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Sydney Writers Festival 2011

April 29, 2011toMay 22, 2011

*   SYDNEY

  • Writers Festival Dates 15-22 May 2011

The Sydney Writers’ Festival is on again with a collection of local and international writers – something for everyone including family friendly events.

Special Events for the Writers Festival:

Monday 16 May 2011 – National Biography Award 2011
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM   Free, bookings essential 9273 1770
Announcement of the winner of Australia’s richest prize for biographical writing and memoir.    
State Library of NSW
 
Monday 16 May 2011 – NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Dinner
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM   Ticketed: $145
Prizes up to $315,000 are presented by the Premier of New South Wales.
Sydney Opera House, Opera Point Marquee
 
Wednesday 18 May 2011 – The Chaser’s Empty Vessel
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM   Free, no bookings
The Chaser, live at the Festival Club. It’s totally free – and worth every cent.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Thursday 19 May 2011 – The Dissident Café: Tweeting from the Middle East
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM   Free, no bookings
Tweet dissident writers in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East via Twitter feed. #swfcafe
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Thursday 19 May 2011 – The 59th Book Design Awards
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM   Ticketed: $77
A celebration of the best in Australian book design.
Australian Technology Park
 
Thursday 19 May 2011 – FBi Radio: Power Trip
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM   Free, no bookings
FBi Radio 94.5 presents a special live version of All the Best.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Thursday 19 May 2011 – Evenings with Robbie Buck
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM   Free, no bookings
Join Robbie Buck for a special live version of Norman the Quiz, plus discussions with visiting authors.
Sydney Dance Cafe
 
Thursday 19 May 2011 – The Chaser’s Empty Vessel
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM   Free, no bookings
The Chaser, live at the Festival Club. It’s totally free – and worth every cent.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Friday 20 May 2011 – Mornings with Deborah Cameron and her Book Club
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM   Free, no bookings
Deborah Cameron and Geordie Williamson chat with Rick Gekoski and Howard Jacobson.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Friday 20 May 2011 – First Tuesday Book Club
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM   Free, bookings essential 8333 3644
ABC TV’s bookclub hosted by Jennifer Byrne, featuring Festival guests Howard Jacobson and AC Grayling.
ABC TV Studios
 
Friday 20 May 2011 – Afternoons with James Valentine
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM   Free, no bookings
James Valentine hosts a quirky and entertaining spin on the world of writing.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Friday 20 May 2011 – Thank God It’s Friday with Richard Glover
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM   Free, no bookings 
Richard Glover with Wendy Harmer and Tim Ross in a Festival edition of the show.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage  read more >
 
Friday 20 May 2011 – WriterOvernighter with Morris Gleitzman
6:00 PM to Saturday,May 21 9:00 AM   Ticketed: $130/$90
An all-nighter at the Powerhouse Museum for families with author Morris Gleitzman.
Powerhouse Museum
 
Friday 20 May 2011 – Imperial Panda Presents Erotic Fan Fiction
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM   Free, no bookings
Erotic Fan Fiction returns for one seedy night of smut and hilarity.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Friday 20 May 2011 – Rives
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM   Free, bookings essential 8839 3399 riversideparramatta.com.au
Join storyteller and poet Rives for this special performance.
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
 
Friday 20 May 2011 – Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Fellowship
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM   Ticketed: $5
The winner of this prestigious award is announced, followed by a rehearsed reading of the play.
Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre Company
 
Friday 20 May 2011 – The Chaser’s Empty Vessel
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM   Free, no bookings
The Chaser, live at the Festival Club. It’s totally free – and worth every cent.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Friday 20 May 2011 – Imperial Panda Presents Ghost Stories
11:00 PM   Free, no bookings
More ghosts, monsters and gypsy curses than you can poke a severed arm at, in a night of unbridled terror.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Saturday 21 May 2011 – You Bridge the Gap
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   Free, no bookings
A citizen participation event on ways non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians can bridge the gap. Join in on Twitter #swfgap.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Saturday 21 May 2011 – You Save the Planet
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM   Free, no bookings 
A citizen participation event on how to save the planet. Join in on Twitter #swfplanet.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Saturday 21 May 2011 – Clubs and Societies
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM   Free, no bookings 
Poets inspired by Australian clubs and societies gather in their first “meeting”.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Saturday 21 May 2011 – Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Presentation
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM   Free, no bookings
The 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and Best First Book are presented by the Governor-General.
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay
 
Saturday 21 May 2011 – The Chaser’s Empty Vessel
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM   Free, no bookings
The Chaser, live at the Festival Club. It’s totally free – and worth every cent.
Pier 2/3 Club Stage
 
Sunday 22 May 2011 – Zine Fair
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM   Free, no bookings
Buy, sell, swap or simply browse at one of the largest zine fairs in the Southern Hemisphere.
Museum of Contemporary Art
 
Sunday 22 May 2011 – Saying Goodbye
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM   Free, no bookings
We farewell Jessica Anderson, Hazel Rowley and Peter Porter.
Bangarra Mezzanine
 
Sunday 22 May 2011 – The Dissident Café: Tweeting from Pakistan
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM   Free, no bookings
Tweet dissident writers in Pakistan. With James Fergusson, Fatima Bhutto and Mustafa Qadri talking and tweeting about Pakistan. #swfcafe
Pier 2/3 Club Stage

For more information go to Sydney Writers Festival

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