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People of Letters
Saturday, May 24 2014 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Free, no bookings
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Scott Spark, Benjamin Law, David Williamson, Kristin Williamson, Eddie Sharp, Ella Scott Lynch, Liam Pieper, Cate Blake, Karl Kruszelnicki, Zan Rowe, Michaela McGuire (facilitator)
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Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy return to Sydney Writers’ Festival for the second time with their smash hit sensation. In this rare People of Letters show, writers, performers and well-known Australians are paired off and invited to write ‘A letter to my other half’. The stage will be awash with warmth and curious tales of affection, bringing together the heady combination of sentiment and sauvignon blanc audiences have grown to know and love.

Ella Scott Lynch (Australian)

Ella Scott Lynch is an Australian actor who grew up in Sydney. After a brief stint as a child actor she appeared in the movie Shine and then went on to graduate from the NIDA full time acting course in 2004. Since then she has appeared in numerous theatre, film and television productions. Film credits include Emulsion, Monkey Puzzle and Charlotte's Web. She is most known for her regular roles on the popular television shows Home & Away, All Saints, City Homicide, Mr and Mrs Murder and Crownies . She has also appeared in the mini series' Emerald Falls, The Silence Underbelly Badness and Serangoon R. Currently she can be seen on Channel 9's new show Love Child where she plays the character Shirley Ryan as well as the ABC's spin off of Crownies, Janet King where she reprises the role of Erin O'Shaughnessy. She is currently filming the second series of Love Child in Sydney.

Liam Pieper (Australian)

Liam Pieper studied creative writing and then journalism and now works as a freelance writer. Before that he worked as a chef, a music critic, a non-union itinerant labourer and a mediocre criminal. His work has appeared in Meanjin, The Best of The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging and The Sleepers Almanac, and he is the co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Residency. His memoir The Feel-Good Hit of the Year was released this year.

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Cate Blake (Australian)

Cate Blake is the Managing Editor of the General Publishing department at Penguin Books Australia.

Eddie Sharp
Eddie Sharp (Australian)

Eddie Sharp is the host and founder of Erotic Fan Fiction. He has been published in Vice Magazine, Ampersand, Smith Journal and The Women Of Letters anthology. His theatre credits as a writer, performer and director include The Mad Max Remix and Some Film Museums I Have Known. He has curated literary events and exhibitions for Kaldor Public Art Projects, The Wheeler Centre and The MCA. He co-hosts Versus on FBi 94.5 FM on Sunday Mornings at 10am.

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Michaela McGuire (Australian)

Michaela McGuire is a writer, columnist and co-curator of Women of Letters. Michaela McGuire's first book, Apply Within: Stories of Career Sabotage, was published in 2009. She writes a weekly blog for The Monthly called Twirling Towards Freedom, and her recent work includes Penguin Special A Story of Grief and  Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law.

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Kristin Williamson (Australian)

Kristin Williamson has been an actor, teacher and was a National Times journalist for eight years. She has written for film and television and is the author of eight books, including two biographies and two bestselling novels. Kristin and playwright David Williamson have been married for forty years and have five children and eleven grandchildren. They divide their time between Sydney and Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Benjamin Law (Australian)

Benjamin Law is the co-author of Sh*t Asian Mothers Say. He is a Brisbane-based writer and a frequent contributor to frankie, The Monthly, Qweekend and Good Weekend. He is the author of two books – The Family Law, which was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs), and Gaysia. He has written for over 50 Australian and international publications (including the Australian Financial Review, The Big Issue, Smith Journal, Sunday Life, Griffith REVIEW, Crikey and Travel and Leisure: South East Asia) and has been anthologised in The Best Australian Essays twice. He has appeared on Sunrise, Q&A and The First Tuesday Bookclub.

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Karl Kruszelnicki (Australian)

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney. He is a qualified medical doctor, engineer, physicist, and mathematician. Dr Karl has written 34 books, consistently appears on the list of the Most Trusted Australians, and in 2012 was named one of Australia's National Living Treasures.

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Scott Spark (Australian)

Shortly after being unearthed by triple j in 2010, Scott Spark released his debut album, Fail Like You Mean It. He's since been awarded the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship and the inaugural Smoky Dawson Scholarship. His second album, Muscle Memory, was written between Brisbane’s summertime floods and New York’s fall, and was recorded during a stint of sleeping on the floor in Los Angeles. He describes it as equal parts English Pub and Opera House.

David Williamson (Australian)

David Williamson has been Australia’s best known and most widely performed playwright for the last forty years. His more than forty five produced plays include The Removalists, Don’s Party, The Club, Travelling North, The Perfectionist, Sons of Cain, Emerald City, Money and Friends, Brilliant Lies, Dead White Males, After the Ball, The Jack Manning Trilogy, The Great Man, Up For Grabs, Soulmates, Scarlett O'Hara At the Crimson Parrott, Nothing Personal, When Dad Married Fury, Managing Carmen and Rupert. His plays have been translated into many languages and performed internationally, including major productions in London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington. Up For Grabs went on to a West End production starring Madonna in the lead role. David's many awards include 11 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, 4 Australian Film Institutes’ Award for Best Screenplay and, in 1996, the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award. David has been named one of Australia’s Living National Treasures.

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Zan Rowe (Australian)

Zan Rowe is the presenter of Mornings, weekdays on triple j. She has worked in community and public broadcasting since 1996, with a passion for music journalism and programming. Zan regularly appears as a music correspondent on ABC News Breakfast, The Project, 774 Melbourne and 702 Sydney, and has covered SXSW Music Conference annually for most of the past decade. She has a passion for speaking with those who create, both on stage and behind the scenes and is omnipresent on Twitter where she discusses all of this and more, every day and night.



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