work from emerging UTS writers. Free, no bookings

CUR 111 CHRISTOPHER NEFF: THE SHARK ‘ATTACK’ MYTH May 20, 1.30–2.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 112 DARK ENCHANTMENTS: AN HOUR OF OLD-FASHIONED STORYTELLING May 20, 1.30–2.30pm Philharmonia Studio The best fairy tales are told only when the children are asleep. Join seductive storytellers Cat Weatherill and Kate Forsyth for two dangerously delicious fairy tales from Old Europe. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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135 CRIMES, TRUE AND OTHERWISE May 20, 4.30–5.30pm Philharmonia Studio How tough do you have to be to write hardboiled crime and true crime? Find out from veterans Adrian McKinty, Tony Cavanaugh and Matt Condon as they take a dangerous walk on the dark side with Caroline Overington. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 136 FRIENDSHIP, HATESHIP, LOVESHIP May 20, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage Explore the terrible and tender power of human relationships with three writers who have mined their outer limits. Julia Leigh, Nicolas Fargues and Hanya Yanagihara speak with ABC RN’s Sarah Kanowski. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 137 ROSALIE HAM: THE DRESSMAKER, A MODERN CLASSIC May 20, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft Rosalie Ham speaks to Toni Jordan about the astonishing renaissance of her bestselling novel, The Dressmaker, and why she returns to the themes of love, betrayal and high drama in her work. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 138 WORLD WAR II IN FICTION May 20, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Nir Baram, Leah Kaminsky and John Boyne speak to Michaela Kalowski about how they found themselves drawn to World War II, one of the most revisited, yet rich terrains for fictional exploration. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 139 SECRETS AND SURVIVAL May 20, 4.30–5.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio Ailsa Piper joins Suzanne Leal, Emily Maguire and Mireille Juchau, writers preoccupied with what lies beneath our social façades and collective taboos. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 140 ANDREW DENTON: BETTER OFF DEAD May 20, 4.30–5.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Modern medicine is prolonging our lives, but does it consider our quality of life? Andrew Denton speaks to David Leser about our assisted dying laws and his podcast series, Better Off Dead. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

143 STARLEE KINE: FROM THIS AMERICAN LIFE TO MYSTERY SHOW May 20, 4.30–5.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre Starlee Kine is a podcast icon. She speaks to Benjamin Law about writing and producing stories for This American Life and now Mystery Show, where she solves compelling enigmas. Supported by the U.S. Consulate General, Sydney. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 144 DAVID GONSKI: I GAVE A GONSKI May 20, 6–7pm Roslyn Packer Theatre While he’s renowned for his review of education, David Gonski is equally passionate about other subjects such as philanthropy and why more women should be on boards. He talks to Margot Saville about his life and ideas. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 145 BOOK LAUNCH: SPEAKING OUT BY TARA MOSS May 20, 6–8pm The Hemingway Bar Rosie Batty launches Tara Moss’s new book, Speaking Out, a 21st-century handbook for women and girls about making your voice heard. Free, bookings essential, email rsvp@harpercollins.com.au 146 GLORIA STEINEM: LIFE ON THE ROAD May 20, 6.15–7.15pm Sydney Town Hall After a lifetime of campaigning for real change, Gloria Steinem – writer, activist, revolutionary feminist – reveals the surprising and deeply personal encounters that have shaped her. Gloria speaks with Jennifer Byrne. Supported by Rowena Danziger AM and Ken Coles AM. Limited tickets available, A Reserve $45/$30 Bookings 9250 1988, swf. org.au or roslynpacker.com.au/swf 147 WILLIAM BOYD: THE MANY LIVES OF AMORY CLAY May 20, 6.30–7.30pm City Recital Hall Angel Place SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 8 148 PATRICK WHITE PLAYWRIGHTS’ AWARD AND FELLOWSHIP May 20, 7–9.30pm, Wharf 2 Theatre Join STC’s artistic director Jonathan Church as he announces the winners of the 2015 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Fellowship. Following the announcement, STC artists will present a rehearsed reading of the award-winning play. $5 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 149 MAGDA SZUBANSKI AND GEORGE MEGALOGENIS: RATED PG (POLISH AND GREEK) May 20, 7.30–8.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 150 GIANT DWARF PRESENTS THE YARRAMADOON PUBLIC SCHOOL DEBATE NIGHT May 20, 7.30–9pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage SEE NIGHTS AT THE WHARF, Page 15


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152 THE END OF EUROPE? May 20, 8.30–9.45pm City Recital Hall Angel Place SEE THINKING GLOBALLY, Page 14 153 LATE NIGHT SALON May 20, 9.30–11pm Pier2/3 The Hemingway Bar SEE NIGHTS AT THE WHARF, Page 15

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154 COFFEE AND PAPERS WITH THE SMH, EMMA SKY AND PETER DOHERTY May 21, 9–10am, The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf Join Sydney Morning Herald editor Judith Whelan, SMH journalists and special guests Peter Doherty and Emma Sky to hear their take on what’s making headlines today and the changing nature of journalism. Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald. Free, no bookings

CUR 155 MATTHEW CONDON: HOW MURDERERS AND CRIMINAL POND SCUM CHANGED MY LIFE May 21, 10–10.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 156 A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN May 21, 10–11am Philharmonia Studio Join Drusilla Modjeska, Debra Adelaide and Kirsten Tranter in a thoughtful and lively discussion with Elizabeth Johnstone about the depiction of women, art, creativity and autonomy in their new works of fiction and memoir. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 157 THE BEAUTY OF TRUTH: WRITING SCIENCE May 21, 10–11am, Pier 2/3 Club Stage Public conversation around key scientific issues is often hijacked by hype and misinformation. Janna Levin, Wilson da Silva and Michael Slezak speak to Bianca Nogrady about the importance of telling the full story. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 158 AMANDA KELLER: MY LIFE AND OTHER PALAVER May 21, 10–11am, Pier 2/3 Main Stage Join broadcaster and radio star Amanda Keller and Tracey Spicer as they chat about Amanda’s daggy suburban childhood, her rise to fame and her unrepentant passion for the great Barry Manilow. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 159 SOFIE LAGUNA: THE EYE OF THE SHEEP May 21, 10–11am Pier 2/3 The Loft Winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award Sofie Laguna talks to Ashley Hay about her novel The Eye of the Sheep and its extraordinary protagonist, young Jimmy Flick, who is caught in a domestic maelstrom. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 160 VALERIA LUISELLI: THE STORY OF MY TEETH May 21, 10–11am Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Mexican essayist and novelist Valeria Luiselli is one of the most talked-about new voices on the New York literary scene, with her sharp, richly imaginative style. Valeria speaks with Kate Fagan. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

161 PETINA GAPPAH: THE BOOK OF MEMORY May 21, 10–11am Richard Wherrett Studio Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah talks to ABC RN’s Kate Evans about her novel, which traverses Zimbabwe’s dirt-poor townships and well-heeled suburbs in a gripping tale of love, obsession and the

Festival Highlight 176 JAMES REBANKS: A SHEPHERD’S LIFE May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre James Rebanks describes his unshakeable love for the UK’s Lake District, where his family has farmed for more than 600 years. He talks to ABC Radio’s Richard Fidler about his life and the joys of being a Herdwick shepherd. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988, roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf treachery of recollection. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 162 WHY WOMEN SHOULD RULE THE WORLD May 21, 10–11am Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 163 WRITING LIVE SUBJECTS: THE PLEASURES AND PITFALLS OF BIOGRAPHY May 21, 10–11am, Sydney Dance 1 Is it possible to write a full and impartial account of a public figure who is still alive? Martin Flanagan, Catharine Lumby and Kerry O’Brien discuss the challenges, perks and pitfalls of writing about the living, with Margot Saville. Free, no bookings 164 THE RISKY BUSINESS OF BREAKING NEWS May 21, 10–11am, Sydney Dance 2 In the social media age, stories unfold in real time. Chris Reason, Michael Reid and Claire Phipps chat to Walkley Award-winning journalist Kate McClymont about the beauty and frustrations of our 24-hour news cycle. Free, no bookings 165 DAVID ASTLE: CROSSWORDS IN THE MORNING May 21, 10–11am Sydney Dance Lounge Do you love the smell of anagrams in the morning? Professional wordsmith David Astle takes you through insider tips that will put you on the path towards linguistic enlightenment. Free, no bookings 166 RUSSEL HOWCROFT: WHEN IT’S RIGHT TO BE WRONG May 21, 10–11am, Wharf 2 Theatre Adman Russel Howcroft has made a career out of getting results by doing the unexpected. Grab a seat for a rollicking, no–holds–barred trip around the Howcroft universe. With Rowan Dean. Supported by Macleay College. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 167 NEW AUSTRALIAN VOICES May 21, 10.30–11.30am, The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf Discover Australia’s best emerging writers as they read from and discuss their work. John Purcell speaks to poet and essayist Fiona Wright and debut novelists Stephanie Bishop and Lucy Treloar. Free, no bookings CUR 168 PAUL MULDOON: ON SEAMUS HEANEY May 21, 11–11.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 169 NEW SHOOTS: POEMS INSPIRED BY PLANTS May 21, 11am–12.30pm and 2–3.30pm Royal Botanic Gardens Commencing at Lion’s Gate Lodge, join poets Eileen Chong and Mark Tredinnick

as they share new works on a walking tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens, followed by drinks and conversation with The Planthunter and Tamryn Bennett. $18, Bookings new-shoots.event brite.com.au 170 TEGAN BENNETT DAYLIGHT: SIX BEDROOMS May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Philharmonia Studio Tegan Bennett Daylight is one of Australia’s most astute chroniclers of the intensity of youth. Tegan talks with Charlotte Wood about her new collection of short stories, Six Bedrooms. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 171 SURVEILLANCE: HOW BIG IS BIG BROTHER? May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage SEE THINKING GLOBALLY, Page 14 172 BEING ROSIE WATERLAND May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage A sad, funny and completely oversharing conversation with Rosie Waterland about her laugh-till-you-cry memoir, The Anti-Cool Girl. With her trademark humour and red-raw honesty, Rosie talks to Zoe Norton Lodge about coming to terms with her past. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 173 SESSIONS WITH SUSIE: RICHARD GLOVER May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 174 NIR BARAM: GOOD PEOPLE May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Nir Baram is a distinctive voice in

contemporary literature. Dubbed Israel’s Dostoevsky, Nir speaks with Louise Adler about his latest novel, which brings together a young German Nazi and a Russian Stalinist to paint a sober view of humanity. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 175 MARK TEDESCHI: KIDNAPPED May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio Katherine Biber speaks to Mark Tedeschi AM QC about Australia’s most shocking kidnapping, the 1960 abduction of Graeme Thorne. In his astounding account of this true story, Mark tells of a country gripped by fear. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 176 JAMES REBANKS: A SHEPHERD’S LIFE May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 10 177 PAUL MURRAY: A POST-CRASH COMEDY May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Sydney Dance 1 Paul Murray’s latest book intertwines the lives of an Irish banker and a dodgy employer, a down-on-his-luck writer and a beautiful waitress, to create a funny and profound story of institutional folly. Paul speaks with Rónán McDonald. Supported by Culture Ireland by arrangement with Poetry Ireland. Free, no bookings 178 MEET THE SMH BEST YOUNG NOVELISTS May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Sydney Dance 2 Each year The Sydney Morning Herald names the authors it considers to be the best young fiction writers in the country. Susan Wyndham leads a discussion with the 2016 winners, including short readings. Free, no bookings 179 FIRST DOG ON THE MOON LIVE May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre Do you want to be a national treasure and save the Earth? Find out how from The Guardian’s much-loved cartoonist, First Dog on the Moon, as he scampers about in this fascinating theatre show, complete with Q&A session. Hosted by Chris Endrey. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf CUR 180 MEGAN MACKENZIE: DO WOMEN BELONG ON THE FRONTLINE? May 21, 12–12.40pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 181 THE LITERARY HEALING ROOM May 21, 1–5pm, Pier 2/3 Foyer Bibliotherapist Susan Elderkin (The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies) will be offering 10-minute consultations – come and be cured with a novel! Drop in to sign up in the Pier 2/3 foyer.

CUR 182 MARC FENNELL: WHY PINOCCHIO WAS A SOCIOPATH AND ADVENTURES IN WALT DISNEY May 21, 1.30–2.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 183 THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF ART May 21, 1.30–2.30pm Philharmonia Studio Kelsey Montague and Josh Yeldham talk about art’s power to heal and renew with ABC RN’s Cassie McCullagh. Kelsey is known for her interactive angel-wing murals and Joshua is an award-winning artist who works intimately with nature. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 184 THE MAKING OF THE DRESSMAKER May 21, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage Join Rosalie Ham, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Sacha Horler in a discussion with Michaela Kalowski about collaboration, the creative process and the transition of The Dressmaker from book to acclaimed film. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 185 EXTRAORDINARY LIVES May 21, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage Three extraordinary women, three extraordinary lives. Live vicariously through Magda Szubanski, Carmen Aguirre and Jane Caro as they let you in on the triumphs, challenges and defining moments of their lives. With 702 ABC Sydney’s James Valentine. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 186 KATE TEMPEST: THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES May 21, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft Londoner Kate Tempest, an award-winning poet and rapper, has turned her prodigious talents for song, spoken word and theatre into a dynamic debut novel. She takes to the stage with Michael Williams. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 187 THE WRITER WHO CHANGED ME: DON WATSON ON GABRIEL GARCÍA MARQUÉZ May 21, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Don Watson first read Gabriel García Marquéz around 1980, and although he has never written anything that resembles the Colombian writer’s tales, his influence left its mark on many of Don’s big life decisions. With Delia Falconer. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 188 FILM TO FICTION: WHAT I LEARNED FROM SCREENWRITING May 21, 1.30–2.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio Some of the most useful disciplines of novel writing apply to the craft of screenwriting. Ross Grayson Bell finds out how it’s done, with screenwriters turned novelists Shirley Barrett, J.D. Barrett and Tony Cavanaugh. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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189 MARLON JAMES: A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS May 21, 1.30–2.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre The winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize, A Brief History of Seven Killings, is a wild, imaginative feat, circling around the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. ABC RN’s Michael Cathcart speaks to author Marlon James,. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

194 PAULA HAWKINS: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN May 21, 3–4pm City Recital Hall Angel Place The Girl on the Train is a taut psychological thriller where nothing is as it seems. Author Paula Hawkins talks to ABC RN’s Kate Evans about writing a worldwide bestseller and the ingredients for a compulsive read. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 or 8256 2222 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf or cityrecitalhall.com

190 THE MODERN FLANEUR May 21, 1.30–2.30pm Sydney Dance 1 Contemporary urban wanderers Luc Sante, Valeria Luiselli and Gail Jones discuss the art of being a flâneur, and the places that inspire them and infuse their writing, from Paris to Mexico City. With Louise Adler. Free, no bookings

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City & Walsh Bay 191 LOVE, SEX AND LITERATURE: WHO’S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED? May 21, 1.30–2.30pm Sydney Dance 2 Deepti Kapoor, Toni Jordan and John Purcell expose their least wholesome thoughts about love and desire in literature. Do we live in a world where sexuality is accepted as fluid, or are we still restricted by taboos? With Kate Forsyth. Free, no bookings 192 CHILDREN’S BOOKS BY DESIGN WITH JON KLASSEN May 21, 1.30–2.30pm, Wharf 2 Theatre Jon Klassen is one of the world’s most exciting and awarded voices in children’s picture books. Jon lifts the veil on his creative process and demonstrates how his design background informs his work. With Jeremy Wortsman. Perfect for budding picture-book writers, illustrators and designers. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

CUR 193 ROBERT MANNE: WHO CREATED ISIS? THE ROLES OF GEORGE W. BUSH AND AL ZARQAWI May 21, 2.30–3.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 194 PAULA HAWKINS: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN May 21, 3–4pm City Recital Hall Angel Place SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 10 195 A LIFE IN WORDS May 21, 3–4pm, Philharmonia Studio Award-winning poets Geoffrey Lehmann and Kate Lilley discuss the evolution of their work, their eclectic range of muses and what it feels like to see the world through the prism of verse. With Luke Fischer. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

196 THE LISTENING HOUR: PODCASTS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT May 21, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage Superstar podcasters Starlee Kine (Mystery Show) and PJ Vogt (Reply All) join ABC RN’s Jesse Cox for an hour of anecdotes and behind–the–scenes insights into the ever popular world of podcasts. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

197 ELIZABETH HARROWER: A CELEBRATION May 21, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 Main Stage This is a rare chance to hear Elizabeth Harrower discuss her remarkable and recently resurrected novels and short fiction, praised by the likes of Christina Stead and Patrick White, Elizabeth speaks with Michael Heyward. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 198 HOW TO DIE WELL May 21, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 The Loft Should we have the right to choose when we die? Join Andrew Denton,

