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Top 10 Free Events at Sydney Writers' Festival 2016

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Turn the page with Australia's best writers
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Sydney Writers' Festival 2016

Sydney's annual writers' festival returns on 16 May, turning pages until 22 May and featuring over hundreds of local and international authors in events throughout the city. Add to your reading list with these 10 free events exploring the latest books to hit our shelves.

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Sydney Writers' Festival 2016

Rising Tension
If the suspense and thrills of a mystery have kept you awake for 'just one more chapter', you deserve to learn the tricks used by Candice Fox, Graham Potts and Aoife Clifford to create your insomnia. Join them on May 20, 1.30 – 2.30pm at Sydney Dance 2 at Walsh Bay.

Creating Worlds
3 masters of imagination discuss the delicate balance when creating their dynamic fictional worlds, leaving a trail into our grounded reality to draw us into the difficult challenges faced by the protagonist. Walk with Anna Smaill, James Bradley and Lynette Noni on May 19, 4.30 – 5.30pm at Sydney Dance 2 at Walsh Bay.

The Risky Business of Breaking News
Our 24-hour social media news cycle offers beauty and frustration. The Martin Place Siege, federal elections and courageous rescues during natural disasters have held our attention to screens large and small. Watch the story unfold in real-time with Chris Reason, Michael Reid, Claire Phipps and Kate McClymont on May 21, 10 – 11am at Sydney Dance 2 at Walsh Bay.

The Secret Weapons of Investigative Journalists
The 'water-cooler' stories from ABC's Four Corners regularly dominate our conversations. Experience the dangerous challenges they endure to uncover hidden truths with 3 Walkley Award winners chatting to Quentin Dempster. Wear your disguise on May 19, 10 – 11am at Sydney Dance 1 at Walsh Bay.

India – Writers Talk Politics
Delve into the contemporary social and political issues in the world's largest democracy. Novelist Deepti Kapoor, journalist Samanth Subramanian and author Ira Trivedi offer their insights on May 19, 3 – 4pm at Sydney Dance 1 at Walsh Bay.

China – Writers Talk Politics
Contrast India's democratic issues with China's challenges as the world's largest nation. Intellectual Xu Zhiyuan, novelist Ye Xin and China Studies lecturer Dr Minglu Chen test the State's direction on May 20, 1.30 – 2.30pm at Sydney Dance 1 at Walsh Bay.

New Australian Voices
Beat your friends in the race to find Australia's next literary stars in this discussion with novelist Peggy Frew, Indigenous poet Maggie Walsh and short-story writer Abigail Ulman on May 20, 10.30 – 11.30am at The Theatre Bar at Walsh Bay.

Choosing your Words
Language is a powerful tool to create and destroy – thoughts, feelings, people, ideas and worlds. Join Don Watson and Anna Smaill to learn why language is our greatest gift but also our greatest weapons on May 20, 4.30 – 5.30pm at Sydney Dance 1 at Walsh Bay.

Beyond eBooks: Books Written for Digital
eBooks can now dynamically change as your view them on a smartphone or tablet. How to they retain the 'bookish' qualities we desire to distinguish them from web pages? Scroll through the collaborative project 'Editions at Play' with Google's Creative Lab Director on May 22, 10 – 11am at Pier 2/3 Club Stage at Walsh Bay.

Have We Reached Peak Internet?
While you wait for the NBN to load this page, ask a futurist, Google creative director and podcast host about technology's infinite possibilities. Download the brainstorm with Richard Watson, T.L. Uglow and PJ Vogt on May 20, 11.30 – 12.30pm at Sydney Dance 1 at Walsh Bay.

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Sydney Writers' Festival 2016

Bookings aren't necessary for these compelling events. Simply arrive and enjoy.

For more free events at the SWF, try the Curiosity Series, 40-minute lectures for hungry minds and open hearts at

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Why? To turn the page with our best writers
When: Sessions at various times
Phone: (02) 9252 7729
Where: Walsh Bay
Cost: Free!
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