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Festival Club - Thursday
Thursday, May 22 2014 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM Ticketed: $15
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Reza Aslan, Jeremy Scahill, Karima Bennoune, Eddie Sharp, Annabel Crabb, Dan Ilic, AH Cayley, Astrid Lorange, Matt Kelly, Maxine Beneba-Clarke
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Stay up late with SWF. Featuring bedtime stories from All The Best, The Chaser’s Empty Vessel with Julian Morrow and Chris Taylor, and Eddie Sharp’s infamous Erotic Fan Fiction.


7:30pm - All The Best Live - Human

Storytelling and documentary radio program All The Best knows that the best stories are about people. We do character driven, narrative storytelling, and we’ve asked five of our favourite people to come and tell you human stories on stage. Realising somebody is human after all, or that they’re only human. Humans growing up, making decisions, saying awful things to other humans, being excellent to each other.

We’re obsessed with each of these storytellers for the things they do and the way they do them. Come down early for stories from Meanjin’s youngest ever editor, Zora Sanders, author Maxine Beneba-Clarke, web developer Dan Nolan, a story and a song from musician Caitlin Park, and a tale by writer and radio producer Belinda Lopez.

9:00pm - The Chaser’s Empty Vessel
The Chaser's Empty Vessel returns to lower the tone of Sydney Writers' Festival for another year. Join Chris Taylor and Julian Morrow for more lively, irreverent and freewheeling discussions with some of the biggest and/or longest names at the Festival, including Reza Aslan, Jeremy Scahill and Karima Bennoune.

10:30pm - Erotic Fan Fiction
Erotic Fan Fiction returns for one seedy night only with brand-new filth written by some of Australia’s most exciting authors. This event promises to conjure up a different kind of magic in an adults-only kind of way. Hosted by Eddie Sharp and featuring new stories from Annabel Crabb, Dan Ilic, AH Cayley, Astrid Lorange and Matt Kelly

Change from printed program: Story Club at 7.30pm is replaced by All The Best Live - Human

Astrid Lorange
Astrid Lorange (Australian)

Astrid Lorange is an Associate Lecturer at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Her critical study of Gertrude Stein, How Reading is Written is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press. Her poetry books include Eating and Speaking, Minor Dogs and FOOD TURNS INTO BLOOD. She co-edits SUS Press, a publisher of chapbooks from the USA and Australia.

Julian Morrow (Australian)

Julian Morrow is a co-founder of The Chaser, a satirical media empire which rivals Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in all fields except power, influence, popularity and profitability. He spends one day a week experimenting with being boring and middle-aged as host of the Friday edition of RN Drive and regularly resents the ABC consumer affairs show The Checkout.

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Matt Kelly
Matt Kelly (Australian)

Matt Kelly is one half of comedy performance powerhouse The List Operators, a duo who make and perform comedy for kidults (kids and their adults). They have been nominated for the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival best show award (the Barry) and have played to thousands of children and their parents all over the world including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Malaysia and received multiple 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Reza Aslan (International)

Reza Aslan is an internationally-acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam was named one of the 100 most important books of the decade. Reza’s recent The New York Times number one bestseller is Zealot, a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.

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A.H. Cayley (Australian)

A.H. Cayley is a Sydney writer, broadcaster and performer. She is co-creator, senior producer and co-host of Backchat, FBi Radio's flagship politics programme, where she once convinced the former Deputy Prime Minister to forward-announce the UV Race song 'Raw Balls'. She curates and hosts Confession Booth at Giant Dwarf, is a writer and performer for A Rational Fear, and has been published in The Lifted Brow, Mess+Noise, Cuttings and PAN Magazine, where she was deputy editor.

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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Jeremy Scahill (International)

Jeremy Scahill is an award-winning investigative journalist, and the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. His latest book is Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield. As national security correspondent for The Nation, he has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Jeremy is launching a website dedicated to investigative journalism site with journalists Glenn Greenwald, previously of The Guardian, and Laura Poitras.

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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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Chris Taylor (Australian)

Chris Taylor is a writer, director and performer who's best known as a member of The Chaser team, whose television programs include The Hamster Wheel and The Chaser’s War on Everything. Chris has also presented radio shows on triple j, including the drive program Today Today and the ARIA Award winning comedy series The Blow Parade. His debut book How To Meet Deadlines has been postponed to a 2018 release date.

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Karima Bennoune
Karima Bennoune (International)

Karima Bennoune is a law professor and has published widely in The Guardian, The New York Times, the website of Al Jazeera English, and many more. The topic of her most recent book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here is a very personal one for her. Her father spoke out against fundamentalism and terrorism, and faced death threats during the 1990s. In researching her book, Karima set out to meet people who are today fighting for what her father believed in. Karima has served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA. Currently, she sits on the Board of the Network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws. She has also been a consultant on human rights issues for many international organisations.

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Dan Ilic
Dan Ilic (Australian)

Dan Ilic is one of Australia’s most prolific comedy filmmakers. Dan has been making television for ten years. His credits include: 702 ABC Sydney, Australia’s Funniest Home Videos, The Olympic Show, The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, The Mansion, Hungry Beast, Hamster Wheel, Can of Worms.As a comedian Dan has performed on stage and at festivals all around the world, including New York, Edinburgh and Afghanistan. He is the founder and host of A Rational Fear.



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