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Father Frank Brennan, doctor and author Leah Kaminsky and novelist Cory Taylor via video link, to discuss the troubling issues around legalising euthanasia. With Rebecca Huntley. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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199 SUSIE ORBACH: FAT IS STILL A FEMINIST ISSUE May 21, 3–4pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 200 XU ZHIYUAN: INSIDE THE REAL CHINA May 21, 3–4pm Richard Wherrett Studio Get an insider’s view of contemporary Chinese society with intellectual, writer and editor Xu Zhiyuan, who speaks with Shuangyuan Shi. Paper Tiger: Inside the Real China is a series of nostalgic, critical and intriguing personal essays about Zhiyuan’s home. Supported by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 201 STAN GRANT: TALKING TO MY COUNTRY May 21, 3–4pm Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 11 202 PEN FREE VOICES LECTURE: GILLIAN TRIGGS May 21, 3–4pm, Sydney Dance 1 Professor Gillian Triggs, celebrated human rights lawyer and President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, will deliver the Sydney PEN Free Voices lecture. Free, no bookings 203 A MESSAGE AND A MIC: THE BEST OF BANKSTOWN POETRY SLAM May 21, 3–4pm, Sydney Dance 2 Join the largest poetry event in the country,

Festival Highlight 201 STAN GRANT: TALKING TO MY COUNTRY May 21, 3–4pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Following his speech that stopped the nation, Stan Grant urges all Australians to think deeply about identity. In this special talk he offers a powerful meditation on race and how we choose to go forward. With Rhoda Roberts. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988, roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf Bankstown Poetry Slam, down at the Wharf. Enjoy a combination of group and individual poetry performances, including a showcase from the BPS Olympics. Free, no bookings

CUR 205 JANNA LEVIN: WHAT’S NEW IN COSMOLOGY May 21, 3.30–4.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17

204 THE EMPTY PRAM: STORIES OF THE STOLEN GENERATION May 21, 3–4pm, Wharf 2 Theatre Hear the voices of three adopted Aboriginal women, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Celestine Rowe and Alexis West, as they unravel the ongoing personal costs of removal and the journey to recovery through poetry and performance. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

CUR 206 T.L. UGLOW: ON DOUBT – FROM MONTAIGNE TO MINCHIN May 21, 4.30–5.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17

217 Yanis Varoufakis

Festival Highlight 217 YANIS VAROUFAKIS: AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? May 21, 5–6pm City Recital Hall Angel Place Yanis Varoufakis, economist and former finance minister of Greece, gives a special talk about his new book, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?, and plans for his pan-European political party. With George Megalogenis. Supported by The Russell Mills Foundation. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 or 8256 2222 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf or cityrecitalhall.com

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207 A MURDER IN THE MAKING May 21, 4.30–5.30pm Philharmonia Studio Anna Westbrook, Emily Maguire and Alecia Simmonds speak to Alyce McGovern about why murder is so ripe for creative exploration. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 208 THE BEST OF THE FESTIVAL: POETRY AND PERFORMANCE May 21, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage A poetry extravaganza starring prolific Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon, American poets Nate Marshall and Jamila Woods, political poet Dorothea Smartt, and spoken word duet Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye. Hosted by Miles Merrill. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 209 JEAN-CHRISTOPHE RUFIN: THE SANTIAGO PILGRIMAGE May 21, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage A French bestseller, Jean-Christophe Rufin’s account of walking the Camino de Santiago is filled with anecdotes, etiquette and landscapes. He tells Ailsa Piper about the book, his travels and life as co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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210 THE BIG READ May 21, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft This year, The Big Read features an extraordinary line-up of literary luminaries including William Boyd, Petina Gappah, Paul Murray, Marlon James and Carmen Aguirre. Hosted by Annette Shun Wah. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 211 NICOLAS FARGUES: LOVE, BETRAYAL AND LIFE IN FRANCE May 21, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Nicolas Fargues’s fiction is lucid and bitterly funny. His autobiographical novel I Was Behind You explores his stormy separation from his wife. In a tête-a-tête with Linda Jaivin, Nicolas discusses writing and being a modern man in France. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 212 ADRIAN MCKINTY: RAIN DOGS May 21, 4.30–5.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio Join Adrian McKinty to discuss his latest Sean Duffy instalment, Rain Dogs, a classic locked-room murder mystery, which stretches the roguish detective to new and dangerous limits. With Candice Fox. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 213 AMERICA: WRITERS TALK POLITICS May 21, 4.30–5.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Join a lively discussion on the pressing social and political issues facing America today, with critic Vivian Gornick, columnist Roger Cohen, writer Aleksandar Hemon and academic Dr David Smith. Hosted by Amelia Lester. Supported by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 214 TIM FLANNERY: ATMOSPHERE OF HOPE May 21, 4.30–5.30pm Sydney Dance 1 Tim Flannery speaks to ABC RN’s Bernie Hobbs about Atmosphere of Hope, his new book about the climate change crisis and the innovative technologies that could make a positive difference. Free, no bookings 215 THE LAST LAUGH May 21, 4.30–5.30pm Sydney Dance 2 Love a literary laugh? Jane Caro rounds up a gaggle of authors who can’t repress their comic instincts – Álvaro Enrigue, Shirley Barrett and Toni Jordan. Free, no bookings 216 JULIA LEIGH: AN INTIMATE ACCOUNT OF AN IVF JOURNEY May 21, 4.30–5.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre Julia Leigh sits down with Annabel Crabb to discuss the challenge of writing about


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PIER 4/5 THE WATERFRONT

PHILHARMONIA STUDIO

12pm

PIER 2/3 CLUB STAGE

PIER 2/3 THE LOFT

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PIER 2/3 CURIOSITY STAGE 9am

21 Zelda la Grange: Good Morning, Mr Mandela

20 Ghostwriting: The Untold Story

24 Jane Caro: A Perfectly Imperfect Life

9.30am 19 Sport: The Great Distractor?

15 Sound and Silence

34 Julian Barnes: Some of My Best Friends Are Biographers

33 Across Generations: Sofie Laguna and Alice Pung

17 Annabel Crabb: 16 Susan Elderkin: The 18 Ken Done: A Life Food and Friends Novel Cure Coloured In

25 New Australian Voices

11am 11.30am

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13 Coffee and Papers with The SMH, Aleksandar Hemon & Madeline Gleeson

9.30am 10am

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37 Sessions with Susie: Fiona Wright

32 Modern Love: John and Sunday Reed

28 Going Home: Belonging, Family and Food

12.30pm

22 Secret Weapons of Investigative Journalists

23 Historical Obsessions

CUR14 Tim Griffiths: Frank 10am Hurley, Shackleton and the End of the Heroic Age 10.30am

CUR26 Jean-François 11am Vernay: A French View On Australian Novels 11.30am 30 Peter Garrett: Big 29 Writers in Danger 31 Climate: 35 Chris Bowen: The 36 The Underbelly of Blue Sky Knowledge and Hope Money Men Sydney CUR38 Catriona Menzies- 12pm Pike: Why I've Lost Every Marathon I've Ever Run 12.30pm

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1.30pm 47 Emma Sky: High 46 The Writer Who Hopes and Missed Changed Me: Tegan 2pm Opportunities In Iraq Bennett Daylight on S.J. Perelman 2.30pm 3pm

59 On The Road

58 Art and Life

50 Adam Ford: My Life in Ruins

45 Marie Darrieussecq: Fiction, Femmes and Charlie Hebdo

62 Forensics In Art and Literature

41 The Politics of Paperbacks

57 Animating History 53 Fiona McFarlane speaks with Michelle de Kretser

3.30pm

43 Hugh Mackay: Can 42 Leisel Jones: Out 44 Greg Sheridan: 48 Philanthropy: The We Find Meaning of the Pool Political Shenanigans Art of Giving Without Religion?

69 Carmen Aguirre: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

65 Finance and Fiction

CUR40 Anthony Bond: The Awful Truth About Curating

1.30pm 2pm

55 George Megalogenis: Australia's Second Chance

54 Wendy Whiteley: 56 Paul Muldoon: One 60 India: Saving a Secret Thousand Things Writers Talk Politics Garden Worth Knowing

CUR52 Michael Sexton SC: 2.30pm On the Edges of History 3pm 61 New American Poetry CUR63 Beth Yahp: On 3.30pm Eating Dim Sum 4pm

67 For the Love of Animals

66 Gail and Juliette O'Brien: After Catastrophe

73 Creating Worlds CUR64 Frank Bongiorno: 4.30pm Why We Can't Get Over the Eighties 5pm

4pm 4.30pm 71 Peter Frankopan: 70 Things Fall Apart 74 Tammy and Lesley The Silk Roads Williams: Not Just Black and White 5pm

49 NSW Premier's Awards: Meet the Writers

68 The Danger of Ideas

72 One Life, Many Worlds

5.30pm

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6pm 76 Janna Levin: Black Hole Blues and Other 6.30pm Songs from Outer Space 7pm

ALSO TONIGHT AT PIER 2/3 THE HEMINGWAY BAR

79 Austen's Women

7.30pm

278 Niki Savva: The Road To Ruin

8.30pm

6.30pm 7pm

80 Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye

9.30–11pm Late Night Salon 83

8pm 81 Night of the Nerds

6pm

75 Mick Turner and Peggy Frew: Living, Dreaming, Making

7.30pm

ALSO SHOWING

8pm

CITY RECITAL HALL

6.15pm: 77 Jeanette Winterson: The Gap of Time 8.15pm: 82 Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life

9pm

8.30pm 9pm

FRIDAY MAY 20 ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE

RICHARD WHERRETT STUDIO

WHARF THEATRE 2

9am

THE THEATRE BAR AT THE END OF THE WHARF

PIER 4/5 THE WATERFRONT

PHILHARMONIA STUDIO

PIER 2/3 MAIN STAGE

PIER 2/3 CLUB STAGE

PIER 2/3 THE LOFT

SYDNEY DANCE 1

SYDNEY DANCE 2

9am

84 Coffee and Papers with The SMH, Xu Zhiyuan and Satyajit Das

9.30am 10am

91 William Boyd & 90 Damon Young: Julian Barnes: History The Art of Reading and Fiction 10.30am

95 John Cantwell: Leadership in Action

9.30am 89 'Difficult' Women

97 New Australian Voices

87 Ireland: Writers Talk Politics

86 Aleksandar Hemon: The Book of My Lives

11am 11.30am

104 Jonathan 103 Jami Attenberg: Franzen: My Reading Saint Mazie and the Life Jazz Age 12pm

107 The Shadow of 1975

96 ABC Morning: ABC RN's Books and Arts Daily and 702 ABC Radio's Conversations Live Broadcast

102 Drusilla Modjeska: 99 Stories Buildings 100 Yeonmi Park: The Friends, The Tell Escaping North Korea Lovers, The Books

12.30pm 1pm 1.30pm 117 Let Nature Be Your Teacher 2pm

116 Peace and Disquiet

120 Suad Amiry: Revisiting Home Palestinian Stories

115 The Writer Who 112 Dark Changed Me: Debra Enchantments: Adelaide on Emily An Hour of OldBront¨e Fashioned Storytelling

3pm 128 Inside The New 127 David Uren: Did 131 Leadership: Then Yorker the Chiko Roll Change and Now Australian History 3.30pm

126 Heart and Soul: Creating Characters that Matter

123 The New Australian Poetry

88 Napoleon: The Intrigues of an Emperor

92 Fixing the System

124 Migration: A World Without Borders?

122 Tales of Disaster and Outrageous Fortune

93 Sri Lanka: The Divided Island

139 Secrets and Survival

143 Starlee Kine: From This American Life to Mystery Show

138 World War II in Fiction

135 Crimes, True and 136 Friendship, Otherwise Hateship, Loveship

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144 David Gonski: I Gave A Gonski

125 Has Atheism Had its Day?

7pm 7.30pm 149 Magda Szubanski and George 8pm Megalogenis: Rated PG (Polish and Greek) 8.30pm 9pm

133 137 Rosalie Ham: 702 ABC Sydney The Dressmaker, A Drive with Richard Modern Classic Glover, featuring Thank God It’s Friday

PIER 2/3 THE HEMINGWAY BAR 148 Patrick White Playwrights' Award and Fellowship

6 – 8pm Book Launch: Speaking Out by Tara Moss 145

119 Rising Tension

130 Inside the World 129 The Reality of War: Reconciling of Publishing Two Worlds

141 Choosing Your Words

142 UTS 2016 Anthology Launch: Seeds and Skeletons

CUR121 James Arvanitakis: On Hope

9.30–11pm Late Night Salon 153

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3.30pm CUR132 Indira Naidoo: On Being Brown 4pm CUR134 Philip Dwyer: A 4.30pm History of Violence 5pm 5.30pm

CITY RECITAL HALL 150 Giant Dwarf Presents the Yarramadoon Public School Debate Night

10.30am

CUR111 Christopher Neff: 1.30pm The Shark 'Attack' Myth 2pm

ALSO SHOWING ALSO TONIGHT AT PIER 2/3 THE HEMINGWAY BAR

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4pm 4.30pm 140 Andrew Denton: Better Off Dead 5pm

CUR85 Susan Johnson: Nancy Sinatra's Boots

CUR98 Martin Flanagan: 11am On Listening 11.30am 101 Sessions with 105 Have We Reached 106 It's the Story That Susie: Roger Cohen Peak Internet? Binds Us CUR108 John Birmingham: 12pm The Future of Media and Publishing 12.30pm

109 Madness and Malevolence: History Through Fiction 113 Vivian Gornick: 114 How to Change 118 China: The Odd Woman and the World Writers Talk Politics New York City

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6.30pm: 147 William Boyd: The Many Lives of Amory Clay 8.30pm: 152 The End Of Europe? TOWN HALL

6.15pm: 146 Gloria Steinem: Life On The Road 8.15pm: 151 SWF GALA: The Book That Saved Me

6pm 6.30pm 7pm 7.30pm 8pm 8.30pm 9pm

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WHARF THEATRE 2

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THE THEATRE BAR AT THE END OF THE WHARF

PIER 4/5 THE WATERFRONT

PHILHARMONIA STUDIO

PIER 2/3 MAIN STAGE

PIER 2/3 CLUB STAGE

PIER 2/3 THE LOFT

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PIER 2/3 CURIOSITY STAGE 9am

154 Coffee and Papers with The SMH, Emma Sky and Peter Doherty

9.30am 10am

162 Why Women 161 Petina Gappah: 166 Russel Howcroft: Should Rule the World The Book of Memory When it's Right to be Wrong 10.30am

167 New Australian Voices

9.30am 160 Valeria Luiselli: The Story of My Teeth

156 A Room of One's Own

158 Amanda Keller: My Life and Other Palaver

157 The Beauty of Truth: Writing Science

159 Sofie Laguna: The Eye of the Sheep

163 Writing Live Subjects: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Biography

164 The Risky Business of Breaking News

CUR155 Matthew Condon: 10am How Criminal Pond Scum Changed My Life 10.30am

11am 11.30am 176 James Rebanks: A Shepherd's Life 12pm

175 Mark Tedeschi: 179 First Dog On The Kidnapped Moon Live

174 Nir Baram: Good People

170 Tegan Bennett Daylight: Six Bedrooms

172 Being Rosie Waterland

171 Surveillance: How Big is Big Brother?

CUR168 Paul Muldoon: On Seamus Heaney

173 Sessions with 177 Paul Murray: 178 Meet the SMH Susie: Richard Glover A Post-Crash Comedy Best Young Novelists

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1.30pm 189 Marlon James: A 188 Film to Fiction: 192 Children's Books Brief History of Seven What I Learned From by Design with Jon Killings Screenwriting Klassen 2pm

187 The Writer Who 183 The Tranformative 185 Extraordinary Changed Me: Don Powers of Art Lives Watson on Gabriel García Márquez

184 The Making of The Dressmaker

186 Kate Tempest: The Bricks that Built the Houses

191 Who's Been CUR182 Marc Fennell: Sleeping in My Bed?: Adventures in Walt Disney Love, Sex and Literature CUR193 Robert Manne: Who Created ISIS? 203 A Message and a Mic: The Best of Bankstown CUR205 Janna Levin: Poetry Slam What’s New in Cosmology

190 The Modern Flaneur

2.30pm 3pm

201 Stan Grant: 200 Xu Zhiyuan: 204 The Empty Pram: Talking To My Country Inside the Real China Stories the Stolen Generation 3.30pm

199 Susie Orbach: Fat is Still a Feminist Issue

195 A Life in Words

197 Elizabeth Harrower: A Celebration

196 The Listening 198 How To Die Well Hour: Podcasts You Can't Live Without

202 PEN Free Voices Lecture: Gillian Triggs

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213 America: 212 Adrian McKinty: Writers Talk Politics Rain Dogs

216 Julia Leigh: An Intimate Account of an IVF Journey

211 Nicolas Fargues: 207 A Murder in the 209 Jean-Christophe 208 The Best of the Love, Betrayal and Making Rufin: The Santiago Festival: Poetry and Life in France Pilgrimage Performance

210 The Big Read

214 Tim Flannery: 215 The Last Laugh Atmosphere of Hope

1.30pm 2pm 2.30pm 3pm 3.30pm 4pm

CUR206 T.L. Uglow: On 4.30pm Doubt – from Montaigne to Minchin 5pm

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220 My Family and Other Obstacles

6.30pm 7pm 7.30pm

223 People of Letters

9.30–11pm Late Night Salon 225

8pm 8.30pm 9pm

6.30pm

CITY RECITAL HALL

ALSO TONIGHT AT PIER 2/3 THE HEMINGWAY BAR

222 Austen's Women

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3pm: 194 Paula Hawkins: The Girl on the Train 5pm: 217 Yanis Varoufakis: And the Weak Suffer What They Must? 7pm: 221 Julian Barnes: The Noise of Time TOWN HALL

7pm 7.30pm 8pm 8.30pm

5.30pm: 218 Ferrante Fever: A Celebration of Elena Ferrante's Novels 8.30pm: 224 Jonathan Franzen: Purity

9pm

SUNDAY MAY 22 ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE

RICHARD WHERRETT STUDIO

WHARF THEATRE 2

9am

10.30am

PIER 4/5 THE WATERFRONT

PHILHARMONIA STUDIO

PIER 2/3 MAIN STAGE

PIER 2/3 CLUB STAGE

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SYDNEY DANCE 1

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231 Our Darkest Selves

DEPARTMENT OF STUFF AND NONSENSE CYA3 Frank Woodley's Kizmet!

ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ALL DAY YA CYA9 TeenCon 1: Cornucopia

234 Kerry O'Brien: Living With Keating

233 The Peculiar World of A´ lvaro Enrigue

235 Charlotte Wood: The Natural Way of Things

232 Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their 236 New Stories Australian Voices

228 The Getting of Wisdom

230 Julian Baggini: Free Will

229 Beyond eBooks: Books Written for Digital

11am 11.30am 244 Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales: Our Reading Year 12pm

243 Distorted Histories

245 The Legacy of Family

12.30pm 1pm 1.30pm 254 Sarah Ferguson: 253 The Writer Who The Killing Season Changed Me: Frank Uncut Moorhouse on 2pm George Eliot

255 Connection and Belonging: Indigenous Poetry and Performance

2.30pm 3pm 3.30pm

263 Bob Brown: On Optimism

262 Sacred Places

264 Satyajit Das: Generational Warfare

274 Paul Kelly: Seven Sonnets & A Song

273 Andrew Fowler: Dr Dark Memorial Lecture - Good News, Bad News

275 John Boyne: A History of Loneliness

4pm 4.30pm 5pm

PIER 2/3 CURIOSITY STAGE 9am

226 Coffee and Papers with The SMH, Marie Darrieussecq and Julia Leigh

9.30am 10am

THE THEATRE BAR AT THE END OF THE WHARF

242 Back to the Future: Women Writers Then and Now

238 Ye Xin: Educated Youth

240 Extremism: The Untold Story

239 PJ Vogt: Reply All

241 France: Writers Talk Politics

9.30am CUR227 Antonia Hayes: 10am A Universe of One’s Own 10.30am CUR237 Gail Jones: How Nabokov Enlivens Us

CYA4 Illustrator Battle Rounds

CYA10 Is This Just a CUR246 Andrew Hunter 12pm Fantasy? and Hal Crawford: The Facebook Times 12.30pm CYA5 Aaron Blabey: The Bad Guys and Pig the Pug 1pm CYA11 Tommy Wallach Live! 252 Writers of 248 Our Food History: 250 Georgia Blain: 249 Laid Bare: 251 Ann Goldstein: CUR247 Anna Broinowski: 1.30pm Influence In Black and White Between a Wolf and Life Stories Translating Primo Levi CYA6 The (Mostly) Kim Jong II and the Art a Dog and Elena Ferrante of Propaganda Totally Brilliant 2pm World of Tom Gates 2.30pm CYA19 Ten Things CUR256 David Dyer: I Hate About You Titanic and the 3pm 261 Jessica Rowe: Is 257 Mysterious Ways: 259 Herman Koch: 258 Seeking Asylum 260 The Politics of CYA7 Wordburger! This My Beautiful Life? Poetry and Publishing Psychology and Food, Disease and 3.30pm Deceit Wellness CUR266 Lucinda CYA13 TeenCon 2: Holdforth: On the Aaron Sorkin Effect Erilea 4pm CYA8 Bajo & Hex: Pixel Raiders 4.30pm CUR267 Michael 268 Eccentrics, 270 Anna Funder: 269 Why Women's 271 Ladies Online 272 Luc Sante: Robotham: The Outcasts, Criminals Oddballs and Misfits Coming Home Voices Matter to Men Psychology of Obsession 5pm and Bohemian Paris

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5.30pm 276 2016 Closing Address Hanya Yanagihara: The Conversations Between Words 277 Austen's Women

ALSO IN THE CHILDREN'S AND YA PRECINCT

6pm

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7pm

MINISTRY OF NOISE

Sydney Dance 1 Viewing Lounge BUREAU OF ARTISTICS

Bangarra Studio Theatre RUSS THE STORY BUS

6.30pm

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our deepest desires in her courageous new memoir, Avalanche, a revelatory look inside the world of IVF. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

the world’s injustices, and the powerful influence of nature as a symbol of innocence and freedom. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

217 YANIS VAROUFAKIS: AND WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? May 21, 5–6pm City Recital Hall Angel Place SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 11 218 FERRANTE FEVER: A CELEBRATION OF ELENA FERRANTE’S NOVELS May 21, 5.30–6.30pm Sydney Town Hall SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 219 AVANT GAGA May 21, 5.30–7pm Sydney Dance Lounge Experience the latest in avant-garde Australian poetry, featuring joanne burns, Peter Minter, Kate Fagan, Lionel Fogarty, Kent MacCarter, Pam Brown, Astrid Lorange, a.j. carruthers, Amanda Stewart, Elena Gomez, and hosted by Toby Fitch. Free, no bookings 220 MY FAMILY AND OTHER OBSTACLES May 21, 6–7pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage SEE NIGHTS AT THE WHARF, Page 15 221 JULIAN BARNES: THE NOISE OF TIME May 21, 7–8pm City Recital Hall Angel Place SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 14 222 AUSTEN’S WOMEN May 21, 7–8.10pm, Wharf 2 Theatre SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 6 223 PEOPLE OF LETTERS May 21, 7.30–9pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage SEE NIGHTS AT THE WHARF, Page 15 224 JONATHAN FRANZEN: PURITY May 21, 8.30–9.30pm Sydney Town Hall SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 225 LATE NIGHT SALON May 21, 9.30–11pm Pier 2/3 Hemingway Bar SEE NIGHTS AT THE WHARF, Page 15

229 BEYOND eBOOKS: BOOKS WRITTEN FOR DIGITAL May 22, 10–11am, Pier 2/3 Club Stage How can digital books change dynamically on your phone yet preserve their essential bookishness? Britt Iverson and Anna Gerber talk to Google Creative Lab director T.L. Uglow about Editions at Play, their collaborative digital literary experiment. Free, no bookings

221 Julian Barnes

Festival Highlight 221 JULIAN BARNES: THE NOISE OF TIME May 21, 7–8pm City Recital Hall Angel Place A rare opportunity to hear directly from Julian Barnes about The Noise of Time, his first novel since winning the Man Booker Prize. Julian also speaks about his recent collection of art essays. With Caroline Baum. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 or 8256 2222 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf or cityrecitalhall.com CUR 227 A UNIVERSE OF ONE’S OWN: ANTONIA HAYES May 22, 10–10.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17

228 THE GETTING OF WISDOM May 22, 10–11am Philharmonia Studio Tony Birch and Inga Simpson talk to Joy Lawn about coming of age, waking up to

230 JULIAN BAGGINI: FREE WILL May 22, 10–11am, Pier 2/3 Main Stage Are we free agents or just programmed to follow some cosmic blueprint? British philosopher Julian Baggini gives a talk exploring the fascinating concept of free will, then speaks with ABC RN’s Joe Gelonesi. Supported by the University of Sydney. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 231 OUR DARKEST SELVES May 22, 10–11am, Pier 2/3 The Loft What makes us so fatally attracted to wickedness? Herman Koch, Paula Hawkins and Mark Tedeschi AM QC have chartered the depths of human depravity. They reveal their findings with Matthew Condon. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

Thinking Globally

Festival Highlight

Take a fresh look at some of the most pressing issues facing the world today in this thought-provoking series. We unearth our shared cultural and political preoccupations with writers who know the terrain intimately.

152 THE END OF EUROPE? May 20, 8.30–9.45pm City Recital Hall Angel Place Is Europe buckling under the pressure? Economist and former finance minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis joins historian Peter Frankopan, NYT columnist Roger Cohen and journalist Emma Alberici to discuss Europe’s troubled future, with Eleanor Hall. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 or 8256 2222 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf or cityrecitalhall.com

Thinking Globally is supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

SUNDAY, MAY 22

226 COFFEE AND PAPERS WITH THE SMH, MARIE DARRIEUSSECQ AND JULIA LEIGH May 22, 9–10am, The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf Join Sydney Morning Herald editor Judith Whelan, SMH journalists and special guests Marie Darrieussecq and Julia Leigh to hear their take on what’s making headlines today and the changing nature of journalism. Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald. Free, no bookings

124 MIGRATION: A WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS? May 20, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 Main Stage Is migration a fundamental human right? Writer Aleksandar Hemon, specialist in Middle Eastern politics Emma Sky, and co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières, Jean-Christophe Rufin, join Linda Bartolomei to discuss our freedom to wander. Programmed in partnership with Cheltenham Literature Festival. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988, roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

171 SURVEILLANCE: HOW BIG IS BIG BROTHER? May 21, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage Listen in on a deeply subversive conversation as Frank Moorhouse, Chinese intellectual Xu Zhiyuan and journalist Andrew Fowler talk to philosopher Julian Baggini about the lengths governments will go to in the name of national security. Programmed in partnership with Cheltenham Literature Festival. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

240 EXTREMISM: THE UNTOLD HISTORY May 22, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage What makes an extremist movement take root? Join Emma Sky, Peter Frankopan and Samanth Subramanian, whose collective inside knowledge ranges from the ancient world to modern-day Sri Lanka, Iraq and Syria. With Anthony Billingsley. Programmed in partnership with Cheltenham Literature Festival. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

232 WALKING TOWARDS OURSELVES: INDIAN WOMEN TELL THEIR STORIES May 22, 10–11am Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Ira Trivedi and Deepti Kapoor speak to Catriona Mitchell about how they navigate the frictions between female autonomy and the cultural traditions that have governed the lives of Indian women for centuries. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 233 THE PECULIAR WORLD OF ÁLVARO ENRIGUE May 22, 10–11am Richard Wherrett Studio Colourful characters across history engage in a battle of ideas – and tennis – in Álvaro Enrigue’s novel Sudden Death. Join ABC RN’s Kate Evans to talk art, history and colonialism with this acclaimed writer. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 234 KERRY O’BRIEN: LIVING WITH KEATING May 22, 10–11am Roslyn Packer Theatre Veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien talks to ABC RN’s Ellen Fanning about his revealing book of conversations with Paul Keating, which falls somewhere between biography and autobiography, and may become the definitive work about one of Australia’s most formidable leaders. Supported by BDO. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 235 CHARLOTTE WOOD: THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS May 22, 10–11am, Wharf 2 Theatre Author Charlotte Wood talks to Lucinda Holdforth about creativity, misogyny and going to the darkest places of the mind for her brilliant new novel, The Natural Way of Things. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 236 NEW AUSTRALIAN VOICES May 22, 10.30–11.30am, The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf Discover Australia’s best emerging writers as they read from and discuss their work. Featuring Vogel winner Murray Middleton, true crime author Alecia Simmonds and memoirist Elspeth Muir. In conversation with Lex Hirst. Free, no bookings CUR 237 GAIL JONES: SPIRAL TIME, BISCUIT TINS, BUTTERFLIES: HOW NABOKOV ENLIVENS US May 22, 11–11.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 238 YE XIN: EDUCATED YOUTH May 22, 11.30am–12.30pm Philharmonia Studio Ye Xin’s novel Educated Youth explores the consequences of the Chinese government’s 1960s policy of sending city graduates to the countryside. Join Ye Xin and translator, Jing Han, to unravel this previously untold story, with Linda Jaivin. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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Nights at the Wharf After sundown the Festival gets a little bibliofriendly. From the outrageously educational Night of the Nerds to an interview with the inimitable Magda Szubanski and hilarious performances, poetry and discussions on the Club Stage, evenings are the time to let your hair down and get some literary healing. And be sure to join us for the adults-only Late Night Salon in The Hemingway Bar for uninhibited conversations with our most intrepid Festival guests.

THURSDAY MAY 19 75 MICK TURNER AND PEGGY FREW: LIVING, DREAMING, MAKING May 19, 6–7pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage Writer and musician Peggy Frew, and Mick Turner from the Dirty Three play songs and chat candidly to Anwen Crawford about the intersections of music, writing, art and intimacy in their uniquely creative household. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 80 SARAH KAY AND PHIL KAYE May 19, 7.30–9pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage Mixing metaphor and imagery with powerful political insight, Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye will blow you away. See two of spoken word’s most significant voices in their only full-length Festival show. Hosted by Phil Wilcox. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 81 NIGHT OF THE NERDS May 19, 8–9.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre The night of nights for nerds is back, more outrageously educational than ever. Host Adam Spencer juggles ideas with Nobel-winning scientist Peter

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SATURDAY MAY 21 220 MY FAMILY AND OTHER OBSTACLES May 21, 6–7pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage Everyone’s family is crazy, but Adrian Simon, Rosie Waterland and Tim Elliott’s families were off the charts. They discuss growing up with some pretty insane experiences and learning to laugh about them, with fellow memoirist 702 ABC Sydney's Richard Glover. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

Doherty, linguistic mastermind David Astle, YouTube star Natalie Tran and podcaster PJ Vogt. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 83 LATE NIGHT SALON May 19, 9.30–11pm Pier 2/3 Hemingway Bar The Chaser’s Chris Taylor gets up close and personal with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, futurist and robot expert Richard Watson and podcaster extraordinaire Starlee Kine. Free, no bookings

FRIDAY MAY 20 149 MAGDA SZUBANSKI AND GEORGE MEGALOGENIS: RATED PG (POLISH AND GREEK) May 20, 7.30–8.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Following the success of her recently released memoir, Reckoning, Magda Szubanski swaps notes with George Megalogenis on how the dorky children of European migrants redefined Australian culture. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

153 LATE NIGHT SALON May 20, 9.30–11pm Pier 2/3 Hemingway Bar The Chaser’s Chris Taylor gets up close and personal with iconic Sydney artist Ken Done, Australia’s most candid gold medallist Leisel Jones and your friendly neighbourhood philosopher Julian Baggini. Free, no bookings

Festival Highlight 76 JANNA LEVIN: BLACK HOLE BLUES AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE (AKA THE RECENT DISCOVERY OF GRAVITATIONAL WAVES) May 19, 6–7pm Roslyn Packer Theatre In 1916, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves. In 2016 scientists announced that they had recorded the sound of the cosmos for the first time. Astrophysicist Janna Levin joins Adam Spencer to share the juicy details. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988, roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 150 GIANT DWARF PRESENTS THE YARRAMADOON PUBLIC SCHOOL DEBATE NIGHT May 20, 7.30–9pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage A class of your favourite comedians go back to (junior) school for a night of

semi- educational presentations and, most importantly, a fierce debate over the age-old conflict: cats versus dogs. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

223 PEOPLE OF LETTERS May 21, 7.30–9pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage Join Women of Letters as they stage a very rare, very co–ed People of Letters, where well–known Australians are paired off and invited to write ‘a letter to my other half’. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 225 LATE NIGHT SALON May 21, 9.30–11pm Pier 2/3 Hemingway Bar The Chaser’s Chris Taylor gets up close and personal with national treasure Magda Szubanski, Indian novelist and yoga instructor Ira Trivedi and musician turned politician turned memoirist Peter Garrett. Free, no bookings

