Program by Location: Location: Walsh Bay Precinct
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Monday 16 May
BOSTES: Shakespeare’s Sonnets Code: BOS1  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Theatre, Poetry, Young Adult, Music

Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly and Bell Shakespeare’s Peter Evans explore why Shakespeare’s sonnets continue to inspire.

Monday 16 May 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Secondary School Days: City Code: SSD1  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Education, Young Adult

Monday 16 May 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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BOSTES: The Making of Modern Australia Code: BOS2  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: History, Australian History, Young Adult

Historian and writer Tom Keneally explores the impact of World War One in shaping modern Australia.

Monday 16 May 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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BOSTES: Changing Australia Code: BOS3  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Indigenous, Australian History, History, Young Adult

Stan Grant, Eva Orner and Alice Pung discuss racism, refugees and minorities in Australia.

Monday 16 May 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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BOSTES: Innovate or Die Code: BOS4  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Business & Economics, Technology, Young Adult

Futurist Richard Watson and David Uren talk global markets, innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia.

Monday 16 May 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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BOSTES: Climate Change and All That Code: BOS5  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Science & Environment, Politics & Current Affairs, Young Adult

Peter Doherty implores citizens to become informed so they can participate in scientific debate.

Monday 16 May 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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BOSTES: Lessons from the Other Side Code: BOS6  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Health, Sport, Young Adult, Biography & Memoir

Leisel Jones talks about fame, bullying, depression, media scrutiny and how to be true to yourself.

Monday 16 May 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Austen’s Women  * SOLD OUT * Code: 3  |  Type: Performance   |  Genres: Theatre

Thirteen of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in this celebrated performance by Rebecca Vaughan.

Monday 16 May 7:00 PM - 8:10 PM
Wharf 2 Theatre, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $36/$25
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Tuesday 17 May
Primary School Days: City  * SOLD OUT * Code: PSD2  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Children's & Family, Education

A fun, educational and interactive day for students: featuring Jon Klassen, Liz Pichon, Tohby Riddle and Judith Rossell.

Tuesday 17 May 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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2016 Opening Address: Kate Tempest  * SOLD OUT * Code: 6  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Poetry, Politics & Current Affairs, Fiction

Kate Tempest performs her poems, and talks about how the stories we choose define us.

Tuesday 17 May 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Austen’s Women  * SOLD OUT * Code: 7  |  Type: Performance   |  Genres: Theatre

Thirteen of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in this celebrated performance by Rebecca Vaughan.

Tuesday 17 May 7:00 PM - 8:10 PM
Wharf 2 Theatre, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $36/$25
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Wednesday 18 May
Primary School Days: City  * SOLD OUT * Code: PSD3  |  Type: School Days

A fun, educational and interactive day for students: featuring Jon Klassen, Liz Pichon, Tohby Riddle and Judith Rossell.

Wednesday 18 May 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed (see details)
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Austen’s Women  * SOLD OUT * Code: 9  |  Type: Performance   |  Genres: Theatre

Thirteen of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in this celebrated performance by Rebecca Vaughan.

Wednesday 18 May 7:00 PM - 8:10 PM
Wharf 2 Theatre, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $36/$25
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Insiders Live at Sydney Writers’ Festival Code: 11  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs

A special live SWF Insiders with the best political commentators today and host Barrie Cassidy.

Wednesday 18 May 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $35/$25
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Thursday 19 May
Coffee and Papers with the SMH, Aleksandar Hemon and Madeline Gleeson Code: 13  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs

Start the day with Judith Whelan, SMH journalists and festival guests talking news headlines.

