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Closing Address: Giving Readers What They (Don’t Know They) Want
Sunday, May 25 2014
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
For the 2014 Closing Address, Emma Donoghue talks about the transformative powers of literature: the way it invites, provokes, charms, challenges and troubles readers. Through the style and tone of what we write, as much as what we write about (and leave out), writers make choices that are political as well as literary. Though writing is not activism (or even its reliable ally), writers do - through representation, point of view, empathy and humour – take part in the job of changing the world, one reader at a time.
Emma Donoghue (International)
Novelist Emma Donoghue is the author of the bestselling Room, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, as well as The Sealed Letter, Landing, Life Mask, Slammerkin, Hood and Stir-fry. Her work also includes four short story collections, plays for stage and radio, and two anthologies that span the 17th to the 20th centuries. This year sees the release of Emma’s eighth novel Frog Music, full of intrigue and murder. emmadonoghue.com