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239 PJ VOGT: REPLY ALL May 22, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage PJ Vogt is co–host of Reply All, a hugely popular American podcast about the internet. PJ speaks to Julian Morrow about the weird and wonderful stories he’s uncovered, and life in audio. Free, no bookings 240 EXTREMISM: THE UNTOLD HISTORY May 22, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage SEE THINKING GLOBALLY, Page 14 241 FRANCE: WRITERS TALK POLITICS May 22, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft Join a lively discussion on the pressing social and political issues facing France. Hosted by ABC RN’s Geraldine Doogue with French writers Marie Darrieussecq, Nicolas Fargues and former diplomat JeanChristophe Rufin. Also with special guest French Ambassador Christophe Lecourtier. Supported by the Embassy of France in Australia and Institut Français. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 242 BACK TO THE FUTURE: WOMEN WRITERS THEN AND NOW May 22, 11.30am–12.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Ceridwen Dovey, Paddy O’Reilly and the 2016 Stella Prize winner discuss how their writing has been shaped by their gender, and the current state of women’s writing in Australia. With Delia Falconer. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 243 DISTORTED HISTORIES May 22, 11.30am–12.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio The winner takes all – including the history. Join Larissa Behrendt and Anna Clark with Michelle Arrow for a myth–exploding conversation that reveals how forgotten voices can change the way we understand our past and present. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 244 ANNABEL CRABB AND LEIGH SALES: OUR READING YEAR May 22, 11.30am–12.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb muse over the books that have delighted, surprised, inspired and frustrated them in the past year. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 245 THE LEGACY OF FAMILY May 22, 11.30am–12.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre Debbie Whitmont talks to New York Times columnist Roger Cohen (The Girl From Human Street) and Tim Elliott (Farewell to the Father) about their moving memoirs, families, identity and mental illness. Supported by the New Israel Fund Australia Foundation. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

CUR 246 ANDREW HUNTER AND HAL CRAWFORD: THE FACEBOOK TIMES May 22, 12–12.40pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17

CUR 247 ANNA BROINOWSKI: KIM JONG IL AND THE ART OF PROPAGANDA May 22, 1.30–2.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 248 OUR FOOD HISTORY: IN BLACK AND WHITE May 22, 1.30–2.30pm Philharmonia Studio Join John Newton and Jacqui Newling as they kickstart a food revolution, digging into the recipe books of colonial and Indigenous cooks, and redefining our understanding of Australian food and truly local produce. With 702 ABC Sydney’s Simon Marnie. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

SATURDAY MAY 22 ABC RN’s Dr Norman Swan, and argue for an open and fair food system that allows people to make informed choices. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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261 JESSICA ROWE: IS THIS MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE? May 22, 3–4pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Beneath the shiny surface was a life that was unravelling – Jessica Rowe talks to Meredith Jaffé about her funny and brutally honest memoir, which reveals her intimate struggles with career, fertility and post–natal depression. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

254 SARAH FERGUSON: THE KILLING SEASON UNCUT May 22, 1.30–2.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Sarah Ferguson’s ABC TV series The Killing Season captivated Australia with its account of Labor’s implosion during the Rudd–Gillard–Rudd years. She shares trade secrets about interviewing prime ministers with fellow journalist, George Megalogenis. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988, roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

262 SACRED PLACES May 22, 3–4pm Richard Wherrett Studio There’s something special about certain places. Australian authors Tony Birch (Ghost River) and Lucy Treloar (Salt Creek) discuss the profound influence of landscape on their novels with Ailsa Piper. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

249 LAID BARE: LIFE STORIES May 22, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage Discover the terror and liberation of being honest about yourself on the page in this conversation between writers who are the subjects of their own work. Catriona Menzies-Pike, Fiona Wright and Elspeth Muir speak to Annette Shun Wah. Free, no bookings

263 BOB BROWN: ON OPTIMISM May 22, 3–4pm Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT. Page 16

250 GEORGIA BLAIN: BETWEEN A WOLF AND A DOG May 22, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage One of Australia’s most versatile and beloved authors, Georgia Blain explores the big questions in her beautiful and provocative novel Between a Wolf and a Dog. In conversation with Charlotte Wood. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 251 ANN GOLDSTEIN: TRANSLATING PRIMO LEVI AND ELENA FERRANTE May 22, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft Elena Ferrante’s novels are enjoying international success. Their translator Ann Goldstein speaks about the nuanced art of translation and how to stay true to an author (especially an anonymous one) and their text. With ABC RN’s Sarah Kanowski. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 252 WRITERS OF INFLUENCE May 22, 1.30–2.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Writers Vivian Gornick, Valeria Luiselli and Drusilla Modjeska weave literary criticism and history through memoir and fiction, showing that from Petrarch to Gissing to Woolf, our forebears are with us in every word. With Louise Adler. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 253 THE WRITER WHO CHANGED ME: FRANK MOORHOUSE ON GEORGE ELIOT May 22, 1.30–2.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio According to Frank Moorhouse, the novel is the most creative and infinite form we have invented, and George Eliot is one of its unparalleled masters. Hear why Frank continues to be inspired by this groundbreaking 19th-century writer. With Elizabeth Johnstone. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

world – you can glimpse this in their spoken word and poetry. Presented by Elizabeth Wymarra with Maggie Walsh, Lionel Fogarty and more. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf CUR 256 DAVID DYER: TITANIC AND THE SUFFRAGETTES May 22, 2.30–3.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 257 MYSTERIOUS WAYS: POETRY AND PUBLISHING May 22, 3–4pm, Philharmonia Studio Poets work in mysterious ways. Join Kent MacCarter, Kate Lilley and Michelle Cahill as they read their poetry and discuss how it works (and how they work) with Ivor Indyk. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 258 SEEKING ASYLUM May 22, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage Can Australia maintain its harsh asylumseeker policies? This robust session looks at one of the most troubling challenges of our time. Join David Marr, Robert Manne, Madeline Gleeson and Eva Orner to discuss the issues. Free, no bookings 259 HERMAN KOCH: PSYCHOLOGY AND DECEIT May 22, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 Main Stage Dutch author Herman Koch’s savage satire The Dinner was a global sensation. Catch Koch with ABC RN’s Kate Evans discussing his work, including his latest novel, Summer House with Swimming Pool. Supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 260 THE POLITICS OF FOOD, DISEASE AND WELLNESS May 22, 3–4pm, Pier 2/3 The Loft Julian Baggini, Damon Gameau and Indira Naidoo sort food fact from fiction with

264 SATYAJIT DAS: GENERATIONAL WARFARE May 22, 3–4pm, Wharf 2 Theatre We’re living through a period of prosperity based on a culture of excess – where will it end? Economist Satyajit Das argues we are running out of resources, and it’s our children who will suffer. With John McDuling. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 265 ME, MYSELF AND ANNE May 22, 3–4.15pm Sydney Jewish Museum A number of well–known Australian authors read excerpts from The Diary of Anne Frank, a moving and poignant reminder of the brilliance of a young girl’s words. $15 Bookings 9360 7999 rsvp@sjm.com.au CUR 266 LUCINDA HOLDFORTH: ON THE AARON SORKIN EFFECT May 22, 3.30–4.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 CUR 267 MICHAEL ROBOTHAM: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF OBSESSION May 22, 4.30–5.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE CURIOSITY LECTURE SERIES, Page 17 268 ECCENTRICS, ODDBALLS AND MISFITS May 22, 4.30–5.30pm Philharmonia Studio Join authors Paddy O’Reilly, Mark Dapin and Fiona McFarlane for a chat with Sunil Badami about crafting idiosyncratic characters who don’t quite fit, and yet seem ready to step off the page. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

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254 SARAH FERGUSON: THE KILLING SEASON UNCUT May 22, 1.30–2.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5

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255 CONNECTION AND BELONGING: INDIGENOUS POETRY AND PERFORMANCE May 22, 1.30–2.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre Australia’s First Nation writers connect and belong to the oldest living culture in the

263 BOB BROWN: ON OPTIMISM May 22, 3-4pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Bob Brown’s memoir and new photographic book is proof that even politics can’t jade him or diminish his passion, activism or wit. He shares his love of Australia, nature and his belief in people power with ABC RN’s Ellen Fanning. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988, roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf

269 WHY WOMEN’S VOICES MATTER TO MEN May 22, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 Club Stage Moderated by screen director and producer Samantha Lang, this panel comprises US academic Dr Michael Kimmel, playwright Nakkiah Lui and screenwriter Tom Holloway, as they discuss recent films and TV miniseries that put female voices in the spotlight. Supported by the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Free, no bookings 270 ANNA FUNDER: COMING HOME May 22, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 Main Stage SEE GUEST CURATORS, Page 5 271 LADIES ONLINE May 22, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 2/3 The Loft Join writers and online stars Tara Moss, Natalie Tran and Rosie Waterland for a juicy discussion with Emma Jane about the perils and privileges, the highs and lows of internet fame. Supported by Macleay College. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 272 LUC SANTE: OUTCASTS, CRIMINALS AND BOHEMIAN PARIS May 22, 4.30–5.30pm Pier 4/5 The Waterfront Paris, the City of Light, is also the city of the outcast, the criminal, the eccentric, the wilfully non–conforming. Luc Sante gives us a panoramic view of the flipside of Paris. With Caroline Baum. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 273 ANDREW FOWLER: DR DARK MEMORIAL LECTURE – GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS May 22, 4.30–5.30pm Richard Wherrett Studio Andrew Fowler (The War on Journalism) interrogates the current state of the press, the rise of ‘thin journalism’ and its implications for a democratic society. With Quentin Dempster. $15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 274 PAUL KELLY: SEVEN SONNETS & A SONG May 22, 4.30–5.30pm Roslyn Packer Theatre Shakespeare has had a deep influence on Paul Kelly’s work and now finds form in his stunning new album, Seven Sonnets & A Song. Paul speaks with Bell Shakespeare Intersticia Fellow Kate Mulvany. Supported by the British Council. $30/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 275 JOHN BOYNE: A HISTORY OF LONELINESS May 22, 4.30–5.30pm Wharf 2 Theatre John Boyne is one of Ireland’s finest contemporary writers. He speaks with Chris Bowen about his novel A History of Loneliness, which takes savage aim at the Irish Catholic Church, and his moving collection of short stories, Beneath the Earth. Supported by Culture Ireland by arrangement with Poetry Ireland. $20/$15 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 276 2016 CLOSING ADDRESS HANYA YANAGIHARA: THE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN WORDS May 22, 6–6.50pm Roslyn Packer Theatre As a writer, is there a limit to what you can expect from your reader? The author of one of the most–talked–about and provocative books of the year, A Little Life, asks whether an author owes her reader anything more than a compelling story. Premium $45, A Reserve $35/$25 Bookings 9250 1988 roslynpackertheatre.com.au/swf 277 AUSTEN’S WOMEN May 22, 7–8.10pm, Wharf 2 Theatre SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 6


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of many aphorisms, but what would life without doubt look like?

Perfect for hungry minds and open hearts, The Curiosity Lecture Series is back and bigger than ever in 2016, running all day from Thursday to Sunday on the Curiosity Stage. The Curiosity Lecture Series is supported by the University of Sydney. Hosted by Sahar Amer, Sunil Badami, Peter Chen, Dalia Nassar, Aaron Nyerges, Juanita Ruys and Glenda Sluga. All events are free, no bookings.

CUR 227 ANTONIA HAYES: A UNIVERSE OF ONE’S OWN May 22, 10–10.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage While much has changed for women writers over the last century, the scales are still unbalanced. Antonia Hayes tells us why she is full of hope that we can dare to disturb the universe before Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own turns 100. Free, no bookings

CUR 14 TIM GRIFFITHS: FRANK HURLEY, SHACKLETON AND THE END OF THE HEROIC AGE May 19, 10–10.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage One hundred years ago, Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed by Antarctic ice. Tim Griffiths tells the story of Frank Hurley’s role in one of the most dramatic rescues in history.

CUR 26 JEAN-FRANÇOIS VERNAY: A FRENCH VIEW ON AUSTRALIAN NOVELS May 19, 11–11.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Can an outsider have a clearer view of Australian literature than a local? French literary critic and author Jean–François Vernay asks whether it’s ever possible to objectively view Australian novels from an insider’s perspective. CUR 38 CATRIONA MENZIES-PIKE: WHY I’VE LOST EVERY MARATHON I’VE EVER RUN May 19, 12–12.40pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Was every marathon runner born a keen and gifted athlete? Hardly. Catriona Menzies-Pike reflects on being a clumsy runner, performance anxiety and the pleasures of running slowly.

CUR 108 JOHN BIRMINGHAM: DEATH SPIRAL – THE FUTURE OF MEDIA AND PUBLISHING May 20, 12–12.40pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage John Birmingham, bestselling author of He Died With a Falafel in His Hand, surveys the dire state of media and publishing, projects forward to their grim futures, and finds a ray of hope in emerging alternatives. CUR 111 CHRISTOPHER NEFF: THE SHARK ‘ATTACK’ MYTH May 20, 1.30–2.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage It seems we are transfixed by a perceived threat of sharks on our shores, but we are more likely to be struck by lightning than taken by one. Dr Christopher Neff sheds light on an ever–emotive aspect of public policy. CUR 121 JAMES ARVANITAKIS: ON HOPE May 20, 2.30–3.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage How can we respond to the sense of despair that follows acts of terrorism or the displacement of millions? James Arvanitakis

CUR 40 ANTHONY BOND: THE AWFUL TRUTH ABOUT CURATING May 19, 1.30–2.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Join former Art Gallery of NSW curatorial director Anthony Bond as he tries to make sense of all the stuff out there loosely described as art. CUR 52 MICHAEL SEXTON SC: ON THE EDGES OF HISTORY May 19, 2.30–3.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Michael Sexton SC has witnessed and recorded some of the great post–war dramas, from the Vietnam War to the Dismissal. He writes about these experiences in his memoir and explains why it’s so important to preserve history. CUR 63 BETH YAHP: ON EATING DIM SUM May 19, 3.30–4.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Known as ‘dim sum’ (‘point’ and ‘heart’ in Cantonese), the stories behind yum cha range from a Chinese general’s gratitude to a warning for chefs. For Beth Yahp, it’s mouthfuls of memory in bite sizes. CUR 64 FRANK BONGIORNO: WHY WE CAN’T GET OVER THE EIGHTIES May 19, 4.30–5.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage From TV miniseries to FM radio, the 1980s seem to be everywhere these days. So just how did the decade of big hair and synthesised pop become so hot again in Australia?

CUR 85 SUSAN JOHNSON: NANCY SINATRA’S BOOTS May 20, 10–10.40am, Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Can a pop song set a template for a lifetime of walking away? Susan Johnson explores how being an eight–year–old girl listening to Nancy Sinatra might have contributed to everything that followed. CUR 98 MARTIN FLANAGAN: ON LISTENING May 20, 11–11.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage If you’re quiet enough, quiet as a tree, people will camp beneath your branches and tell you stories. Martin Flanagan shares how listening has been an essential part of his life.

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Festival Highlight CUR 168 PAUL MULDOON: ON SEAMUS HEANEY May 21, 11–11.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Paul Muldoon has described Seamus Heaney as a man who had a singular ability to make us feel connected to one another. Paul reads his favourite Heaney poems and speaks about what makes his work so special.

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Festival Highlight CUR 132 INDIRA NAIDOO: ON BEING BROWN May 20, 3.30–4.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage In a country with one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world, why is having a tan still so socially desirable? Indira Naidoo asks what our obsession with brown skin says about us, and shares her experiences growing up in Australia. argues that a way forward is through acts of kindness and by embracing an active hope that emerges through our actions. CUR 132 INDIRA NAIDOO: ON BEING BROWN May 20, 3.30–4.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 17 CUR 134 PHILIP DWYER: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE May 20, 4.30–5.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage How can an act of violence be considered intolerable in one part of the world and acceptable in another? Philip Dwyer reflects on the difficulties of writing a history of violence. CUR 155 MATTHEW CONDON: HOW MURDERERS AND CRIMINAL POND SCUM CHANGED MY LIFE May 21, 10–10.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage True crime writer and journalist Matthew Condon reflects on the chance meeting with corrupt former Queensland police commissioner Terry Lewis that led him down the dark rabbit hole of his state’s criminal underbelly.

CUR 168 PAUL MULDOON: ON SEAMUS HEANEY May 21, 11–11.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 17 CUR 180 MEGAN MACKENZIE: DO WOMEN BELONG ON THE FRONTLINE? May 21, 12–12.40pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Do women belong on the frontlines of war or do they drag male soldiers down and distract them from their jobs? Megan MacKenzie explores the myths about female soldiers and the band of brothers. CUR 182 MARC FENNELL: WHY PINOCCHIO WAS A SOCIOPATH AND ADVENTURES IN WALT DISNEY May 21, 1.30–2.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Marc Fennell, Triple J and SBS’s movie guru, takes you on a twisted journey through the history of the House of Mouse to learn things you never knew (and maybe never wanted to know) about Disney.

