This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

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Saturday 23 April 2016
Paul Kelly: Seven Sonnets & A Song Album Launch Code: 280  |  Type: Launch   |  Genres: Music

Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly launches his stunning album Seven Sonnets & A Song.

Saturday 23 April 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
State Library of NSW, Mitchell Reading Room, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
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Saturday 14 May 2016
Fiona Wright: Writing from Life  * SOLD OUT * Code: W1  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

Poet, essayist and editor Fiona Wright explores ways in which you can craft compelling writing.

Saturday 14 May 2016 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $100/$80
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Cat Weatherill: How to Make People Listen to You Code: W2  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Theatre

One of Europe’s leading performance storytellers for adults, Cat Weatherill, reveals the tricks of the trade.

Saturday 14 May 2016 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $185/$160
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Claire Scobie: Creating a Believable Story World Code: W3  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction

On how setting is more than just the landscape of your story.

Saturday 14 May 2016 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $185/$160
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Sulari Gentill: Genre Blending Code: W4  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Publishing Industry

Learn to blend genres to produce a hybrid species that doesn’t read like an experiment gone wrong.

Saturday 14 May 2016 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $185/$160
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David Dyer: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction  * SOLD OUT * Code: W5  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Historical Fiction

A workshop on the principles and pitfalls of historical fiction writing.

Saturday 14 May 2016 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $100/$80
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Sunday 15 May 2016
Modern Art Projects and Varuna Present: Wantanganura/Skyworld Code: SR34  |  Type: Exhibition   |  Genres: Indigenous, Art & Design

Aboriginal artists explore the unifying theme of Wantanganura/Skyworld in this special event at Varuna.

Sunday 15 May 2016 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Varuna, The National Writers House, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba
Free, bookings essential modernartprojects.org
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Candice Fox: Sleuths, Science, Serial Killers - the Craft of Crime Writing  * SOLD OUT * Code: W6  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Crime, Fiction

Candice Fox shares tips and tricks for the aspiring crime fiction author. 

Sunday 15 May 2016 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $100/$80
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Jane Messer: Ways into Writing Creatively  * SOLD OUT * Code: W7  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Publishing Industry

Jane Messer unpacks the rule that you should write what you know and shares writing strategies and exercises.

Sunday 15 May 2016 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $100/$80
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Bianca Nogrady: How to be a Successful Freelancer  * SOLD OUT * Code: W8  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Politics & Current Affairs

Learn how to build a freelance writing business that is flexible and fruitful.

Sunday 15 May 2016 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Science House, Science House, 157 - 161 Gloucester Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $100/$80
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Monday 16 May 2016
Primary School Days: Parramatta  * SOLD OUT * Code: PSD1  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Children's & Family, Education

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

Monday 16 May 2016 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
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Secondary School Days: City Code: SSD1  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Education, Young Adult

Monday 16 May 2016 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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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 2016 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, 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 2016 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Not Just Black and White: Aboriginal Histories Revealed Code: SR35  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Indigenous, Biography & Memoir, Australian History

Hear how Murri Elder Lesley Williams fought for justice and changed history for unpaid Indigenous workers.

Monday 16 May 2016 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
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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 2016 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 2016 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Six Bedrooms: Short Stories and the Australian Imagination Code: SR36  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction

Tegan Bennett Daylight (Six Bedrooms) and Kate Fagan discuss short stories and the Australian imagination.

Monday 16 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
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Business Bites: Satyajit Das - Desperately Seeking Innovation Code: BB1  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Technology, Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs

Satyajit Das asks what we really mean when we declare that ‘innovation’ is the solution.

Monday 16 May 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Customs House, Barnet Long Room, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay
Ticketed: $40
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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 2016 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 2016 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Pier 2/3 The Loft, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Vivian Gornick: The Odd Woman and the City Code: SR37  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

Vivian Gornick talks about friendship and the salvation of the city with Leah Kaminsky.

Monday 16 May 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
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Dictionary of Sydney Code: SR38  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Australian History

Find out about the Dictionary of Sydney and the five writers commissioned to write about Blue Mountains icons.

Monday 16 May 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
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Charlotte Wood: The Natural Way of Things Code: SR39  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction, Feminism

Charlotte Wood talks about the ambiguities of power in her new dystopian work The Natural Way of Things.

Monday 16 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
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New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards Presentation and Cocktail Reception Code: 1  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Fiction, Film & TV, Young Adult, Theatre, Indigenous

A prestigious celebration of excellence in Australian writing, held on the festival’s first night.

Monday 16 May 2016 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
State Library of NSW, The Galleries, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Ticketed: $60/$55
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The Dr Dark Memorial Lecture: Good News, Bad News Code: SR40  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Politics & Current Affairs, Publishing Industry

The mainstream media is in crisis and Andrew Fowler (The War on Journalism) tells us why.

Monday 16 May 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Ticketed: $15/$10
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Beth Yahp: Eat First, Talk Later Code: SR7  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Travel

Eat First, Talk Later is Beth Yahp’s memoir about family, nationhood and food.

Monday 16 May 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Blacktown City Max Webber Library, Level 1, Library Function Centre, Corner of Flushcombe Road and Alpha Street, Blackto
Free, bookings essential 9839 6677, swf2016.eventbrite.com.au
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Philip Parsons Lecture by Kate Mulvany: Act Well Your Part Code: 2  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Theatre

Some tough love from a resident artist who thinks the Australian theatre house needs a radical renovation.

Monday 16 May 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Belvoir, Upstairs Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Ticketed: $10
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Little Fictions Code: 4  |  Type: Performance   |  Genres: Fiction

Little Fictions reinvigorates the simple art of being read to.

Monday 16 May 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Knox St Bar, 21 Shepherd Street, Chippendale
Ticketed: $15
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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 2016 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 2016
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 2016 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Secondary School Days: Parramatta Code: SSD2  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Education, Young Adult

Tuesday 17 May 2016 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
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Travelling Home: Debut Fiction Code: SR41  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction

Leah Kaminsky and Miles Allinson discuss their novels and the psychology of memory and guilt.

Tuesday 17 May 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
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James Rebanks: The Good Shepherd Code: SR42  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

James Rebanks redefines Lake District literature with his modern dispatches from an ancient landscape.

Tuesday 17 May 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
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Craig Munro: Under Cover Code: 5  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Biography & Memoir

Craig Munro on his thirty years of adventure in the publishing industry.

Tuesday 17 May 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Free, no bookings
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Business Bites: Richard Watson - Digital vs Human Code: BB2  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Technology, Business & Economics

How will we live, love and think in the future?

Tuesday 17 May 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Customs House, Barnet Long Room, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay
Ticketed: $40
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Magda Szubanski: A Tender Reckoning Code: SR43  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Film & TV

Magda Szubanski talks about her book, family demons and coming out on live TV.

Tuesday 17 May 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
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Life in the Hive Code: SR44  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction

Mireille Juchau and Peggy Frew speak with Tegan Bennett Daylight about their latest novels.

Tuesday 17 May 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
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The Writer’s Mind Code: SR45  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction, Australian History

Mark O'Flynn and Sylvia Martin talk to Barbara Brooks about their new books.

Tuesday 17 May 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
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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 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ticketed: $35/$25
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