Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013 Program Highlights

May 20th, 2013



* SYDNEY Writers’ Festival

Sydney Writers’ Festival is Australia’s largest annual celebration of literature and ideas with over 300 events (many free) and stretches from Walsh Bay to the Blue Mountains. 

  • 20 – 26 May 2013

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013 Has Begun

It’s time to fill your diaries and get ready to experience all that Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013 has to offer.The Festival begins this weekend with workshops at the State Library of New South Wales, a packed Blue Mountains program presented with Varuna, the Writer’s House – and more!On Tuesday we look forward to Daniel Morden’s Opening Address, ‘The Ghost at My Shoulder’, before the Festival gets underway with a buzz of Festival events happening down at the Walsh Bay Precinct and across the city.Tickets are still available to many events. Take a look at the full line-up online here. 

Gillian Mears

Gillian Mears has been an award-winning writer since her first collection of stories, Ride a Cock Horse, was published in 1988 by Bruce Pascoe. After years of physical pain due to an illness, Gillian made a triumphant return to the literary world in 2011 with the publication of Foal’s Bread– her first novel in 16 years, which went on to win the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction and numerous other awards.For the first time since Foal’s Breadwas published, Gillian speaks to a Sydney audience about her beautiful novel, her writing and her love of horses – while reuniting with her first publisher, Bruce Pascoe. Introduced by Jane Palfreyman.When: Sunday 26 May, 11am – 12.30pm
Where: Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay
Tickets: $20/$14 phone 92501988 or click here to book online

The Artist Of Disappearance, Anita Desai

India’s “greatest living writer” (The Guardian). Don’t miss Anita Desai at Sydney Writers’ Festival.Anita Desai will discuss The Artist of Disappearanceand her extraordinary body of work, with 2012 Man Booker finalist Deborah Levy. Firmly established as the most revered Indian novelist of her generation, Anita Desai’s writing spans decades, continents and emotional landscapes. With her singular voice, she deals with issues of identity, place, language and loss. Anita has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times, has received the Sahitya Akademi Award and The Guardian Prize. In this conversation, Anita discusses the forces and motivations behind her incredible literary works.When: Thursday 25 May, 6-7pm
Where: City Recital Hall
Tickets: $32/$25 phone 9250 1988 or click here to book online.

Festival Club Returns

Join us in the Festival Club, featuring exhilarating new and established writers alongside various personalities and musicians, all taking their turn at entertaining you with their stories. Highlights this year include Teen Diary Readings, Erotic Fan Fiction, The Chaser’s Empty Vessel, musician Kate Miller Heidke, Spoken Four (with international artists Kate Tempest and Anis Mojgani), HEDTalks (with Andrew Denton) and Story Club!Beer, wine and food available on the night.The Festival Club is programmed in collaboration with Eddie Sharp.Click on the below links to find out what’s happening at the Festival Club each night Wednesday-Saturday at Pier 2/3.Festival Club Wednesday 
Festival Club Thursday
Festival Club Friday
Festival Club SaturdayWhen: Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 May. Festival Club starts at 7pm. 
Where: Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay
Tickets: $10 at the door. No bookings.

Introducing The SWF Blog And Writer-In-Residence Josephine Rowe

This year you can go behind the scenes of the Festival and gain a deeper understanding of our guests through the SWF blog. The blog will contain images, writing and interviews by guest blogger, Josephine Rowe. Check out the blog here. Josephine Rowe was born in 1984 and lives in Melbourne. In 2011 she was the Australian representative at the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Meanjin, Overland, Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Poems, The Iowa Review, and Griffith Review. They have also been reinterpreted as short films, performance pieces and broadcast on radio. Her new short story collection Tarcutta Wake, explores the idea of things that are left behind.

A Message From The University of Sydney

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney are thrilled to again be sponsoring Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2013. 
Our academics, students and alumni feature heavily across the festival program, in sessions as diverse as the Classics, multiculturalism, sex, China and fan fiction.
Another way we are helping to bring big ideas to the literary public is by supporting a visit by The New Yorker’s chief literary critic, James Wood, to the Festival.
Ranked in the top 25 universities in the world for arts and humanities, the University of Sydney offers a wide range of courses for those interested in the Festival theme of ‘Storytelling’, including English, Literature, Classics and Ancient History, and many more.
For further details on the University’s festival involvement, visit our micro-site:

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