CUR 193 ROBERT MANNE: WHO CREATED ISIS? THE ROLES OF GEORGE W. BUSH AND AL ZARQAWI May 21, 2.30-3.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Robert Manne explores how the George W. Bush–led invasion of Iraq and the ruthless political genius of Abu Musab al Zarqawi combined to give birth to the unimaginably cruel and ideologically fanatical Islamic State. CUR 205 JANNA LEVIN: WHAT’S NEW IN COSMOLOGY May 21, 3.30–4.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage What goes on in black holes? How much do we know about the space–time continuum? And what does the new gravitational wave discovery mean? Astrophysicist and writer Janna Levin seeks to answer the big questions. CUR 206 T.L. UGLOW: ON DOUBT – FROM MONTAIGNE TO MINCHIN May 21, 4.30–5.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage T.L. Uglow looks at how writers across the ages have tackled indecision and uncertainty. Doubt is the indubitable baddie

CUR 237 GAIL JONES: SPIRAL TIME, BISCUIT TINS, BUTTERFLIES: HOW NABAKOV ENLIVENS US May 22, 11–11.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 17 CUR 246 ANDREW HUNTER AND HAL CRAWFORD: THE FACEBOOK TIMES May 22, 12–12.40pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage What makes online news shareable? To answer this, Andrew Hunter and Hal Crawford created software that tracked the sharing of millions of news stories across the globe. They reveal their surprising findings. CUR 247 ANNA BROINOWSKI: KIM JONG IL AND THE ART OF PROPAGANDA May 22, 1.30–2.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Join filmmaker Anna Broinowski for an immersive and revealing journey inside the North Korean film industry, one of the most secretive and powerful propaganda machines on the planet. CUR 256 DAVID DYER: TITANIC AND THE SUFFRAGETTES May 22, 2.30–3.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Novelist David Dyer explores the implications of the Titanic for suffragettes. Should women who wanted the vote have gotten into lifeboats ahead of men? CUR 266 LUCINDA HOLDFORTH: ON THE AARON SORKIN EFFECT May 22, 3.30–4.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Lucinda Holdforth gives a funny, insightful and original take on Aaron Sorkin’s work, the speechwriter’s craft and the power of writing to change the world. CUR 267 MICHAEL ROBOTHAM: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF OBSESSION May 22, 4.30–5.10pm Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage Writers are known to be obsessive people. Jonathan Swift didn’t talk to anyone for a year and Voltaire got rid of boring guests by pretending to faint. Award–winning crime writer Michael Robotham talks about the psychology of obsession.

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Festival Highlight CUR 237 GAIL JONES: SPIRAL TIME, BISCUIT TINS, BUTTERFLIES: HOW NABOKOV ENLIVENS US May 22, 11–11.40am Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage This talk examines Vladimir Nabokov’s idiosyncratic ideas: his philosophy of time, delight in objects and obsession with butterflies. Art is for life’s sake; it ought to enliven us.


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Workshops Whether you’re percolating an idea or have a manuscript in search of a publisher, there’s an SWF workshop to help you through. Our expert writers teach practical skills as well as the secrets to creativity. This year, alongside our regular workshops, we have a selection of exclusive masterclasses. Workshops run from Saturday May 14 to Sunday May 22. With thanks to NYU, Sydney. Bookings 9256 4200, swf.org.au, unless otherwise stated.

W1 FIONA WRIGHT: Writing from Life May 14, 9.30am–12.30pm Science House Poet, essayist and editor Fiona Wright explores ways in which you can craft compelling writing, in any form, from raw experience. Find and build captivating narrative from the anecdotes and detail of everyday life. $100/$80 W2 CAT WEATHERILL: How to Make People Listen to You May 14, 10am–4.30pm Science House Want to be compelling in front of any audience? One of Europe’s leading performance storytellers for adults reveals the tricks of the trade, from interviews to performing on stage. $185/$160 W3 CLAIRE SCOBIE: Creating a Believable Story World May 14, 10am–4.30pm Science House Setting is more than just the landscape of your story. Claire Scobie reveals everything you need to make a world so real it exists long after your reader has put down the book. $185/$160 W4 SULARI GENTILL: Genre Blending May 14, 10am–4.30pm Science House This workshop will look at the processes, approaches and inspirations involved in effectively blending genres to produce a hybrid species that doesn’t read like an experiment gone wrong. $185/$160 W5 DAVID DYER: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction May 14, 1.30–4.30pm Science House Novelist David Dyer encourages participants to explore the principles and pitfalls of writing historical fiction. What should you leave in and leave out? What duty do novelists owe to the truth? $100/$80 W6 CANDICE FOX: Sleuths, Science, Serial Killers – the Craft of Crime Writing May 15, 1.30–4.30pm Science House Examine the forensic science behind crime scenes, the psychology behind killers and

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the secrets behind plotting fast-paced, compelling crime fiction. Candice Fox shares tips for the aspiring crime writer. $100/$80 W7 JANE MESSER: Ways into Writing Creatively May 15, 1.30–4.30pm Science House This workshop is ideal for kickstarting a new work or reviving an existing piece. Novelist and creative writing teacher Jane Messer unpacks the rule that you should write what you know and shares key writing strategies and exercises. $100/$80 W8 BIANCA NOGRADY: How to Be a Successful Freelancer May 15, 1.30-4.30pm Science House Led by experienced journalist and broadcaster Bianca Nogrady, this practical workshop teaches you everything you need to know about how to build a freelance writing business that is flexible and fruitful. $100/$80 W9 MASTERCLASS WITH JAMI ATTENBERG: Setting the Stakes, Hooking the Reader May 18, 6–7.30pm Science House Setting the stakes can hook your reader (or an agent or editor) immediately. So what does it take to get a reader instantly invested in your story? American novelist Jami Attenberg reveals all in this special masterclass. $60/$55 W10 KATHRYN HEYMAN: Diving In – Discovering Your Story May 19, 10am–4.30pm Science House This inspiring class, led by acclaimed novelist Kathryn Heyman, will help you dive into your novel, discover your characters and understand the structure you need to stop procrastinating and write on with joy. $185/$160 W11 DOROTHEA SMARTT: Stories of Life, Stories of Death May 19, 10am–4.30pm Science House In this day-long workshop, London-born poet Dorothea Smartt takes apart the big themes of life and death and helps participants craft their own stories through poetic prose and poetry. $185/$160

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Australia. It brings together writers, publishers and industry representatives to discuss prospects for authors in 2016. Presented with the NSW Writers’ Centre. $80/$55 Bookings 9555 9757 nswwc.org.au/whats-on

W15 SOFIE LAGUNA: Creating Compelling Characters May 20, 10am–4.30pm Science House Sofie Laguna, winner of the Miles Franklin Award, teaches you to consider characters in unexpected ways and deepen your understanding of their stories. Learn why the answers to the challenges of plot, tone, structure and style often lie in character. $185/$160

W18 DAMON YOUNG: Everyday Philosophy May 20, 1.30–4.30pm Science House What is philosophy? And how can we exercise it in everyday life? Join noted public intellectual and author Damon Young for a hands-on philosophy workshop, with lively readings, discussion and writing exercises. $100/$80

W12 KATE FORSYTH: Diagnosing Your Story’s Problems May 19, 1.30–4.30pm, Science House Sometimes we are so close to our stories it's hard to see what’s working and what’s not. Bestselling author Kate Forsyth teaches you the most common writing problems and how to fix them. $100/$80 W13 ALECIA SIMMONDS: Creative Non-fiction May 19, 1.30–4.30pm Science House Whether you’re writing an essay, feature, memoir or book, this course will help animate your non-fiction through storytelling principles such as plot, scenesetting, point of view and voice. $100/$80 W14 INGA SIMPSON: Crafting Beautiful Sentences May 20, 9.30am–12.30pm Science House Inga Simpson’s range of practical exercises and examples will teach you how to wield commas and semicolons, write descriptions that climb off the page and create more beautiful sentences. $100/$80 W15 SOFIE LAGUNA: Creating Compelling Characters May 20, 10am–4.30pm Science House SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, P18 W16 JACQUELINE HARVEY: So You Want to Be a Children’s Author? May 20, 10am–4.30pm Science House This is a workshop for adults who are keen to write for children. Bestselling author Jacqueline Harvey takes participants through the writing process, sharing her experiences and knowledge of the industry. $185/$160 W17 FOREST FOR THE TREES: WRITERS AND PUBLISHING IN 2016 May 20, 10am–4.30pm, State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium Forest for the Trees is a one-day seminar looking at the state of publishing in

W19 MASTERCLASS WITH JOHN BIRMINGHAM: How to Self-Publish Without Embarrassing Yourself May 20, 6–7.30pm Science House Bestselling author John Birmingham gives a short, practical masterclass that will help participants navigate a smooth, successful route towards being a self-published author. $60/$55 W20 LEAH KAMINSKY: Writing the Body May 21, 9.30am–12.30pm Science House Anatole Broyard wrote that stories are antibodies against illness and pain. Doctor and author Leah Kaminsky helps writers draw on experiences of illness and health as gateways to narrative, and as a means of expressing both their courage and fear. $100/$80 W21 ANTONIA PESENTI AND HILARY BELL: Creating a Unique Children’s Book May 21, 9.30am–12.30pm Science House The creators of bestsellers Alphabetical Sydney and Numerical Street discuss friendship and collaboration; finding beauty in the everyday and translating it into books that both adults and children love. $100/$80 W22 MASTERCLASS WITH SARAH KAY AND PHIL KAYE: The Spoken Word Crash Course May 21, 10am–12pm Science House In this intimate and hands-on masterclass, international spoken word stars Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye equip you with the tools you need to begin writing and performing your own work. $60/$55 W23 ALEXANDRA NAHLOUS: The Write Edit May 21, 10am–4.30pm Science House Experienced book editor Alexandra Nahlous provides you with the tools you need to polish a first (or second or third) draft of your work so it can reach its potential. $185/$160

W24 ANNA SMAILL: Dystopian Fiction – the Beginning of the End May 21, 1.30–4.30pm Science House Explore the craft behind the first few pages of the dystopian novel. Award-winning author Anna Smaill unpacks how voice, landscape and plot are established in some classic dystopian openings, and helps you focus on your own. $100/$80 W25 TONY BIRCH: The Work of Fiction May 21, 1.30–4.30pm, Science House This workshop focuses on the business of writing fiction, both long and short. Acclaimed author Tony Birch covers a range of skills and craft practice, including sketching character, place, landscape and plot. $100/$80 W26 ELEANOR LIMPRECHT: Research and Writing – The Truth is in the Detail May 22, 9.30am–12.30pm Science House Novelist Eleanor Limprecht demonstrates how research can help you discover the detail to improve your fiction or non-fiction project and reveals the best research tools for a writer. $100/$80 W27 TONI JORDAN: Plotting May 22, 10am–4.30pm Science House A good plot interconnects with theme and character development. If you’ve ever struggled with what happens next in your work-in-progress, this practical workshop will have your characters twisting and turning. $185/$160 W28 TONY CAVANAUGH: Peeling the Onion Screenwriting Workshop May 22, 10am–4.30pm Science House A thorough examination of the scriptwriting process with bestselling author and screenwriter Tony Cavanaugh, exploring the many interlinking layers that combine to make a screenplay work. $185/$160 W29 MASTERCLASS WITH WILLIAM BOYD: Adapting Novels for the Screen May 22, 10.30am–12pm Science House Award-winning British writer William Boyd looks at the complex processes involved in adapting novels for the screen — the pitfalls, pleasures, problems, parameters and the impossibilities. Hosted by Ross Grayson Bell. $60/$55 W30 JOSHUA YELDHAM: Creativity and the Senses May 22, 1.30–4.30pm, Science House Artist and author Joshua Yeldham explores the value of subtle sensory awareness and the importance of journeying to the corners of the mind where creative navigation hums. $100/$80

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SUNDAY MAY 22

Glowtopia Welcome to Glowtopia, where kids and teens reign supreme. Situated along the entire length of Pier 4/5, Glowtopia’s distinctive glittering landscape is home to more bestselling children’s authors and illustrators than you can count on many hands. This star-studded population is very friendly, although visitors to Glowtopia are warned to beware of spontaneous outbreaks of storytelling, live drawing and excessive entertaining by Glowtopia’s citizens. There are four unique regions within Glowtopia, all offering their own brand of mischief and mayhem. The Ministry of Noise caters to visitors of all ages, who often find themselves unable to resist toe-tapping, or even shimmying, to the Ministry’s continuous flow of disco beats and musical storytelling. The Department of Stuff and Nonsense tends to attract the 7+ crowd, who can’t get enough of seeing their favourite authors doing ridiculously entertaining things. The Bureau of Artistics, found

on the southernmost tip o Glowtopia, is popular of w anyone of any age with w who enjoys craft, bookish activities, bookish film clips, live storytelling, crafty workshops and made-up nonsense. The Royal Institute of All Day YA is open to all, but most commonly draws an older and more sophisticated crowd, many of whom have a voracious appetite for YA books of all genres and their superstar authors. Overseeing the entire glowing metropolis is mascot and much-loved mobile book exchange, Russ the Story Bus. Look out for roving kid reporters from Crinkling News. If they stop and ask you about your favourite authors and Festival highlights, you might just end up in the news! And don’t forget to have your photo taken with one of your favourite book characters. Grug will be strolling the Glowtopia boardwalk, along with Maisy, Where’s Wally? and Geronimo Stilton.

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PIER 4/5 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ALL DAY YA (SYDNEY DANCE 2) Hosted by Will Kostakis.

Festival Highlight CYA3 FRANK WOODLEY'S KIZMET! May 22, 10–10.45am An hour with Frank Woodley is never predictable! Come along for the ride as Frank reads and performs from his hit series, Kizmet, shows off his illustrating prowess and does a bit of comedy business.

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CYA1 KINDERLING KIDS RADIO DISCO May 22, 10.30am–1.30pm Kinderling Kids Radio brings its Regression Session Disco to the Festival! Join hosts Barry Divola and DJ Lorna Clarkson as they mix up the tunes to get everyone, from nannas to nippers, jumping to the beat.

PIER 4/5 DEPARTMENT OF STUFF AND NONSENSE (SYDNEY DANCE 1) Hosted by Felice Arena. All ages welcome, but recommended for 7+. All visitors must have a free ticket for each session for entry. Free tickets can be found at the Glowtopia Tourist Information Booth on the western side of Pier 4/5. Tickets are limited so get in quick! CYA3 FRANK WOODLEY’S KIZMET! May 22, 10–10.45am SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 19

CYA4 ILLUSTRATOR BATTLE ROUNDS May 22, 11.15am–12pm It’s pencils at 10 paces when Australia’s hottest children’s book illustrators go texta-totexta in the ultimate live drawing battle. Eight illustrators. Seven rounds. Only one winner!

CYA5 AARON BLABEY: THE BAD GUYS AND PIG THE PUG May 22, 12.30–1.15pm Bestselling author and illustrator Aaron Blabey reveals how he makes his books, previews some new ones and draws a few of your favourite characters. You may even go home with an original drawing!

CYA6 THE (MOSTLY) TOTALLY BRILLIANT WORLD OF TOM GATES May 22, 1.45–2.30pm SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 19

CYA7 WORDBURGER! May 22, 3–3.45pm In this snack-size Wordburger session, SBS’s Mr Dictionary (David Astle) stirs up a storm of riddles and puzzles, puns and clues, giving new life to letters and language.

Festival Highlight CYA6 THE (MOSTLY) TOTALLY BRILLIANT WORLD OF TOM GATES May 22, 1.45–2.30pm Join Liz Pichon, creator of the multi-award-winning Tom Gates books, in this session packed with doodles, fun and mayhem! Find out how Liz comes up with her ideas and learn how to draw like Tom himself. CYA8 BAJO & HEX: PIXEL RAIDERS May 22, 4.15-5pm Before online games there were books. Bajo & Hex from ABC TV’s The Good Game talk about their new book series Pixel Raiders and how games influenced their ideas and storytelling.

BUREAU OF ARTISTICS PIER 4/5 BUREAU OF ARTISTICS (BANGARRA STUDIO THEATRE) All ages welcome. All events free, no bookings. CYA14 STORYTIME CLUBHOUSE May 22, 10am–4pm Pull up a beanbag and settle in as your favourite children’s authors and illustrators read you their stories. With a different author dropping into the clubhouse every half hour, you never know who you might meet.

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CYA23 STORY BOX LIBRARY PRESENTS... May 22, 2.30–4pm Watch a selection of Australia’s most loved children’s authors on the biggish screen. Learn how they come up with their stories, then watch as their characters are brought to life by some of our best storytellers, from Nick Cave to Claire Bowditch.

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of English! Stop by the #Fictionary corner to submit your words to the newest dictionary in town. You might just find your word featured in David Astle's next Wordplay column. (*amazing)

PIER 4/5 THE MINISTRY OF NOISE (SYDNEY DANCE 1 VIEWING LOUNGE) All ages are welcome and entry is free.

