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Festival Club - Saturday
Saturday, May 24 2014 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM Ticketed: $15
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Zoe Norton Lodge, Ben Jenkins, Richard Morecroft, Lally Katz, Michelle Law, Andrew Solomon, Jim Al-Khalili, Yasmine El Rashidi, Julian Morrow, Dominic Knight
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Stay up late with SWF. Featuring writers in the infamous armchair for Story Club, The Chaser’s Empty Vessel with Julian Morrow and Dominic Knight, and music to dance the night away.

7:30 PM - Story Club

A themed, live storytelling night where exceptional people of the known and unknown variety sit in a giant armchair and read their true, hilarious stories out of a novelty-sized book. Story Club is being developed by ABC2 for release later in 2014. Featuring: Richard Morecroft, Lally Katz, Michelle Law, Zoe Norton Lodge and Ben Jenkins.

9 PM - The Chaser’s Empty Vessel
The Chaser's Empty Vessel returns to lower the tone of Sydney Writers' Festival for another year. Join Dominic Knight and Julian Morrow for more lively, irreverent and freewheeling discussions with some of the biggest and/or longest names at the Festival including Andrew Solomon, Jim Al-Khalili and Yasmine El Rashidi.

10:30 PM - Up late with Nova & the Experience 

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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Zoe Norton Lodge (Australian)

Zoe Norton Lodge is a writer and performer, working in print, radio, theatre and television. Recently she has worked for The Chaser, The Hamster Wheel (2012) and The Checkout (2013). Zoe has a regular segment on Julian Morrow's Radio National Drive program The Bluffer's Guide. Her short stories have been published in many Australian journals including Best Australian Stories (2012). Zoe was the co-ordinator of the National Young Writers' Festival (2011-2012). Zoe is the co-creator of Story Club.

Ben Jenkins
Ben Jenkins (Australian)

Ben Jenkins is a writer and comedian. As well as his own blog, Ben is a contributor to The Vine and The Daily Life. He has worked for The Chaser on The Hamster Wheeland The Checkout. Ben co-founded comedy outfit, Project 52, which has produced over 250 comedy shows since 2008. Ben is a regular in Sydney’s comedy scene and has created shows for the Sydney Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Ben is co-creator of Story Club.

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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Yasmine El Rashidi (International)

Yasmine El Rashidi is the author of The Battle for Egypt: Dispatches from the Revolution, a series of riveting dispatches in which the Cairo native provides an eyewitness account of the entire 2011 Egyptian revolution as it unfolded, from its origins in the days leading up to the 25 January protest in Tahrir Square to the subsequent military takeover and the March 2011 constitutional referendum. Yasmine regularly contributes to The New York Review of Books, is a contributing editor to the Middle East arts and culture quarterly Bidounand was a 2012-2013 Hodder Fellow at Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts.

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Lally Katz (Australian)

Lally Katz is a Melbourne based writer who works in theatre, film and television. She has written over forty plays which have been performed in both major and independent Australian theatres and internationally. Lally is currently adapting her play Neighbourhood Watch for the screen, working on new plays for Belvoir and MTC, is resident playwright at the Malthouse Theatre, is developing an original television series and is writing her first novel.

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Michelle Law (Australian)

Michelle Law is an AWGIE award-winning screenwriter who has worked on Slide, Flashforward, and the television adaptation of The Family Law. Her writing has appeared in Women of Letters, Destroying the Joint, Growing Up Asian in Australia, Griffith REVIEW, Meanjin and Good Weekend. She is currently working on an ABC documentary about suicide in Australia and writing a collection of memoir essays about illness, and co-authored Sh*t Asian Mothers Say with Benjamin Law.

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Dominic Knight (Australian)

Dominic Knight presents Evenings on 702 ABC Sydney and ABC Local Radio NSW/ACT. He’s one of the founders of The Chaser, and recently celebrated 10 years since his last arrest. He has written the novels Disco Boy and Comrades, which he describes as ‘like David Foster Wallace, in that they are written in English’. Man vs Child is available now, and reflects his experiences with radio, comedy and ongoing immaturity.

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Richard Morecroft (Australian)

Richard Morecroft is perhaps best known for his two decades as ABC television's principal news presenter, as well as hosting wildlife documentaries and most recently SBS television's popular quiz programme Letters and Numbers. Richard has authored or co-authored seven books, including 20 Years from the Waist Up, A Natural Selection, Raising Archie and Impossible Pets. He is a regular host of industry forums and conferences and has conducted many onstage interviews with guests ranging from John Cleese to Gough Whitlam.

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Andrew Solomon (International)

Andrew Solomon's latest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, has won 13 national awards. It tells the stories of families affected by disability and difference who yet find profound meaning, inspiration, and identity through their differences. Andrew argues that diversity is what unites us. His previous book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, won the 2001 National Book Award for Non-fiction, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, and won 14 other awards.

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Jim Al-Khalili (International)

Jim Al-Khalili is a British scientist, author and broadcaster. He is a professor of physics at the University of Surrey, where he also holds a chair in the Public Engagement in Science. He is president of the British Humanist Association. Jim has written many books on science. Including Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science and his most recent book, Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Science contains Jim’s personal favourite puzzles and conundrums in science. These have all famously been referred to as paradoxes, but which turn out not to be paradoxes at all when considered carefully and viewed from the right angle.

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