The full Sydney Writers’ Festival program has just been released and new Director Jemma Birrell has curated a wonderful line up.
As well as showcasing our incredible Australian writers and authors, I’m particularly excited about the international guests coming out — such as Diego Marani, Anis Mojgani, Naomi Wolf, James Wood, Karl Ove Knausgaard, even Molly Ringwald.
I’ll be covering the festival for Crikey again this year and I’ve been putting together my own festival schedule this morning, so I thought I’d share here a few of my highlights:
Join Ali Lemer as she speaks with award-winning author Michelle de Kretser about her latest novel Questions of Travel.
Leading Australian literary critic Geordie Williamson discusses his new book The Burning Library with Tegan Bennett Daylight.
Anne Summers discusses her new book The Misogyny Factor with Tara Moss.
Jesse Blackadder, Mark O’Flynn and Julienne van Loon discuss their latest books.
Ramona Koval discusses her new memoir and the pleasures of reading with Geordie Williamson.
Benjamin Law teaches the fundamental skills needed for writing stories magazine want.
Editor and publisher Rebecca Starford teaches you the mechanics of editing and drafting in order to make your manuscript shine.
Michael Brissenden shares the stories of hope and anger shared by everyday people across America as told in his book American Stories.
James Wood, Geordie Williamson and Jane Gleeson-White talk with Tegan Bennett Daylight about the books that inspire them.
Novelist Michelle de Kretser in conversation with The Sydney Morning Herald’s Literary Editor, Susan Wyndham.
Maxine McKew discusses what went wrong and the current political climate with Margot Saville.
Joseph Brennan, Amanda Hayward, Lauren Beukes and David Large talk fan fiction.
Ex-Vogue editor Kirstie Clements talks with Tara Moss about the inside of the fashion industry.
An informative workshop on blogging and social media.
Richard Gill talks with Ramona Koval about her lifelong love affair with books and reading.
How is technology is changing the role of the author?
A discussion about the state of reviews in Australian media.
Poetry slam champion Anis Mojgani takes to the stage with his words and rhymes.
Barack Obama’s Chief Digital Strategist, Joe Rospars, and Stephen Muller, the Obama campaign’s Video Director, offer an overview of how the campaign united and mobilised 13 million online supporters toward a single goal of electing President Obama.
Introducing the winner of the inaugural Stella Prize and the importance of a prize of one’s own.
Anna Krien’s controversial and fearless Night Games investigates sex, consent, power and the dark side of footy culture.
What is the state of literary criticism today and why is it so important to have a robust culture of criticism?
What it is that makes particular books worldwide phenomenons?
Joe Rospars, Neil Lawrence and Mark Textor discuss with Leigh Sales how they mould political messages and reputations.
Naomi Wolf, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, Frank Bongiorno and Benjamin Law discuss whether we are more open than ever about sex.
Naomi Wolf addresses her critics and discusses her new book Vagina.
How are Australian books edited and packaged for different markets?
Anne Summers on the rise of ugly and unprecedented expressions of hatred directed at women at the top.
James Wood talks to Susan Wyndham about the art of critiquing and The Fun Stuff.
An afternoon of trivia and laughs celebrating the writing of Australian women, past and present.
Do we need language to define ourselves?
Muller created the President Obama videos that went viral.
Meanjin goes head to head with rival Sydney Review of Books in a series of fun, fast-paced literary games.
#Destroythejoint initiator Jane Caro asks panellists to do what women do best: wreak a little more havoc!
Browse, buy and make zines at the sixth annual MCA Zine Fair.
The art and importance of telling women’s stories.
Hannah Kent talks about Burial Rites, one of this year’s most talked about novels.