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story and they need your help! Drop in to give them your best ideas and watch the story unfold before your eyes.

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CYA2 B’TUTTA! May 22, 2.30–3.30pm Music and storytelling collide in this ‘striking’ session from hit percussion ensemble B’tutta! Conduct, perform and improvise your own stories in time to the exciting rhythms and beats. Presented with Musica Viva.

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CYA15 CASULA POWERHOUSE JOURNEY MAKER STATION May 22, 10am–4pm Want to fly to the moon or row across an ice-cream ocean? Get yourself to the Journey Maker Station, where you can turn recycled materials into a dream machine to take you to your imagined world. CYA16 BILLIE B. BROWN’S MYSTERY CLUB May 22, 10am–4pm Break the code to join Billie B. Brown’s Secret Mystery Club! Once you’re in, help solve the mystery of the spooky house, meet Billie’s creator, Sally Rippin, and have your photo taken with Billie and the gang. CYA17 #FICTIONARY May 22, 10am–4pm Ever felt the itch to make up your own word for something? #Fictionary is your delspricious* chance to dream up new words, creating your own original piece

CYA18 GIANT HARRY POTTER COLOURING MURAL May 22, 10am–4pm Calling all muggles and wizards! We need your help colouring in our giant Harry Potter mural. Sign your name on the contributor wall, pick your favourite colours and get busy. CYA19 COLOUR AND CRAFT DEPOT May 22, 10am–4pm No need to stay betweenn the lines at our colour and nd craft depot. Kids of all ages ges are encouraged to come along and let their creativity run amok with coloured pencils, paper, crayons, book activity sheets and crafty bits. CYA20 MY STORY BOOTH May 22, 10am–4pm We need your stories! Sydney Writers’ Festival wants to hear about the everyday lives of children aged 5 to 18 from all across Sydney. Spend some time at our writing station and pop your story into the dropbox. Selected entries will be published on the SWF My Story website after the Festival. CYA21 PARROT CARROT BIG BOOK BONANZA May 22, 10.15–11am Join in as Kate and Jol Temple don silly hats and read silly rhymes from their oversized picture books, while Jon Foye whips up silly illustrations of the crowd. CYA22 ON THE SPOT STORIES May 22, 12.15–2.15pm James O’Loghlin and Andrew Cranna have only two hours to write and illustrate a

All ages welcome, but recommended for 13+. Tickets for TeenCon 2016 are available for purchase online ahead of the event. All visitors must have a free ticket for the other sessions to gain entry. Free tickets can be found at the Glowtopia Tourist Information Booth on the eastern side of Pier 4/5. The Royal Institute of All Day YA is supported by Macquarie University. CYA9 TEENCON 1: CORNUCOPIA May 22, 10–11.30am TeenCon 2016 is where it's at for inside info on new and upcoming YA books. With swag bags, a Greatest YA Hero of All Time battle and the chance to win the prize for Best One Line Summary of a YA Book, you don't want to miss this. $10 Bookings 9256 4200, swf.org.au CYA10 IS THIS JUST A FANTASY? May 22, 12–12.45pm Why is fantasy so popular in young adult fiction? Is the line between the real and the fantastical irrelevant because all books are magic? Michael b Grant, Jack Heath, Jay Kristoff and Claire G Zorn Z separate fact from fantasy. With Dr Victoria Flanagan. V CYA11 TOMMY WALLACH LIVE! CYA May 22, 1.15–2pm Brooklyn-based YA writer and indie musician Tommy Wallach reads from his work and performs original songs inspired by his books in this exclusive solo event. CYA12 TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU May 22, 2.30–3.15pm From love triangles to smouldering bad boys, we ask why the same old YA clichés keep cropping up. Audience participation is strongly encouraged as Kirsty Eagar, Jordan Idiare, Will Kostakis, Alice Pung and Adele Walsh come up with the #Top10YAcliches. CYA13 TEENCON 2: ERILEA May 22, 3.45–5.15pm TeenCon 2016 is where it's at for inside info on new and upcoming YA books. With swag bags, a Greatest YA Hero of All Time battle and the chance to win the prize for Best One Line Summary of a YA Book, you don't want to miss this. $10 Bookings, 9256 4200, swf.org.au Illustrations © Charles Santoso

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CYA24 RUSS THE STORY BUS May 22, 10am–4pm, Pier 4/5 Russ the Story Bus is no ordinary bus! His belly is full of books and his outsides are covered in illustrations by Gus Gordon. Bring along a pre-loved book and swap it for a new favourite from inside Russ’s belly. Not sure what to pick? Children’s book expert and bibliotherapist Susan Elderkin will be there from 10am-noon to inspire and guide you. Supported by The Pratt Foundation, The Packer Family Foundation, Crown Resorts Foundation and Western Sydney University. Free, no bookings

Our School Days program is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors and discover exciting new voices. Throughout the week, eight bestselling authors talk about their craft, perform from their work and take questions from the audience. Primary School Days features Jon Klassen, Liz Pichon, Tohby Riddle and Judith Rossell. Secondary School Days includes John Boyne, Michael Grant, Vikki Wakefield and Claire Zorn. School Days are supported by Western Sydney University, The Concourse Chatswood, and the City of Sydney.

Best of the Fest We partner with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards to present a day of events tailored to year 9-12 students. On Monday, May 16, the biggest Festival stars speak on subjects linked to the NSW curriculum. School Days and Best of the Fest sessions are for students only. Schools can book tickets at swf.org.au


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SR1 ADRIAN McKINTY: RAIN DOGS May 19, 6.30–7.30pm Ashfield Town Hall Join Adrian McKinty to discuss his latest Sean Duffy instalment, Rain Dogs, a classic locked-room murder mystery which stretches the roguish detective to new and dangerous limits. Free, bookings essential 9716 1810 ashfieldlibrary.eventbrite.com.au

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SR2 THE LAST BUS TO AUBURN May 22, 2–5pm Auburn Train Station Auburn Poets and Writers Group presents The Last Bus to Auburn, a performative bus tour of their city as it is now and as represented in the memories of local poets. Supported by Western Sydney University. $15 Bookings 9735 1396, https:// www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-lastbus-to-auburntickets-21689075609

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SR3 MAY BANKSTOWN POETRY SLAM FEATURING YASMINE LEWIS May 18, 7–8.30pm Bankstown Arts Centre Bankstown Poetry Slam is the largest of its kind in Australia. Join us in welcoming local talent Yasmine Lewis, as well as first-time poets, seasoned wordsmiths and everyone in between. Supported by BYDS and Western Sydney University. Free, no bookings SR4 WHERE I LIVE May 19, 7–8.30pm Bryan Brown Theatre Following an introduction by Bryan Brown, join a panel of emerging writers from Bankstown and other Sydney suburbs for a lively discussion on where they live and how ideas of place and community shape their creative expression. Supported by Western Sydney University. Free, bookings essential whereilivexswf.eventbrite.com.au SR5 CONNECTION AND BELONGING: INDIGENOUS POETRY AND PERFORMANCE May 20, 7–8pm Bankstown Arts Centre Australia’s First Nation writers connect and belong to the world's oldest living culture – you can glimpse this in their spoken word and poetry. Featuring Maggie Walsh, Lionel Fogarty, Brothablack and more. Supported by BYDS and Western Sydney University. Free, no bookings

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SR6 INGA SIMPSON: WHERE THE TREES WERE May 19, 11.30am–12.30pm Glen Street Theatre Inga Simpson talks about her novel, Where the Trees Were, a rich examination of the innocence of youth and the childhood scars that can stay with you for life. $10 Bookings 9975 1455 glenstreet.com.au

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SR7 BETH YAHP: EAT FIRST, TALK LATER May 16, 6.30–7.30pm Blacktown City Max Webber Library Eat First, Talk Later is Beth Yahp’s memoir about her family’s trip to her birth country, Malaysia. Beth talks about how writing the book forced her to answer questions about family, nationhood, food and belonging. Supported by Western Sydney University. Free, bookings essential 9839 6677 swf2016.eventbrite.com.au

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SR8 SWF IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS WITH PETINA GAPPAH May 22, 12–1pm The Highlands School of the Performing Arts Petina Gappah’s prize-winning debut An Elegy for Easterly heralded her as a major new voice in fiction. The Zimbabwean author speaks about her new novel, The

Festival Highlight SR13 MAGDA SZUBANSKI: RECKONING May 18, 7–8pm The Concourse Concert Hall One of Australia’s best-loved comedians, Magda Szubanski, shares stories from her acclaimed memoir, Reckoning, in which she recounts her search for the truth about her father’s secret wartime past and her own journey of self-discovery. With Tracey Spicer. Supported by The Concourse Chatswood. $25/$20 Bookings 1300 795 012, theconcourse.com.au/events Book of Memory, with Lisa Forrest. $25 Bookings 4862 1634, shwf.com.au SR9 SWF IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS WITH SHIRLEY BARRETT May 22, 2–3pm The Highlands School of the Performing Arts An exclusive session with Shirley Barrett, speaking about her debut novel, Rush Oh!. Shirley is best known as a screenwriter and director, whose first film, Love Serenade, won the Caméra d’Or (Best First Feature) at Cannes. $25 Bookings 4862 1634, shwf.com.au

CAMDEN SR10 LEISEL JONES: BODY LENGTHS May 18, 6.30–7.30pm Camden Civic Centre Leisel Jones talks about depression, bullying in the Australian swim team, growing up in the spotlight with the hopes of the nation on her shoulders, and her new life beyond the pool. Supported by Western Sydney University. $10 Bookings library.camden.nsw. gov.au/bookings

CAMPBELLTOWN SR11 MATTHEW CONDON: ALL FALL DOWN May 19, 2.30–3.30pm Campbelltown HJ Daley Central Library Matthew Condon talks about researching All Fall Down, his explosive conclusion to The Three Crooked Kings true crime trilogy, which delivers unprecedented insights into corruption during one of Queensland’s most turbulent periods. Supported by Western Sydney University. Free, bookings essential 4645 4444 campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/library

CAMPERDOWN SR17 A LITTLE LIFE: AN EVENING WITH HANYA YANAGIHARA May 18, 6–7.15pm Charles Perkins Centre University of Sydney Join the United States Studies Centre for an in-depth and interactive discussion with Hanya Yanagihara about her award-winning book A Little Life and the inspiration behind it. Supported by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Free, bookings essential ussc.edu.au SR51 IN CONVERSATION WITH JULIAN BAGGINI May 19, 6.30–8pm, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney Join philosopher Julian Baggini in a revealing conversation about a question that has puzzled philosophers for centuries: Do we have free will? This promises to be a fascinating evening. Supported by the University of Sydney. Free, bookings essential sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas

CASTLE HILL SR12 HUGH MACKAY: BEYOND BELIEF May 18, 6.30–7.30pm Pioneer Room – Castle Hill Library and Community Centre Social researcher and prolific writer Hugh Mackay’s latest book, Beyond Belief, explores the ways we find meaning and purpose in today’s often secular world. Free, bookings essential thehills.nsw.gov.au/library

CHATSWOOD SR13 MAGDA SZUBANSKI: RECKONING May 18, 7–8pm The Concourse Concert Hall SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 20 SR14 YE XIN: EDUCATED YOUTH May 19, 1–2pm Chatswood Library on the Concourse Educated Youth explores the far-reaching consequences of the 1960s Chinese government policy of sending city highschool leavers to the countryside. Join Ye Xin to unravel a previously untold story of China during the Cultural Revolution. Supported by The Concourse Chatswood. Free, bookings essential 9777 7900 willoughby.nsw.gov.au/library SR15 STUART KELLS: PENGUIN AND THE LANE BROTHERS May 20, 12.30–1.30pm Chatswood Library on the Concourse Join Stuart Kells to learn how three entrepreneurial brothers brought literary giants like Agatha Christie and Virginia Woolf to the masses, and changed the course of publishing forever. Supported by The Concourse Chatswood. Free, bookings essential 9777 7900 willoughby.nsw.gov.au/library

DOUBLE BAY SR16 HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE 21ST CENTURY May 19, 6–8pm Double Bay Library John Birmingham shares his best writing and hustling secrets in How to Be a Writer, a new writing guide with a tough-love approach, written for the internet generation. Free, bookings essential 9391 7931 woollahra.nsw.gov.au/events

HORNSBY SR18 JANE CARO: PLAINSPEAKING JANE May 19, 6.30–7.30pm Hornsby Central Library Jane Caro discusses her book, PlainSpeaking Jane, a witty, unflinching reflection on her career, family and personal struggles, and what it means to be an imperfect woman in a world that

SR19 GREG SHERIDAN: WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND FOOLISH May 19, 7–8pm Hurstville Library Join Greg Sheridan as he reflects on his formative years with a generation of politicians – including Tony Abbott as his best friend at university – before they became household names. Refreshments from 6.30pm. Free, bookings essential, 9330 6111, www.trybooking.com/188524

KENSINGTON SR20 YEONMI PARK: THE YOUNG NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR CHANGING THE WORLD May 19, 6.30–7.30pm John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Human rights activist Yeonmi Park shares her extraordinary story of survival and escape. Now a university student, Yeonmi joins UNSW to inspire a new generation of young world changers. Supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. Free, bookings essential arts.unsw.edu.au/swf

KOGARAH SR21 JESSICA ROWE: IS THIS MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE? May 18, 7–8pm Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre Jessica Rowe imagined she would have a fairy tale life. Her memoir tells of the reality behind the myth of having it all. Join Jessica as she talks about the darkest days of her life and learning to ask for help. Free, bookings essential 9330 9527 kogarahlibrary.eventbrite.com.au

PARRAMATTA SR22 GETTING PUBLISHED: WORDS TO THE WISE May 18, 6–7pm Auditorium, Parramatta Campus Western Sydney University This expert panel of authors and industry professionals sets about demystifying the opaque world of book publishing. Author Rosie Waterland and publishers Lex Hirst and Robert Watkins speak to James Arvanitakis. Supported by Western Sydney University. Free, no bookings SR23 WORDS FROM THE WEST May 19, 6.30–8pm Parramatta Artists Studios From the west of Melbourne to the west of Sydney, join Alice Pung and Sheila Pham, Maryam Azam and Peter Polites, recipients of The CAL WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowship, for storytelling, conversation and provocation. Supported by Parramatta Artists Studios, Parramatta City Council, WestWords and Western Sydney University. Free, bookings essential, drinks and supper included 9687 6090 studios@parracity.nsw.gov.au SR24 THE RUMBLE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS May 20, 5.30–7pm Riverside Theatre, Parramatta A fresh pack of young Western Sydney and international spoken-wordsmiths set the mic alight. Featuring US performers Nate Marshall, Jamila Woods, Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, and local champion Phil Wilcox. Hosted by Miles Merrill. Presented with Word Travels. Supported by Parramatta City Council and Western Sydney University. Free, bookings essential 8839 3399 riversideparramatta.com.au SR25 SUAD AMIRY: REVISITING HOME – PALESTINIAN STORIES May 21, 3–4pm Riverside Theatre, Parramatta Deeply informed by her Palestinian heritage, architect Suad Amiry speaks with Randa Abdel-Fattah about home, loss and displacement, and the stories behind certain houses in West Jerusalem. Supported by Parramatta City Council and Western Sydney University. $20/$15 Bookings 8839 3399 riversideparramatta.com.au

SR26 KERRY O’BRIEN: KEATING May 21, 5.30–6.30pm Riverside Theatre, Parramatta Join veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien to hear his insider’s take on writing about the formidable and remarkable former PM, Paul Keating. With Eric Sidoti. Supported by Parramatta City Council and Western Sydney University. $20/$15 Bookings 8839 3399 riversideparramatta.com.au SR27 BOB BROWN: OPTIMISM May 21, 7.30–8.30pm Riverside Theatre, Parramatta Bob Brown’s Green Nomads and memoir Optimism are testament to his love for nature and belief in the power of people. He gives a special talk, then speaks about his life and passion for the environment with James Arvanitakis. Supported by Parramatta City Council and Western Sydney University. $20/$15 Bookings 8839 3399 riversideparramatta.com.au

PENRITH SR28 TOM AND MEG KENEALLY: THE SOLDIER’S CURSE May 20, 6.30–7.30pm Penrith City Library Tom Keneally has joined forces with his eldest daughter Meg to cook up a fastpaced, gripping book about early colonial New South Wales, with a dash of murder and deception for good measure. Supported by Western Sydney University. $5 including light refreshments Bookings 4732 7891

RANDWICK SR29 DEBRA ADELAIDE: THE WOMEN’S PAGES May 18, 6.30–7.30pm Margaret Martin Library, Randwick Debra Adelaide talks about her novel, The Women’s Pages, which draws inspiration from Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and follows Dove, who is consumed with writing a novel about an ordinary woman with secrets and regrets. Free, bookings essential 9399 8352 randwick.nsw.gov.au/library

RYDE SR30 RICHARD GLOVER: FLESH WOUNDS May 18, 7.15–8.15pm Ryde Library 702 ABC Sydney’s Richard Glover has always played ‘Who’s Got the Weirdest Parents?’ with self-assurance. His memoir Flesh Wounds dives deeper, revealing uncomfortable truths. Join him as he dissects the highs and lows of his family. $5 Bookings (02) 9952 8352 ryde.nsw.gov.au/RichardGlover

WETHERILL PARK SR31 LARISSA BEHRENDT: FINDING ELIZA May 19, 6.30–7.30pm Wetherill Park Library The tale of Eliza Fraser’s capture by Aboriginal people made 19th-century headlines, but the captors’ side of the story was never told. Larissa Behrendt talks about Finding Eliza and inequity in colonial storytelling. Supported by Western Sydney University. Free, no bookings

WOLLONGONG SR32 BLACK WALLABY INDIGENOUS WRITERS’ NIGHT May 19, 6–8.30pm Wollongong Art Gallery Dreaming Inside IV is a collection of poems by Aboriginal inmates at the Junee Correctional Centre, which will be launched by Tony Birch. Free, no bookings SR33 ROCKET READINGS May 22, 1–3pm Wollongong Art Gallery Rocket Readings is South Coast Writers Centre’s annual poetry event, this year featuring Christine Paice and Kathleen Bleakley, plus a three-minute open mic section. With host Linda Godfrey. Free, no bookings


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Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains program is presented with Varuna, the National Writers House and Sydney Writers’ Festival. Day passes and two-day passes are available for Monday May 16 and Tuesday May 17. Single sessions $15 at the door, subject to availability. Bookings 4782 5674, varuna.com.au, unless otherwise stated.

