MONA's David Walsh

Story of a Life: MONA's David Walsh

Sydney Writers' Festival presents David Walsh, one of Australia's most intriguing icons. Hear David's witty, wickedly subversive life story as he speaks to Phillip Adams.David Walsh - the creator of MONA The Museum of Old and New Art ­ is both a giant and an enigma in the Australian art world. A multi­millionaire who made his money gambling, he has turned a wild vision into a unique and bizarre reality; he is at once controversial, mysterious and idolised. In an exclusive Sydney event, David will speak about his new memoir A Bone of Fact, touching on his childhood in the suburbs of Hobart, his dealings with the tax department, the rise of his gambling empire, his affairs and marriages, and, of course, the establishment of the audacious private art museum that made Tasmania an instant cultural nerve centre both in Australia and around the world.

'Both are dreamers. Both are breathtakingly ambitious. Neither gives stuff what people think about them, thriving on attacks . . . Neither has had time to waste. Crash or crash through. One changed Australia. The other has transformed Tasmania.' ­ Phillip Adams, comparing David Walsh to Paul Keating

When       Thursday 13 November, 7.30pm 
Where      York Theatre | Seymour Centre
Price        $28 + bf / $24 + bf (concession)



Sydney Writers’ Festival and Ideas at the House present one of Australia’s finest writers, Peter Carey. The only Australian to have twice won the Booker Prize, Peter speaks with Jennifer Byrne about his extraordinary career and new novel Amnesia. With uncanny timeliness, Amnesia explores the relationship between Australia and America, from the Battle of Brisbane to computer hackers, via the Dismissal, Pine Gap and the great Australian forgetfulness.

Amnesia is Peter at his best: dark, funny, profound and clearly one of our most engaged and radical writers.

“There are few contemporary writers with such a sure sense of narrative pungency and immediacy” — James Wood, New Yorker

“Mr Carey is one of the finest living writers in English. His best books satisfy both intellectually and emotionally; he is lyrical yet never forgets the imperative to entertain.”— The Economist

Peter Carey has published 18 books and his work has been translated into 24 languages. Since his first collection of short-stories, The Fat Man in History, was published, Carey has won numerous awards including the Miles Franklin Award three times (for BlissOscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs); the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (for Jack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang); and the Booker Prize (for both Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang).

When       Monday 20 October, 7pm 
Where      Studio | Sydney Opera House
Price        $30 + bf


The Festival Lives On!

For anyone experiencing Festival withdrawal we have some good news. The Festival will live on in podcasts, videos and writing on our SWF Blog. You can also relive precious moments with Radio National, ABC Arts and ABC 702. We'll be posting lots of events over the next few weeks. Keep in touch! 

Of course, nothing beats live stories. Put 18-24 May 2015 in the diary! 



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