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Humour and Debauchery with a Few Manners in Between
Friday, May 23 2014 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Ticketed: $25/$20
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Sandi Toksvig, Gary Shteyngart, Irvine Welsh, Annabel Crabb (facilitator)
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Celebrate the start of the Sydney Writers’ Festival weekend with some of the most intriguing guests at this year’s Festival.

Annabel Crabb speaks to Russian immigrant turned US literary celebrity (with the best book trailers in the business), Gary Shteyngart on Little Failure;Sandi Toksvig one of the UK’s most loved comedians and broadcasters who has a thing or two to share about modern manners in Peas & Queues; and cult author of Trainspotting Irvine Welsh who reveals all about The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins.

Supported by the City of Sydney.

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

Annabel Crabb is a writer and presenter at the ABC, specialising in politics and cooking. Her show Kitchen Cabinet gives her an unparalleled opportunity to peer into the undie drawers and bathroom cabinets of the legislative class, but she usually keeps it to the spice drawer, on account of being nicely-brought-up. Annabel has written about politics for The Advertiser, The Age, and The Sydney Morning Herald. She has appeared on Insiders, Gruen Nation, Randling and is a regular guest on The Drum. She has precious little experience in erotic fiction, but is planning to give it a red hot go.

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Irvine Welsh (International)

Irvine Welsh is the author of eight novels, including Trainspotting, Porno, and Filth. 2014 marks the 21st anniversary of the publication of Trainspotting - a novel famously adapted to film by Danny Boyle. Irvine recently branched into film and is a partner in two film production companies. In Irvine’s most recent novel, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins he has created two of his most memorable female protagonists, and one of the most bizarre, sado-masochistic folies à deux in contemporary fiction.

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Gary Shteyngart (International)

In Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. He shares his American immigrant experience, shifting back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humour, moving insights, and literary bravado. Gary is the author of three acclaimed award-winning novels, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and many other publications.

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Sandi Toksvig (International)

Sandi Toksvig is a well-known broadcaster for both television and radio, hosts The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 and 1001 Things You Should Know on Channel 4. She presented Excess Baggage on Radio 4 and is a regular guest on QI. Sandi has written more than 20 books including fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. Her recent books are Valentine Grey, a warm, fluid 19th-centenary story of heroism and closet homosexuality and Peas & Queues, her own thoughts on modern manners.

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