SR34 MODERN ART PROJECTS AND VARUNA PRESENT: WANTANGANURA May 15, 1–4pm Varuna, The National Writers House Wantanganura/Skyworld features installations by Aboriginal artists accompanied by artist talks, ceremony and the opportunity to meet artists during a fire-circle chat. Free, bookings essential modernartprojects.org SR35 NOT JUST BLACK AND WHITE: ABORIGINAL HISTORIES REVEALED May 16, 10.10–11am Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Murri elder Lesley Williams talks to Heidi Norman about the pursuit of justice for Aboriginal workers, a nine-year quest that took Lesley and her daughter, Tammy, from Cherbourg mission in Queensland to the United Nations.

SR36 SIX BEDROOMS: SHORT STORIES AND THE AUSTRALIAN IMAGINATION May 16, 11.30am–12.20pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Tegan Bennett Daylight skilfully crafts short stories in her new collection Six Bedrooms. She talks to Kate Fagan about creating stories and characters who are volatile, memorable and distinctively Australian.

SR37 VIVIAN GORNICK: THE ODD WOMAN AND THE CITY May 16, 1.30–2.30pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Native New Yorker and writer Vivian Gornick speaks to Leah Kaminsky about The Odd Woman and the City, a memoir of self-discovery and friendship told through conversations, sharp observations and poetic vignettes of New York street life.

SR38 DICTIONARY OF SYDNEY May 16, 3–4pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Find out about the online Dictionary of Sydney and those commissioned to write about Blue Mountains’ icons for the site. Featuring Julian Leatherdale, Naomi Parry, John Low and Delia Falconer talking with Lisa Murray. Supported by the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Cultural Trust. SR39 CHARLOTTE WOOD: THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS May 16, 4.30–5.30pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Charlotte Wood talks about her latest book, The Natural Way of Things, a dystopian allegory of power and misogyny set in the Australian bush. With Tegan Bennett Daylight. SR40 THE DR DARK MEMORIAL LECTURE: GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS May 16, 6–7pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba In the 2016 Dr Dark Memorial Lecture, award-winning journalist Andrew Fowler interrogates the state of the media, the rise of ‘thin journalism’ and its implications for a democratic society. $15/$10 SR41 TRAVELLING HOME: DEBUT FICTION May 17, 10–11am Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Leah Kaminsky and Miles Allinson have each written debut novels about troubled Australians on a quest in their forebears' country. They speak with Carol Major about the psychology of memory and guilt. SR42 JAMES REBANKS: THE GOOD SHEPHERD May 17, 11.30am–12.30pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba James Rebanks is the Herdwick shepherd, whose family has farmed in England’s Lake

Live and Local Sydney Writers’ Festival continues to expand its horizons with Live and Local, our digital live-streaming project, going national in 2016. We have partnered with local arts centres, libraries and writers’ groups across the country to host events with a selection of sessions from the Festival program. Audiences at these venues have the opportunity to ask questions of the guest authors in Sydney via a live feed. This year, Live and Local will reach audiences in Adelaide, Albury, Alice Springs, Armidale, Bathurst, Brisbane, Broken Hill, Byron Bay, Cairns, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Frankston, Horsham, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Taree, Toowoomba, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong. Learn more at swf.org.au/live

SATURDAY MAY 14 - SUNDAY MAY 22 District for more than 600 years. He speaks with Kate Fagan about his bestselling memoir, The Shepherd’s Life. SR43 MAGDA SZUBANSKI: A TENDER RECKONING May 17, 1.30–2.30pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba One of Australia’s most-loved performers, Magda Szubanski talks to Alison Manning about searching for skeletons in the family closet and her fearless journey of selfdiscovery, chronicled in Reckoning. SR44 LIFE IN THE HIVE May 17, 3–4pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Mireille Juchau (The World Without Us) and Peggy Frew (Hope Farm) talk with Tegan Bennett Daylight about their elegiac and gripping novels of lost childhoods and broken families.

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Business Bites

MONDAY MAY 16 – FRIDAY MAY 20

BB5 John Cantwell

Festival Highlight

SR45 THE WRITER’S MIND May 17, 4.30–5.30pm Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Sylvia Martin and Mark O’Flynn have both written poignant tales of writers struggling with their sanity. They talk to Barbara Brooks about creativity, madness and the sometimes thin line between history and fiction.

BB5 JOHN CANTWELL: ADAPTING COMBAT LEADERSHIP TO BUSINESS May 19, 12.30–1.30pm Coleman Greig boardroom, Parramatta In this practical and inspiring talk, Major-General John Cantwell draws on 40 years of experience in the Australian Army to describe the skills needed to build the loyalty, teamwork and decisiveness vital to successful leadership. With James Arvanitakis.

SR46 SELF-PUBLISHING: THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE May 21, 10am–1pm Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Local authors share their self-publishing journeys and career professionals reveal the tricks of the trade. A half-day forum of insights into how to take your writing to the next stage. $15 Bookings library.bmcc.nsw.gov.au

Our business-themed lunchtime events, Business Bites, will be presented in both Circular Quay and Parramatta in 2016.

Journalist and biographer Paddy Manning speaks with Jessica Irvine about the business skills and strategies that helped Malcolm Turnbull ascend to the job he was destined for.

All tickets $40 including light lunch. Bookings 9256 4200 swf.org.au.

BB4 BUSINESS BITES: RUSSEL HOWCROFT AND JANE CARO – HOW TO SELL ANYTHING May 20, 12.30–1.30pm Customs House, Barnet Long Room Industry veterans Jane Caro and Russel Howcroft talk all things advertising with Elizabeth Knight, from best and worst ads to industry gossip and tips on how to sell ice to Eskimos.

SR47 THE MICE WHO ROARED: THE INDEPENDENT POETRY PRESS May 21, 2–3pm Varuna, The National Writers House How do you fit a poet in your pocket? Join us at Varuna as we celebrate Ginninderra Press’s 20th anniversary and the success of Ginninderra pocket chapbooks. Free, no bookings SR48 POETRY PARTY May 21, 3.30–4.30pm Varuna, The National Writers House Gather around the fire in the gardens of Varuna to hear local poets read their work. Poets include Deb Westbury, Ignatius McGovern, Ron Pretty and Stephen Matthews. Free, no bookings SR49 WORKSHOP: BESPOKE BOOKMAKING May 22, 10am–1pm Varuna, The National Writers House A handcrafted book always has a story to tell. Write a poem or pen a vision with Deb Westbury at a workshop dedicated to the people’s press and the art of bespoke bookmaking. $60/$55

CITY Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald BusinessDay. BB1 BUSINESS BITES: SATYAJIT DAS – DESPERATELY SEEKING INNOVATION May 16, 12.30–1.30pm Customs House, Barnet Long Room Is the fervent belief that innovation will solve our problems founded in reality or faith? Leading global financial expert Satyajit Das asks what we really mean when we declare that innovation is the solution. With John McDuling. BB2 BUSINESS BITES: RICHARD WATSON – DIGITAL VS HUMAN May 17, 12.30–1.30pm Customs House, Barnet Long Room Futurist and internationally bestselling author Richard Watson speaks to Elizabeth Knight about disruptive technologies and their possible effect on the lives we’ll lead at work and home. How will we live, love and think in the future? BB3 BUSINESS BITES: PADDY MANNING – BORN TO RULE May 18, 12.30–1.30pm Customs House, Barnet Long Room

PARRAMATTA Supported by The Sydney Morning Herald BusinessDay and Parramatta City Council. A Parramatta Smart City initiative. BB5 BUSINESS BITES: JOHN CANTWELL – ADAPTING COMBAT LEADERSHIP TO BUSINESS May 19, 12.30–1.30pm Coleman Greig boardroom, Parramatta SEE EVENT HIGHLIGHT, Page 21 BB6 BUSINESS BITES: STORY SELLING – NEWS, FACEBOOK AND THE SECRETS OF VIRAL CONTENT May 20, 12.30–1.30pm UNE Lecture Room, Parramatta Hal Crawford, Andrew Hunter and Dom Filipovic have built an engine that tracks the sharing of millions of stories from more than 100 news sources. Now they share their surprising findings.


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KEY BB: Business Bites BOS: BOSTES Days CUR: Curiosity Lectures CYA: Children & Young Adult PSD: Primary School Days SR: Suburban and Regional SSD: Secondary School Days W: Workshops „ International writer

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Patrick Abboud 120 Randa Abdel-Fattah SR25 Phillip Adams 88, 125 Robert Adamson 123 Debra Adelaide 115, 156, SR29 Louise Adler 72, 174, 190, 252 „ Carmen Aguirre 69, 185, 210 Adam Aitken 28 Emma Alberici 152, 218 Emma Allen CYA14 Miles Allinson 25, SR41 Sahar Amer CUR155, CUR168, CUR180 „ Suad Amiry 99, 120, SR25 Felice Arena CYA3, CYA4, PSD1, PSD2, PSD3, PSD4, PSD5 Michelle Arrow 243 James Arvanitakis BB5, CUR121, SR22, SR27 David Astle 81, 94, 165, CYA7, CYA17 Alan Atkinson 23 „ Jami Attenberg 57, 103, W9 Auburn Poets and Writers Group SR2 Maryam Azam SR23

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B’tutta CYA2 Sunil Badami 268, CUR85, CUR98, CUR108, CUR111, CUR121, CUR132, CUR134 „ Julian Baggini 153, 171, 230, 260, SR51 Julia Baird 125 Bajo CYA8 Eileen Baldry 74 Bankstown Poetry Slam 203, SR3 „ Nir Baram 109, 138, 174 „ Julian Barnes 34 91 221 J.D. Barrett 188 Shirley Barrett 188, 215, SR9 Nigel Bartlett 119 Linda Bartolomei 124 Rosie Batty 114, 145 Caroline Baum 199, 221, 272 Larissa Behrendt 243, SR31 Hilary Bell CYA14, W21 Tamryn Bennett 169 Tegan Bennett Daylight 46, 104, 170, SR36, SR39, SR44 Katherine Biber 175 Carla Billinghurst SR46 Anthony Billingsley 240 Tony Birch 228, 262, SR32, W25 John Birmingham CUR108, SR16, W19 Stephanie Bishop 116, 167 Aaron Blabey CYA5 Georgia Blain 250 Kathleen Bleakley SR33 Anthony Bond CUR40 Frank Bongiorno CUR64 Chris Bowen 35, 275 Mike Bowers 11 „ William Boyd 91, 147, 210, W29 „ John Boyne 87, 138, 275, SSD1, SSD2, SSD3 James Bradley 73 Troy Bramston 107 Frank Brennan 198 Anna Broinowski CUR247 Brothablack SR5 Bob Brown 114, 263, SR27 Bryan Brown SR4 James Brown 47, 129 Pam Brown 219 Thomas Brown SR34 John Muk Muk Burke SR32 joanne burns 219 Julian Burnside QC 29 Kate Burt CYA21 Caroline Butler-Bowdon 23 Jennifer Byrne 27, 51, 146

Participants C

Michelle Cahill 257 John Cantwell 95, 129, BB5 Jane Caro 24, 185, 215, BB4, SR18 Ber Carroll W17 a.j. carruthers 219 Kit Carstairs SR46 Barrie Cassidy 11 Michael Cathcart 96, 189 Tony Cavanaugh 135, 188, W28 „ Anish Chandy 130 Minglu Chen 118 Peter Chen CUR227, CUR237, CUR246 Eileen Chong 169 Anna Clark 243 Maxine Beneba Clarke W17 Aoife Clifford 119 „ Roger Cohen 101, 152, 213, 245 Matthew Condon 35, 231, CUR155, SR11 Bryce Corbett 20 Ross Coulthart 95 Jesse Cox 196 CPAC Youth CYA15 Annabel Crabb 11, 17, 216, 244 Andrew Cranna CYA4, CYA22 Anwen Crawford 75 Hal Crawford BB6, CUR246

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Wilson da Silva 157 Mark Dapin 129, 268 „ Marie Darrieussecq 45, 68, 226, 241 Satyajit Das 84, 264, BB1 Zoe Dattner W17 Graham Davis King SR34 Michelle de Kretser 53 Rowan Dean 166 Quentin Dempster 22, 273 Andrew Denton 140, 151, 198 Peter Doherty 31, 81, 154, BOS5 Ken Done 18, 153 Geraldine Doogue 241, 265 Kelly Doust 126 Ceridwen Dovey 16, 67, 242 Peter Doyle 36, 62 Philip Dwyer 88, CUR134 David Dyer 57, CUR256, W5

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Kirsty Eagar CYA12 „ Katharina Ebinger W17 Ali Cobby Eckermann 59, 123, 204 Jill Eddington 97 „ Susan Elderkin 16, 110, 181, CYA24 Tim Elliott 220, 245 Chris Endrey 179 „ Álvaro Enrigue 109, 215, 233 Kate Evans 109, 161, 194, 233, 259 Peter Evans BOS1

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Kate Fagan 160, 219, SR36, SR42 Delia Falconer 187, 242, SR38 Suzanne Falkiner 58 Ellen Fanning 30, 67, 234, 263 Gabriel Farago SR46 „ Nicolas Fargues 136, 211, 241 Marc Fennell CUR182 Sarah Ferguson 254 Richard Fidler 96, 176 Dom Filipovic BB6 Luke Fischer 195 Toby Fitch 219 Martin Flanagan 19, 163, CUR98 Victoria Flanagan CYA10 Tim Flannery 31, 117, 214 Lionel Fogarty 123, 219, 255, SR5 Adam Ford 50, 99 Kate Forsyth 112, 191, W12 Andrew Fowler 92, 171, 273, SR40 Candice Fox 119, 212, W6, W17 Jon Foye CYA4, CYA21 First Dog on the Moon 67, 179 „ Peter Frankopan 71, 152, 240 „ Jonathan Franzen 104, 224 Mia Freedman 265 Jackie French 265 Peggy Frew 75, 97, SR44 Anna Funder 29, 224, 270

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Matthew Gain W17 Damon Gameau 260 „ Petina Gappah 89, 161, 210, SR8 Peter Garrett 30, 114, 225 Sarah Gates W17 Joe Gelonesi 230 Sulari Gentill 57, W4 „ Anna Gerber 229 Madeline Gleeson 13, 258

A–Z Jane Gleeson-White 90 Richard Glover 133, 151, 173, 220, SR30 Linda Godfrey SR33 „ Ann Goldstein 128, 218 ,251 Elena Gomez 219 David Gonski AC 144 Gus Gordon CYA4, CYA14 „ Vivian Gornick 113, 151, 213, 252, SR37 Lisa Gorton 123 „ Michael Grant CYA10, SSD1, SSD2, SSD3 Stan Grant 19, 201, BOS3 Ross Grayson Bell 49, 188, W29 John M. Green 20, 65 Tim Griffiths CUR14 Billy Gruner SR34 „ James Gurbutt 130

