Sydney Writers' Festival - Live and Local

Sydney Writers' Festival - Live and Local

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Posted 2024-05-19 by Vanessa Powellfollow

Thu 23 May 2024 - Sun 26 May 2024



One of Australia's most loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, the Sydney Writers' Festival will live-stream a selection of its headline events from Sydney to the State Library of Western Australia.

Prepare to be invigorated and engaged by conversations, debates and discussions featuring some of the world's finest writers and thinkers. Audiences can also participate in live Q&A sessions at each event, sending questions straight to the Sydney stage.

Live captions will be available for all sessions.


Full program:

Thursday 23 May
10:00–11:00 AM Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Man of Two Faces
Hear celebrated author Viet Thanh Nguyen, hailed as “a conscience of American literature” (The New Yorker), discuss his new work with writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law.

12:00–1:00PM Suzie Miller: Prima Facie
Put the courts on trial with lawyer turned Olivier Award-winning playwright Suzie Miller as she discusses novelising her theatrical triumph that tackles sexual assault. In conversation with Nicole Abadee.

2:00–3:00 PM Julian Borger: I Seek a Kind Person
“I seek a kind person who will educate my intelligent boy, aged 11.” An extraordinary 1938 personal advertisement that started Julian Borger’s quest into his father’s past and the story of Holocaust survival. With Michaela Kalowski.

4:00–5:00 PM Fantastical Worlds
Imagine another world with popular fantasy authors Garth Nix (The Old Kingdom series), Shelley Parker-Chan (The Radiant Emperor duology) and Samantha Shannon (The Roots of Chaos series). Hosted by Aimée Lindorff.

Friday 24 May
10:00–11:00 AM The War on Journalists
Hear celebrated author Viet Thanh Nguyen, hailed as “a conscience of American literature” (The New Yorker), discuss his new work with writer and broadcaster Benjamin Law.

12:00–1:00PM Abdulrazak Gurnah: Afterlives
Explore his writing and unpack the legacies of empire with acclaimed writer Abdulrazak Gurnah, whose 10th novel explores displacement, loss and love during and after the German occupation of East Africa. With Sisonke Msimang.

2:00–3:00 PM Feminist Firebrands
"Four waves in, the feminist fight for gender equality is far from over." Writers and activists Hannah Ferguson, Sisonke Msimang and Jennifer Robinson discuss the most pressing issues facing women today with host Jo Dyer.

4:00–5:00 PM 5km From the Frontline
Hear from journalist Alisa Sopova and photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind, whose extraordinary documentary photography series offers a unique, personal and deeply affecting look at the Ukraine war. With ABC RN’s Hamish Macdonald.

Saturday 25 May
10:00–11:00 AM Trent Dalton: From Eli to Lola [AUSLAN interpreted]
Trent Dalton, award-winning author of Boy Swallows Universe (now a hit Netflix series) returns with Lola in the Mirror, a big, beautiful novel about grappling with our past, present and possible futures. In conversation with Cassie McCullagh.

12:00–1:00 PM Storytellers: Leigh Sales and Lisa Millar
ABC legends Leigh Sales (Storytellers) and Lisa Millar (Muster Dogs) unpack the craft of turning real-life events into a narrative, drawing from their recent books and a combined 65 years in journalism.

2:00–3:00 PM Katy Hessel: The Story of Art Without Men
Overturn art history as you know it with art historian and curator Katy Hessel – creator of the popular podcast and Instagram account The Great Women Artists – in conversation with curator Beatrice Gralton.

3:30–4:30 PM Sad Girl? Bad Girl? Mad Girl?
Hear from debut Australian novelists Nadine J. Cohen (Everyone and Everything), Madeleine Gray (Green Dot) and Jessie Stephens (Something Bad is Going to Happen) about making and breaking the rules of ‘sad girl’ literature. In conversation with The Guardian’s Steph Harmon.

Sunday 26 May
11:30 AM–12:30 PM David Wengrow: The Dawn of Everything
Transform your understanding of human evolution with professor of archaeology David Wengrow, whose groundbreaking work with the late David Graeber overturns theories on the origins of farming, cities, democracy, slavery and civilisation itself. In conversation with ABC RN’s Richard Fidler.

1:30–2:30 PM Dark Technologies: Exposing the technology of modern warfare
Hear about the role of emerging technologies in conflict and occupation with Walkley Award-winning journalist Antony Loewenstein (The Palestine Laboratory), artificial intelligence expert Toby Walsh (Faking It) and host Michael Richardson.

3:30–4:30 PM Closing Address: Kate Manne on the Future of Misogyny
Philosopher Kate Manne is heralded for her vivid, rigourous analysis on misogyny in her books Down Girl and Entitled. Join Kate for a compelling exploration of what she believes lies ahead.

Thurs 23 - Sun 26 May. All Day. Discovery Lounge - Ground Floor, The State Library of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street, Perth. Free. For more info click here .

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