Thursday 19 May 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks
Free, no bookings
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Historical Obsessions Code: 23  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: History, Australian History

Award-winning historians reveal how they fell in love with their subjects.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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Sound and Silence Code: 15  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Music, Fiction

Award-winning novelists Mireille Juchau and Anna Smaill explore the power of sound.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $15
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Ghostwriting: The Untold Story Code: 20  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Biography & Memoir

On the joys (and pitfalls) of being someone’s voice.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $15
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Jane Caro: A Perfectly Imperfect Life  * SOLD OUT * Code: 24  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs

Jane Caro on her life in advertising, her role as a mother and her battles with anxiety.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wharf 2 Theatre, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Annabel Crabb: Food and Friends Code: 17  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Food, Politics & Current Affairs

Annabel shares her recipes in a delightful new cookbook.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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The Secret Weapons of Investigative Journalists Code: 22  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Publishing Industry

Threats, intimidation and high risk taking are all in a day’s work for a journalist.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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Zelda la Grange: Good Morning, Mr Mandela Code: 21  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Biography & Memoir, History

The intimate story of Nelson Mandela as told by his private secretary.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $30/$25
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Wings on the Wharf #WhatLiftsYou Code: 12  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Art & Design

Colour in a gorgeous literary art extravaganza with Kelsey Montague.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Pier 2/3 Foyer, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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Susan Elderkin: The Novel Cure Code: 16  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction, Philosophy

Is reading really the best medicine? Hear from our professional bibliotherapist.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Ken Done: A Life Coloured In Code: 18  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Art & Design, Biography & Memoir

On Ken Done’s life and personal journey in the world of art.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Tim Griffiths: Frank Hurley, Shackleton and the End of the Heroic Age Code: CUR14  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: History

On Frank Hurley's part in one of the most dramatic rescues in history.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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Sport: The Great Distractor? Code: 19  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Sport, Indigenous, Australian History, Politics & Current Affairs

On the systemic racial and cultural tensions that plague Australian sport today.

Thursday 19 May 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pier 4/5 The Waterfront, End of Pier 4/5, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $15
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New Australian Voices Code: 25  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Discover three of Australia’s best emerging writers as they read from and discuss their work.

Thursday 19 May 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks
Free, no bookings
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Jean-François Vernay: A French View on Australian Novels Code: CUR26  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction

Can an outsider have a clearer view of Australian literature?

Thursday 19 May 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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The Underbelly of Sydney Code: 36  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction, Australian History

True tales of the colourful characters who shaped this city’s sordid past. 

Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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Going Home: Belonging, Family and Food  * SOLD OUT * Code: 28  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Food, Travel

On the complicated relationship between heritage, family and home.

Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $15
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Across Generations: Sofie Laguna and Alice Pung Code: 33  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

A frank discussion about the difficult art of writing a child.

Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $15
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Sessions with Susie: Fiona Wright Code: 37  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

Susie Orbach welcomes poet and critic Fiona Wright onto the couch.

Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Wharf 2 Theatre, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Peter Garrett: Big Blue Sky Code: 30  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Science & Environment, Politics & Current Affairs, Music

Peter reveals his personal story from Sydney suburbia to activist and politican.

Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Chris Bowen: The Money Men Code: 35  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Business & Economics

Former treasurer Chris Bowen provides an insider’s perspective on the 12 most notable Treasurers before him.

Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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Julian Barnes: Some of my Best Friends are Biographers Code: 34  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

Julian Barnes casts a sceptical eye on some biographical principles and practices.

Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $30/$25
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Writers in Danger Code: 29  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Politics & Current Affairs, Fiction, Asia

On the perils of writing in repressive regimes.

Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 2/3 Club Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Climate: Knowledge and Hope Code: 31  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Science & Environment, Politics & Current Affairs

On the importance of being informed about science research and climate change policy.

Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $20/$15
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Modern Love: John and Sunday Reed Code: 32  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Art & Design, Australian History, Biography & Memoir

Revisit Australia’s bohemian mid-century art scene.

Thursday 19 May 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pier 4/5 The Waterfront, End of Pier 4/5, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $15
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Catriona Menzies-Pike: Why I’ve Lost Every Marathon I’ve Ever Run Code: CUR38  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Sport, Health, Biography & Memoir

Was every marathon runner born a keen and gifted athlete?

Thursday 19 May 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
Pier 2/3 Curiosity Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, no bookings
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