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Eleanor Hall 43, 152 Rosalie Ham 137, 184 Lesley Harding 32, 58 Marieke Hardy 27, 51, 223 Elizabeth Harrower 197 Jacqueline Harvey W16 „ Paula Hawkins 89, 194, 231 Janet Hawley 54 Ashley Hay 89, 116, 159 Antonia Hayes 25, 126, CUR227 Jack Heath CYA10 „ Aleksandar Hemon 13, 72, 86, 124, 213 David M. Henley 73 Steven Herrick SR46 John Hewson 127 Hex CYA8 Kathryn Heyman W10 Michael Heyward 130, 197 Amanda Hickie SR46 Michael Hing 150 Lex Hirst 236, SR22 Bernie Hobbs 214 Jenny Hocking 107 Carolyn Holbrook 23 Lucinda Holdforth 113, 235, CUR266 Tom Holloway 269 Sacha Horler 184 Russel Howcroft 166, BB4 David Hunt W17 Andrew Hunter BB6, CUR246 Rebecca Huntley 198

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Jordan Idiare CYA12 Ivor Indyk 257 Jessica Irvine BB3 Mark Isaacs SR4 „ Britt Iverson 229

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Meredith Jaffé 25, 42, 70, 261 Linda Jaivin 69, 141, 211, 238 „ Marlon James 109, 151, 189, 210 Emma Jane 271 „ Jenna Johnson 130 Lou Johnson W17 Susan Johnson 70, 115, CUR85 Elizabeth Johnstone 156, 253 Gail Jones 190, CUR237 Leisel Jones 42, 153, BOS6, SR10 Debra Jopson 28 Toni Jordan 137, 191, 215, W27 Jane Jose 99 Mireille Juchau 15, 139, SR44

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Michaela Kalowski 138, 184 Leah Kaminsky 103, 138, 198, SR37, SR41, W20 Sarah Kanowski 86, 136, 251 „ Deepti Kapoor 29, 60, 191, 232 Fiona Katauskas CYA4, CYA14 Sarah Kay 80, 208, SR24, W22 Phil Kaye 80, 208, SR24, W22 Catherine Keenan 114, 142, 147 Phillip Keir 48 Amanda Keller 158 Stuart Kells 41, SR15 Paul Kelly 107, 131 Paul Kelly 274, BOS1 Meg Keneally 223, SR28 Thomas Keneally 88, 223, BOS2, SR28 Rachel Kent 18, 58 Kinderling Kids Radio CYA1 Michael Kimmel 269 „ Starlee Kine 83, 143, 196 „ Jon Klassen 192, PSD1, PSD2, PSD3, PSD4, PSD5 Elizabeth Knight BB2, BB4 „ Herman Koch 151, 231, 259 Will Kostakis CYA9, CYA12 Christopher Kremmer 60

Friederike KrishnabhakdiVasilakis SR32 Jay Kristoff CYA10

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„ Zelda la Grange 21, 72

Sofie Laguna 33, 159, W15 Samantha Lang 269 Benjamin Law 82, 143, 218 Joy Lawn 28, 228, SSD1, SSD2, SSD3 Johannes Leak CYA4 Suzanne Leal 45, 70, 100, 139 Julian Leatherdale SR38 Christophe Lecourtier 241 Alexandra Lee 150 Jody Lee SR46 Geoffrey Lehmann 195 Andrew Leigh 122 Julia Leigh 136, 216, 226 David Leser 21, 48, 140 Amelia Lester 91, 128, 213 „ Janna Levin 76, 157, CUR205 Yasmine Lewis SR4 , SR3 Sophie Lieberman 99 Kate Lilley 195, 257 Eleanor Limprecht 36, W26 Astrid Lorange 219 John Low SR38 Nakkiah Lui 269, SR4 „ Valeria Luiselli 160, 190, 252 Catharine Lumby 163

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Kent MacCarter 219, 257 Hugh Mackay 43, 125, SR12 Megan Mackenzie CUR180 Dougal MacPherson CYA14 Emily Maguire 139, 207 Carol Major SR41 David Malouf 56, 123 Robert Manne 258, CUR193 Alison Manning SR43 Paddy Manning 122, BB3 Simon Marnie 248 David Marr 11, 107, 122, 258, 278 „ Nate Marshall 61, 208, SR24 Sylvia Martin SR45 Stephen Matthews SR47, SR48 Kate McClymont 164 Cassie McCullagh 32, 183 Rónán McDonald 177 John McDuling 264, BB1 Fiona McFarlane 53, 268 Alyce McGovern 207 Ignatius McGovern SR47, SR48 Michaela McGuire 223 Richard McHugh 65 Adrian McKinty 135, 212, SR1 Felicity McLean 20, 42, SR4 George Megalogenis 11, 55, 149, 162, 217, 254 Caro Meldrum-Hanna 22 Catriona Menzies-Pike 249, CUR38 Miles Merrill 208, SR24, W17 Jane Messer 65, W7 Mahalya Middlemist SR34 Murray Middleton 236 Richard Miles 50, 71 Sarah Mills SR46 Catherine Milne 41 Veronica Milsom 150 Peter Minter 219, SR40 Catriona Mitchell 232 Natasha Mitchell 59, 117 Drusilla Modjeska 102, 156, 218, 252 „ Kelsey Montague 12, 183 Frank Moorhouse 171, 253 Jocelyn Moorhouse 184 Kendrah Morgan 32, 58 Julian Morrow 239 Jenny Mosher SR46 Tara Moss 68, 145, 271 Sam Mostyn 19 Elspeth Muir 236, 249 „ Paul Muldoon 56, 87, 128, 208, CUR168 Kate Mulvany 2, 274 Craig Munro 5, 41 Lisa Murray SR38 „ Paul Murray 65, 87, 177, 210

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Alexandra Nahlous W23 Indira Naidoo 260, CUR132 Dalia Nassar CUR14, CUR26, CUR38 Christopher Neff CUR111 Jacqui Newling 248 John Newton 248 Barbara Nicholson SR32 Garth Nix W17 Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd 150 Bianca Nogrady 31, 157, W8 Lynette Noni 73

Heidi Norman SR35 Zoe Norton Lodge 172, SR4 Aaron Nyerges CUR182, CUR193, CUR205, CUR206

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Gail O’Brien 66 Juliette O’Brien 66 Kerry O’Brien 163, 234, SR26 Mark O’Flynn 58, SR45 James O’Loghlin CYA22 Paddy O’Reilly 242, 268 „ Susie Orbach 37, 68, 101, 173, 199 Eva Orner 10, 258, BOS3 Cheryl Orsini CYA4, CYA14 Caroline Overington 66, 135

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Christine Paice SR33 „ Yeonmi Park 29, 100, SR20 Naomi Parry SR38 Steve Pennells 22 Antonia Pesenti W21 Sheila Pham SR23 Claire Phipps 164 „ Liz Pichon CYA6, PSD1, PSD2, PSD3, PSD4, PSD5 Ailsa Piper 46, 139, 209, 262 Felicity Plunkett 15, 102 Peter Polites SR23 Graham Potts 119 Ron Pretty SR47, SR48 Alice Pung 33, BOS3, CYA12, SR23 John Purcell 126, 167, 191

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Chris Reason 164 „ James Rebanks 67, 117, 176, SR42 Georgina Reid 169 Michael Reid 164 Eliza Reilly 150 Hannah Reilly 150 Tohby Riddle PSD1, PSD2, PSD3, PSD4, PSD5 Erin Riley 19 Sally Rippin CYA16 Jamila Rizvi 55, 105 Rhoda Roberts 106, 201 Michael Robotham 223, CUR267 Vivien Robotham 223 Judith Rossell PSD1, PSD2, PSD3, PSD4, PSD5 Kate Rossmanith 62 Aedenn Rowan SR34 Celestine Rowe 106, 204 David Rowe 11 Jessica Rowe 261, SR21 Josephine Rowe 25, 70 „ Jean-Christophe Rufin 59, 124, 209, 241 Lesley Russell 265 Juanita Ruys CUR247, CUR256, CUR266, CUR267

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Kerri Sackville 265 Leigh Sales 244 „ Luc Sante 62, 190, 272 Charles Santoso CYA4 Lisa Miranda Sarzin CYA14 Margot Saville 35, 44, 131, 144, 163 Niki Savva 11, 131, 278 Julianne Schultz 92 Claire Scobie W3 Penelope Seidler 48 Michael Sexton SC CUR52 „ Don Share 61, 123 Greg Sheridan 44, SR19 Shuangyuan Shi 200 Annette Shun Wah 210, 249 Eric Sidoti SR26 „ Ira Silverberg W17 Alecia Simmonds 207, 236, W13 Adrian Simon 220 „ Emma Sky 47, 124, 154, 240 Inga Simpson 126, 228, SR6, W14 Michael Slezak 157 Glenda Sluga CUR40, CUR52, CUR63, CUR64 „ Anna Smaill 15, 73, 141, W24 „ Dorothea Smartt 106, 208, W11 Babette Smith 23 David Smith 213 Suzanne Smith 22 Hannah Sommerville CYA14 Tim Soutphommasane 68 Adam Spencer 76, 81 Tracey Spicer 24, 158, SR13 Beck Stanton CYA14 Matt Stanton CYA4, CYA14 Jason Steger 27, 51, 270 „ Gloria Steinem 59, 146, 162 Amanda Stewart 219

Emmett Stinson W17 Elana Stone 223 Yael Stone 223 Story Box Library CYA23 „ Samanth Subramanian 29, 60, 93, 240 Norman Swan 260 Magda Szubanski 149, 185, 225, SR13, SR43

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Chris Taylor 83, 153, 225 Cory Taylor 198 Mark Tedeschi,QC 175, 231 „ Kate Tempest 6, 151, 186 Jol Temple CYA21 Anne Tiernan 92 James Tierney 33 Laura Tingle 122, 162 Natalie Tran 81, 271 Kirsten Tranter 116, 156 Mark Tredinnick 169 Lucy Treloar 167, 262 Gillian Triggs 202 „ Ira Trivedi 60, 162, 225, 232 Wayne Tunnicliffe 54 Mick Turner 75

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T.L. Uglow 105, 229, CUR206, W17 Abigail Ulman 97 David Uren 127, BOS4

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James Valentine 185 Felicity Vallence CYA13 Peter van Onselen 92, 131 „ Yanis Varoufakis 83, 152, 217 „ Rebecca Vaughan 3, 7, 9, 79, 222, 277 „ Jean-François Vernay CUR26 Michael Visontay 20 „ PJ Vogt 81, 105, 196, 239

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Vikki Wakefield SD1, SSD2, SSD3 Ian Walker W17 „ Tommy Wallach CYA11 Adele Walsh CYA12 Maggie Walsh 97, 255, SR5 Jessica Walton CYA14 Rosie Waterland 172, 220, 271, SR22, W17 Robert Watkins SR22 Don Watson 141, 187 Richard Watson 83, 105, BB2, BOS4 Frances Watts CYA14 „ Cat Weatherill 112, W2 Nerrilee Weir W17 Alexis West 106, 204 Kylie Westaway CYA14 Anna Westbrook 36, 207 Deborah Westbury SR47, SR48, SR49 Judith Whelan 13, 84, 154, 226 Anne Whitehead 88 Wendy Whiteley 54 Debbie Whitmont 245 Phil Wilcox 80, SR24 Marian Wilkinson 87 Lesley Williams 74, SR35 Michael Williams 17, 57, 93, 186 Tammy Williams 74 Graham Wilson W17 „ Jeanette Winterson 77, 117, 151 Ben Wood CYA14 Charlotte Wood 89, 170, 235, 250, SR39 Frank Woodley CYA3 „ Jamila Woods 61, 208, SR24 Jeremy Wortsman 192 Fiona Wright 37, 167, 249, W1 Tom Wright 36 Edwina Wyatt CYA14 Elizabeth Wymarra 255 Susan Wyndham 34, 178, 218

X

„ Ye Xin 118, 238, SR14

Y

Beth Yahp 28, CUR63, SR7 „ Hanya Yanagihara 82, 136, 276, SR17 Joshua Yeldham 183, W30 Damon Young 39, 90, W18

Z

„ Xu Zhiyuan 29, 84, 118, 171, 200 Li Zhou 118 Jamie Zimmermann 129 Claire Zorn CYA10, SSD1, SSD2, SSD3


Venues & Bookings BOOKINGS Sydney Writers’ Festival presents both free and ticketed events. The majority of ticketed events can be booked through the Roslyn Packer Theatre box office, either online at roslynpackertheatre.com. au/swf, by phone on 9250 1988 or in person at 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Seats cannot be booked for free events in the Walsh Bay Precinct, except for select events at the Children’s and YA Precinct on Sunday May 22 (refer to page 19). Free events fill quickly and we recommend you arrive early. In most instances, venues must be vacated at the end of each event. Box offices will also operate at Pier 2/3, Pier 4/5, City Recital Hall and Sydney Town Hall for ticket purchases on event days. For events not ticketed by the Roslyn Packer Theatre box office, please refer to individual event listings in the program. Concessions apply for children under 16, full-time students and Australian Health Care Card or Centrelink pension cardholders. Transaction fees may apply for all bookings.

MY PERFECT FESTIVAL TICKET PACKAGES

Enjoy a selection of the Artistic Director’s Festival highlights and relax between events at our private lounge at Walsh Bay. My Perfect Festival ticket packages are available at swf.org.au.

ACCESSIBILITY

All venues are wheelchair accessible. The following venues are fitted with a hearing loop system: Roslyn Packer Theatre, Wharf 2 Theatre, City Recital Hall, and Sydney Town Hall. Events 146 Gloria Steinem: Life on the Road and 221 Julian Barnes: The Noise of Time will be AUSLAN interpreted. All events at the Roslyn Packer Theatre on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22 will be closed captioned. Tickets for AUSLAN-interpreted and captioned events can be purchased directly through the Roslyn Packer Theatre box office. After the Festival, some events will be made available as audio podcasts on our iTunes channel or as video on our YouTube channel.

TRAVELLING TO THE WALSH BAY PRECINCT TRAIN AND FERRY

The closest train station and ferry terminal is Circular Quay, about a 15-minute walk from the Walsh Bay precinct. From Circular Quay, walk down George Street and turn right on Hickson Road. Follow Hickson Road under the Harbour Bridge and around past the hotel, Pier One Sydney Harbour, to the Festival precinct.

BUS

The 311 bus stops at Towns Place and Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. The 324 and 325 buses terminate in Hickson Road,

FESTIVAL INFORMATION Walsh Bay. The 431 and 433 buses previously terminating in Walsh Bay will now terminate at Martin Place and Central Station respectively.

SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL SHUTTLE BUS

From Thursday May 19 to Sunday May 22, a Sydney Writers’ Festival shuttle bus will run a return service from Circular Quay to the Festival precinct at Walsh Bay. Buses depart approximately every 15 minutes between 9am and 6.15pm from the First Fleet Park stop on George Street, near Circular Quay. Alternate buses will be wheelchair accessible. The first stop is opposite Roslyn Packer Theatre, and the second stop is outside Pier 4/5. Buses then return directly to Circular Quay. The last scheduled service returning to Circular Quay departs from Walsh Bay at 6.15pm. The cost is $1 one-way on the SWF shuttle bus. As this is a charter service, MyBus tickets, TravelTen tickets, Opal Cards, concession cards and pensioner day tickets are not accepted.

BICYCLES

Bicycle parking is provided under the awning on Pier 2.

PARKING

While on-street metered parking is available in Walsh Bay, we recommend parking at Bond Store One, 26 Hickson Road Walsh Bay or Barangaroo Point Car Park (entry via Hickson Rd) at Walsh Bay.

ROAD CLOSURES

In 2016, the light rail construction scheme along George Street will impact journeys to the Sydney CBD and Walsh Bay. Please visit mysydney. nsw.gov.au for the latest information and to plan your trip.

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OTHER CITY VENUES ABC TV Studios 700 Harris Street, Ultimo City Recital Hall Angel Place Angel Place, Sydney

WALSH BAY PRECINCT VENUES

Customs House, Barnet Long Room 31 Alfred Street, Sydney

Roslyn Packer Theatre 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Roslyn Packer Theatre Richard Wherrett Studio

Dendy Opera Quays 2 East Circular Quay, Sydney

Pier 4/5 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Bangarra Studio Theatre Sydney Dance 1 Sydney Dance 2 Sydney Dance Viewing Lounge Sydney Dance Lounge Philharmonia Studio The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf Wharf 2 Theatre The Waterfront Pier 2/3 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Main Stage Club Stage The Loft Curiosity Stage The Hemingway Bar

Knox St Bar 21 Shepherd Street, Chippendale Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Mrs Macquaries Road Sydney NSW 2000 Science House, NYU Sydney 157-161 Gloucester Street, Sydney State Library of NSW Macquarie Street, Sydney Sydney Jewish Museum 148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst Sydney Town Hall 483 George Street, Sydney

ENQUIRIES (excluding bookings)

For any general enquiries, please contact Sydney Writers’ Festival either by phone on 9252 7729 or by email on info@swf.org.au.


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