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Saville’s Shout: Australia’s soul … Tsiolkas uncut … literary siblings …

Authors at the Sydney Writers’ Festival make a compelling argument that Australia has lost its moral compass. Plus other fantastic events at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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Shards of outrageous beauty: notes from the Sydney Writers Festival

Tales and thoughts, tropic rain, design awards and midnight shards of Sydney’s outrageous beauty. W H Chong visits the Sydney Writers Festival, notepad in hand.

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Pollies, in shirtsleeves, hold forth with Sydney lit clique

Opposition communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and shadow treasurer Joe Hockey were in fine form at the Sydney Writers’ Festival — and might even have gone off script.

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The three women ruling the Oz writers’ festival circuit

Three women — Lisa Dempster, Kate Eltham and Jemma Birrell — now lead Australia’s three largest events for writing and literature. Crikey profiles the trio shaking up the writers’ festival circuit.

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Sydney Writers’ Festival: the public and the private

At writers festivals, authors are expected to reveal something more of themselves. The best appearances throughout this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival were from those who talked candidly about doubts and desires, writes Bethanie Blanchard.

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First impressions of the Sydney Writers Festival

Sage advice from Jennifer Byrne, scribbled notes, late nights, early mornings, getting lost in winding streets — these are some of Bethanie Blanchard’s first impressions of this year’s Sydney Writers Festival.

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The warriors and whingers muse at Sydney scribe fest

Walking into Kevin Rudd’s interview with Bob Katter at the Sydney Writers’ Festival yesterday afternoon, I was a little confused.

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Pollies grumble at writers’ fest: ‘good govt and ALP are strangers’

Can the ALP survive? And if so, what form will it be in? There was huge interest in this topic at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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All write, where are the women at the Sydney Writers’ Festival?

Why isn’t there a high-profile female writer talking about the economy or climate change?

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Video of the Day: Tony Abbott doesn’t know what “peak oil” is

New Opposition Leader Tony Abbott struggles with the “arcane concept” of peak oil at the Sydney Writers’ Festival:

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The SMH drops out of London

Regarding Monday’s commentary on The Sydney Morning Herald’s rapidly dwindling world coverage, it’s worth noting the reduced SMH presence in London in the past few weeks, says one Crikey tipster.

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PR and journalism merges into one at writers’ festival

What are the UTS and Sydney Writers’ Festival, supposed bastions of intelligent and unfettered debate, doing colluding? asks Elizabeth Farrelly in this tale for our times.

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Talking the Town: white people like writers’ festivals

The Sydney Writers’ Festival has verged very close to a bunch old farts talking about their apparently hilarious sex lives, writes Margot Saville.

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Writers’ fest does blogging. Your thoughts?

To blog or not to blog? That was just one of the questions posed by moderator Rachel Hills to a panel of bloggers, journalists and one burnt-out ex-journalist at a Sydney Writers’ Festival gig on Sunday.

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Greer bores the tits off the Sydney Writers’ Festival

The real Germaine Greer, the versatile commentator, is not the Germaine Greer of today’s audience’s beloved memory, the louche outrageous, liberatory author of the Female Eunuch, sudden and startling global figurehead.

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Guy Rundle at the Sydney Writers’ Festival

Crikey’s roving reporter Guy Rundle hits the Sydney Writers’ Festival — and gets booted out.

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