Australia’s largest gathering of writers and readers returns to Sydney this autumn for another week celebrating books and ideas that matter.
From authors of fiction to non-fiction, intellectuals and scientists to screenwriters and musicians, every year the Sydney Writer’s Festival brings together local and international writers across 300 free and paid events to talk, discuss and answer the truths, lies, and ideas raised in their works.
Past international guests have included such esteemed writers as Jennifer Egan (A Visit From The Goon Squad), George Saunders (The Braindead Megaphone), Paul Beatty (The Sellout) and Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist: Essays).
While local stars to take to the Sydney Writer’s Festival stage have been Helen Garner (Monkey Grip), John Safran (Depends What You Mean by Extremist) and Ceridwen Dovey (In The Garden Of The Fugitives) amongst many, many others.
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Once again, Carriageworks will act as the festival hub for the week-long festival beginning April 27 but just as reading is for everybody, so too is the Sydney Writer’s Festival. Regional and suburban events will be held as far north as Hornsby, as far south as Wollongong, and out west in the Blue Mountains too. And what’s more, through the Live & Local project, a number of events will be streamed in real-time to communities right across Australia.
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However, you’re all going to have to stay tuned because the 2020 Sydney Writer’s Festival program will not be announced until mid-March.
But if you can’t wait till late-April for an intellectually stimulating and engaging event, the Sydney Writer’s Festival team has a special night on March 2 planned involving Burt Van Es, author of The Cut Out Girl, and, later in the evening, rockstar economist Yanis Varoufakis. Please note that these events are separate.
Otherwise, jump across to the festival podcast page and listen to any number of the 395 clips they have curated for your listening pleasure. Don’t know where to start? Try the summer listening playlist.
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